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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
What happened to Rams' Super Bowl hero

By Mike Sando


NFL history changed when the St. Louis Rams' Mike Jones famously tackled Tennessee Titans receiver Kevin Dyson at the 1-yard line in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Jones' life changed, too.

Rams fans and NFL fans in general should check out our "Lost Heroes of the Super Bowl" pieces from Jeff Chadiha, Liz Merrill and photographer Dominic DiSaia. The associated photo gallery is definitely worth a look.

Jones, Rod Martin, Chris Reis, Jim O'Brien and Ricky Sanders were the subjects.

From Merrill's vignette on Jones:
"The Rams' defense was gassed that night. Jones played every defensive snap and was running around on a bad ankle. Titans quarterback Steve McNair was determined, Jones said. McNair had rallied his team from a 16-0 deficit, and three plays turned into four and into five. 'He was not going to be denied,' Jones said. On the last play of the game, Frank Wycheck ran straight up the field, drawing Jones, and the plan was for McNair to hit an open Dyson near the goal line. He was open, but Jones switched direction. Jones wrapped him up, and Dyson's knee hit the ground at the 1-yard line."