Rank 'Em: Super Bowl Careers

Created: January 30, 2008, 11:32 AM

Is Jerry Rice the ultimate Super Bowl player?
Super Bowl week is here and SportsCenter is helping to start the celebration by ranking the best Super Bowl performances and careers of all-time.

Each weekday leading up to the big game, cast your votes and rank that day's Top 10. Then tune in to SportCenter to see how SportsNation's rankings match up with the experts.

The following is a schedule of categories:

Monday: Top Super Bowl individual performances

Tuesday: Top Super Bowl coaches

Wednesday: Top Super Bowl careers

Thursday: Top Super Bowl games

Friday: Top Super Bowl teams

Rank the top Super Bowl careers now! Just click on the photos below to get started!
 

 
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    The first quarterback to win four Super Bowl championships, Bradshaw seemingly always played his best in this biggest of games, throwing for 932 yards, nine touchdown passes and four interceptions in those four victories. Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP following XIII and XIV, in which his ability to find clutch WRs Lynn Swann and John Stallworth when he needed them most proved to be the difference.
  • New England Patriots
    The Patriots arrive in Arizona with a chance to win their fourth Super Bowl in seven years, and Brady has been the obvious catalyst. In three Super Bowl wins, Brady has thrown for 735 yards, six scores and just one interception and was named MVP of Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII as he drove his club to game-winning field goals in the final minutes of both of those victories.
  • San Francisco 49ers
    The only player in NFL history with five Super Bowl championship rings (two with San Francisco, three with Dallas), Haley totaled a Super Bowl career-record 4.5 sacks in his five Super Bowl appearances.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    The workhorse for the wins in Super Bowls IX and X and a very key component in Super Bowls XIII and XIV, no player has more career rushing attempts (101) and yards (354) in the Super Bowl than his Hall of Famer, who ran for 158 yards and a score in capturing Super Bowl XI MVP honors.
  • San Francisco 49ers
    It's hard to top near-perfection, but Montana was nearly flawless in his four Super Bowl victories. The Niners' signal-caller completed 83-of-122 passes (68.0 percent) for 1,142 yards, 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, plus ran for two scores, and is the only three-time Super Bowl MVP, capturing those honors following XVI, XIX and XXIV.
  • Dallas Cowboys
    In three Super Bowl appearances, only Jerry Rice (8) has scored more touchdowns than Smith (5), who ran for 100-plus yards in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, running for 132 yards and two scores against the Bills at the Georgia Dome in the latter in capturing MVP honors.
  • Green Bay Packers
    The Packers' signal-caller and Hall of Famer won league titles before there were Super Bowls, and he was no slouch in the first two meetings with the AFL champions, throwing for better than 200 yards in each contest (three touchdowns and one interception), which may have surprised some (especially the Chiefs and Raiders, respectively) considering Vince Lombardi's club was better known for its running attack.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    Only Jerry Rice has more receiving yards in Super Bowl history than Swann (364), but even more amazing is the fact that the yards came in only 16 receptions, a gaudy 22.8 yards per reception. Swann was MVP of Super Bowl X, when he snared four passes for 161 yards, including his amazing 53-yard juggling and falling catch in the second quarter.
  • San Francisco 49ers
    Oakland Raiders
    Not surprisingly, Rice (winner of three titles with the 49ers) owns every major receiving record in Super Bowl history, totaling highs in receptions (33), yards (589), and his eight touchdown receptions are also the most total touchdowns in Super Bowl history. Rice is also the owner (48 points scored) or co-holder (11 receptions in a game, three TDs scored in a game; done twice), scored at least one touchdown in each of his four Super Bowl appearances and was MVP in Super Bowl XXIII.
  • New England Patriots
    Indianapolis Colts
    A participant in five Super Bowls and a member of four championship teams, only Jerry Rice (48) has scored more points than Vinatieri (34), who has also booted a Super Bowl-record 10 field goals. More importantly, it's when his kicks have come, the Patriots' three Super Bowl wins all decided by three points and the first two courtesy of last-second kicks by Vinatieri.