In 1967, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to become the NFL’s first ever Super Bowl Champion. Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, and Max McGee combined to form one of the deadliest trio in Super Bowl history as they beat up the Chiefs, along with a dominate Packers defense, to win 35-10.
That was just the beginning.
Since the Packers victory in 1967, 20 teams have won the Lombardi. Only four teams have never even been to the big show. (Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions)
Can you imagine what the lineup would look like if you examined every team from every Super Bowl and built the perfect team? Who would make the cut?
We are going to start with the Head Coach because what good is a lineup if you have no one calling the plays and managing the sidelines? We’re also going to do our best to avoid naming Patriots to the team because screw those guys.
Head Coach – Vince Lombardi, Packers
Super Bowls – 2 (I, II)
NFL Championships – 4 (1956, 1961, 1962, 1965)
We could spit out facts and stats to prove the point we want to make. But that is just plain easy.
Ask yourself this question instead, who is the Super Bowl trophy named after?
QB – Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers
Championships – 4 (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
MVPs – 3 (XVI, XIX, XXIV)
Passer Rating – 127.83 (SB Record)
Passing Yards – 1,142
Passing TDs – 11 (SB Record)
INTs – 0 (SB Record)
Rushing TDs – 2
There has never been a more efficient player in Super Bowl history than Joe Montana. He is the definition of winning. He led the 49ers to the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons from 1982 to 1991. During those ten years, he won 4 Super Bowl’s, 3 Super Bowl MVPs (Record), and led the 49ers to a come from behind win over the Bengals with a 10 yard TD pass to John Taylor, otherwise known as “The Catch”. Selecting Montana gives us the added bonus of pissing off Tom Brady fans.
RB – Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
Championships – 4 (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
MVPs – 1 (IX)
Rushing Attempts – 101 (SB Record)
Rushing Yards – 354 (SB Record)
Rushing TDs – 4
He was a bruising back standing over six feet tall and weighing north of 225 pounds. He was the reason Pittsburgh won their first ever playoff game thanks to one of the most amazing plays of all time, “The Immaculate Reception”. It was not only his catch and score that led Pittsburgh to the victory, he had 160 total yards including the only Steeler touchdown of the day. He would later be a part of a Pittsburgh team that won four Super Bowls in six seasons, an NFL record.
RB – Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Championships – 3 (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
MVPs – 1 (XXVIII)
Rushing Yards – 289
Rushing TDs – 5 (SB Record)
We have a chance to build the perfect roster of Super Bowl champions and Emmitt Smith falls into our laps? The greatest NFL RB of all time owns the NFL record for most career rushing yards, rushing TDs, and most 100 yard rushing games. He played in 3 Super Bowls and ran for over 100 yards twice. The argument shouldn’t be whether or not he makes the team, it should be whether or not we need a second RB.
WR – Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers