Super Bowl Hall of Fame

The Super Bowl is the ultimate stage for anybody involved in the world of professional football. Over its five-decade history, great players and coaches have become legends and memorable moments have become a part of American pop culture. With so much attention and importance placed on the game every season, it is no surprise that some Super Bowl highlights stand the test of time.

Here, we cover some of the most important participants, moments, bets, and entertainment festivities to ever take place on Super Bowl Sunday. With the event seemingly growing bigger every year, it is only a matter of time until more names are added to the list.

Until then however, let this serve as a refresher as you get ready for this year’s big game with our Super Bowl Hall of Fame.

Legendary NFL Players

Tom Brady

With six Super Bowl rings and four Super Bowl MVPs, the New England quarterback has started the annual game a record 9 times. His most memorable perhaps comes in the form of the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, where Brady and the Patriots erased a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime.

Tom Brady with All 6 Super Bowl Rings

Joe Montana

Before there was Brady, there was Joe Montana, and he was at his best on the biggest stage. Going 4-0 on Super Bowl Sunday with a total of three MVPs, eleven touchdowns, and no interceptions, Montana spearheaded the San Francisco 49ers as the team of the 1980s. No game serves as a better example of Montana’s clutch style than the Super Bowl XXIII affair against the Bengals, where Montana orchestrated a 92-yard scoring drive that ended with his game winning touchdown throw to John Taylor.

Joe Montana

Jerry Rice

Considered the greatest wide receiver and in the eyes of many, player, of all time, Jerry Rice is in his own league in terms of Super Bowl receiving stats. Rice holds Super Bowl records for receptions (33), receiving yards (589) and touchdowns (8). Winning titles with both Joe Montana and Steve Young, Rice was named MVP of Super Bowl XXIII and caught three TDs alone in San Francisco’s Super Bowl XXIX victory.

Jerry Rice

Terry Bradshaw

Often overlooked in recent years due to the championship legacies of both Brady and Montana, Terry Bradshaw was the first NFL quarterback to reel in four Lombardi Trophies. His nine Super Bowl touchdowns trail only the two previously mentioned quarterbacks and despite being saddled with numerous Hall of Famers on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, Bradshaw still made plenty happen himself, serving as the MVP of Super Bowl XIII and XIV.

Emmitt Smith

Pro football’s all-time leading rusher made a point of showing up in the biggest moments. With his five rushing touchdowns serving as a record for the game, he also ranks third all-time in rushing yards with 289 in his appearances in the event. Super Bowl XXVIII’s most valuable player, Smith is also the NFL’s leader in career postseason rushing yards (1,586) and touchdowns (19), showcasing his productivity on the road to the big game as well as his role in it.

Terrell Davis

Perhaps the greatest individual rushing performance in the history of the big game, Terrell Davis compiled three touchdowns and 157 yards while dealing with a migraine of all things, helping Denver beat Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII where he would be awarded the game’s MVP. The next year, he tacked on 102 yards on the ground and 50 through the air when the Broncos went back to back defeating the Atlanta Falcons. Davis’ efforts in these outings helped bring longtime quarterback John Elway two world titles before his retirement.

Doug Williams

Despite playing in the game only once, Doug Williams made possibly the biggest impact on the NFL as any Super Bowl MVP ever had before, as his four touchdown, 340-yard day helped Washington cruise past Denver in Super Bowl XXII. Caught in an initial 10-0 hole, Williams’ four passing scores all came in a 35-point second quarter after injuring his knee earlier in the contest. But above it all, he conquered something far bigger than the Broncos and the MVP award on that Sunday, becoming the first African American quarterback to ever win the big one.

Eli Manning

With some of the greatest heroics ever seen in the Super Bowl, Eli Manning defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in two thrilling encounters, giving football fans some of the most jaw dropping moments ever witnessed in the process. With game winning drives in both Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, Manning’s clutch antics earned him MVP honors on both occasions, while also providing arguably the greatest play in the spectacle’s history in his first victory and one of its all-time greatest crunch-time throws in his second.

Joe Namath

The first Super Bowl star who truly shook up the football landscape was Joe Namath, and he didn’t even need a huge statistical day to do it. While much of the afternoon featured the Jets’ QB being a game manager more than anything else, it was his swagger in the pregame buildup of Super Bowl III that now stands the test of time. Guaranteeing to beat the heavily favorited Baltimore Colts of the NFL, Namath and the Jets stunned the sports world with their 16-7 triumph. “Broadway Joe” still wound up being the game’s MVP, and the victory for the Jets (and the former AFL as a whole) would change the world of pro football forever.

Charles Haley

With five Super Bowl rings, Charles Haley’s all-time mark stood for years before being surpassed by Tom Brady’s most recent championship. Dominating as a defensive end and outside linebacker for the 49ers and the Cowboys, Haley’s pass rush was a consistent force for two different dynasties in both the 80s and 90s. His total of 4 ½ sacks are the second most in the event’s history, and he recorded two of them in San Francisco’s nail biter of a win against Cincinnati in Super Bowl XXIII.

Adam Vinatieri

It is impossible to not include Adam Vinatieri in this crop, as his right leg deserves much of the credit in literally launching the Patriots’ dynasty. For starters, his 34 points in the Super Bowl is the most of anyone not named Jerry Rice (48 points). That alone is quite the feat, but it is the game winning field goals in the closing seconds of Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII that make the kicker a legend of Super Bowl Sunday. After helping the Patriots to a third Super Bowl title, Vinatieri would then help guide Peyton Manning to his first Lombardi Trophy as a member of the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Lynn Swann

Lynn Swann’s performances in the Super Bowl are synonymous with his career as a whole, as his acrobatic grabs in the event are the driving part of his legacy and still prove to be immortalized through NFL films. Named the MVP of Super Bowl X, Swann’s highlight-reel caliber receptions and 161 total yards helped push the Steelers past the Cowboys, with his 64-yard scoring grab in the fourth quarter sealing the deal in what would be Pittsburgh’s second of four titles with Swann in the mix.

Steve Young

With two rings already collected as Joe Montana’s backup, Steve Young etched his own championship legacy with one of the greatest passing performances in the history of the competition. With six scoring throws in the 49ers’ 49-26 blowout of the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, Young set the bar for most touchdown passes in a Super Bowl game, and with his additional 24 of 36 passes completed and 325 yards totaled, brought San Francisco its fifth and most recent world championship.

Kurt Warner

Impressively done in two different stints, Kurt Warner lays claims to being one of the most prolific passers in Super Bowl history. Leading the 1999 Rams to a world title as the driving force of “The Greatest Show on Turf”, his MVP performance of Super Bowl XXXIV featured what was at the time, a record performance of 414 passing yards. Following it up with a close loss in what would be the Patriots’ first ever title at Super Bowl XXXVI, Warner racked up 365 yards in that outing and came within an Adam Vinatieri field goal of hauling in his second Lombardi Trophy. Warner would then have a career resurgence with Arizona and would lead the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII where he would tack on 377 more yards in a razor thin loss to Pittsburgh.

Marcus Allen

With one of the most celebrated runs in the history of the NFL, Marcus Allen’s Super Bowl XVIII scamper and surrounding performance remains one of Super Bowl Sunday’s best individual efforts. Allen totaled a then-record 191 yards on the ground and found the end zone twice in the Raiders 38-9 victory over the Redskins, including the aforementioned dash (that at the time was a Super Bowl milestone of 74 yards). With this achievement, Allen became just the third player to win both college football’s Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP honors, still sitting as one of just four men to do so.

All-Time Leaders / Super Bowl Records

The Super Bowl is the showcase of football legends, and in addition from the plethora of memorable plays and moments provided by so many great players for over five decades, there are a select few who have cemented themselves into the record books.
Here are some of the most significant leaders and record holders in the history of the Super Bowl:


Passing TD Passing Yards Passing Completions Rush TD Rush Yards Rush Avg. Receiving TD Receiving Yards Receptions
Tom Brady (18) Tom Brady (2,838) Tom Brady (256) Emmitt Smith (5) Franco Harris (354) Marcus Allen (9.6) Jerry Rice (8) Jerry Rice (589) Jerry Rice (33)

Defense / Special Teams

Tackles Sacks Interceptions Kickoff Return Yards Long. Kickoff Return TD FG Made FG Attempts
Bobby Wagner (22) L.C. Greenwood (5) Chuck Howley/Rod Martin/Larry Brown (3) Fulton Walker (283) Jacoby Jones (108) Adam Vinatieri / Stephen Gostkowski (7) Adam Vinatieri (10)

Top Super Bowl Coaches and Dynasties

Vince Lombardi

The 60s Packers

  • Coach: Vince Lombardi
  • SB Titles: 2 (Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II)
  • SB Appearances: 2 (Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II)
  • Hall of Famers: Jim Taylor (FB), Bart Starr (QB), Forrest Gregg (OT), Ray Nitschke (LB), Herb Adderley (CB), Willie Davis (DE), Paul Hornung (HB), Willie Wood (S), Henry Jordan (DT), Jerry Kramer (OG), Dave Robinson (LB), Vince Lombardi (HC)
  • Misc: The Lombardi Trophy is named after Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, who after dominating the NFL throughout the 1960s, captured the first two Super Bowl titles in the latter half of the decade. Won two more titles in later years, one in ’96 under Mike Holmgren, the other in 2010 under Mike McCarthy.

Chuck Noll Steelers

The 70s Steelers

  • Coach: Chuck Noll
  • SB Titles: 4 (Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII, and Super Bowl XLV)
  • SB Appearances: 4 (Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII, and Super Bowl XLV)
  • Hall of Famers: Joe Greene (DT), Franco Harris (RB), Jack Ham (LB), Mel Blount (CB), Mike Webster (C), Jack Lambert (LB), John Stallworth (WR), Terry Bradshaw (QB), Lynn Swann (WR), Chuck Noll (HC) Art Rooney (Owner)
  • Misc: First team to win four Super Bowls both in total and in a singular decade. Won two more titles in the 2000s with Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin respectively, becoming the first NFL franchise to hoist six Lombardi Trophies.

Joe Montana

The 80s 49ers

  • Coach: Bill Walsh / George Seifert
  • SB Titles: 4 (Super Bowl XVI, Super Bowl XIX, Super Bowl XXIII, and Super Bowl XXIV)
  • SB Appearances: 4 (Super Bowl XVI, Super Bowl XIX, Super Bowl XXIII, and Super Bowl XXIV)
  • Hall of Famers: Joe Montana (QB), Ronnie Lot (S/CB), Fred Dean (DE), Jerry Rice (WR), Charles Haley (OLB/DE), Steve Young (QB), Bill Walsh (HC), Edward DeBartolo Jr. (Owner)
  • Misc: Won an additional fifth SB title at Super Bowl XXIX under head coach George Seifert and quarterback Steve Young.

The 90s Cowboys

  • Coach: Jimmy Johnson (1989-1993) Barry Switzer (1994-1997)
  • SB Titles: 3 (Super Bowl XXVII, Super Bowl XVIII, and Super Bowl XXX)
  • SB Appearances: 3 (Super Bowl XXVII, Super Bowl XVIII, and Super Bowl XXX)
  • Hall of Famers: Emmitt Smith (RB), Troy Aikman (QB), Michael Irvin (WR), Larry Allen (OG), Charles Haley (OLB/DE), Deion Sanders (CB/KR), Jimmy Johnson (HC), Jerry Jones (Owner)
  • Misc: Won two SB titles under HOF head coach Tom Landry in the 1970s (Super Bowl VI & Super Bowl XII)

Bill Belichick

The 2000s/2010s Patriots

  • Coach: Bill Belichick
  • SB Titles: 6 (Super Bowl XXXVI, Super Bowl XXXVIII, Super Bowl XXXIX, Super Bowl XLIX, Super Bowl LI, and Super Bowl LIII)
  • SB Appearances: 9 (Super Bowl XXXVI, Super Bowl XXXVIII, Super Bowl XXXIX, Super Bowl XLVII, Super Bowl XLVI, Super Bowl XLIX, Super Bowl LI, and Super Bowl LIII)
  • Hall of Famers: Ty Law (CB), Randy Moss (WR), Junior Seau (LB)
  • Misc: NFL record for most SB appearances (9) and wins (6) by a head coach-quarterback tandem (Bill Belichick and Tom Brady)

Bill Parcells

Parcells’ Giants

  • Coach: Bill Parcells
  • SB Titles: 2 (Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV)
  • SB Appearances: 2 (Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV)
  • Hall of Famers: Lawrence Taylor (LB), Harry Carson (LB), Bill Parcells (HC), George Young (Exec.)
  • Misc: Won two more SB titles under Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning (Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI) by defeating former Giants defensive coordinator and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Joe Gibbs

Gibbs’ Redskins

  • Coach: Joe Gibbs
  • SB Titles: 3 (Super Bowl XVII, Super Bowl XXII, and Super Bowl XXVI)
  • SB Appearances: 4 (Super Bowl XVII, Super Bowl XVIII, Super Bowl XXII, and Super Bowl XXVI)
  • Hall of Famers: John Riggins (RB), Russ Grimm (OG), Art Monk (WR), Darrell Green (CB), Joe Gibbs (HC)
  • Misc: Joe Gibbs is only NFL head coach to win Super Bowls with three different starting quarterbacks (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien).

The ’72- ‘73 Dolphins

  • Coach: Don Shula
  • SB Titles: 2 (Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII)
  • SB Appearances: 3 (Super Bowl VI, Super Bowl VII, and Super Bowl VIII)
  • Hall of Famers: Larry Csonka (FB), Bob Griese (QB), Larry Little (OG), Nick Buoniconti (LB), Paul Warfield (WR), Don Shula (HC)
  • Misc: First and only perfect season in NFL history (1972, where the team finished 17-0), second organization to ever to win back-to-back Super Bowls behind Lombardi’s Packers and first team to ever make three consecutive Super Bowls.

Close but No Cigar…

The 90s Bills

  • Coach: Marv Levy
  • SB Titles: 0
  • SB Appearances: 4 (Super Bowl XXV, Super Bowl XXVI, Super Bowl XXVII, and Super Bowl XXVIII)
  • Hall of Famers: Jim Kelly (QB), Bruce Smith (DE), Andre Reed (WR), Thurman Thomas (RB), James Lofton (WR), Marv Levy (HC), Bill Polian (GM), Ralph Wilson (Owner)
  • Misc: Only NFL team to win four consecutive conference title games/make four straight Super Bowls in league history (1990-1993).

Bud Grant’s Vikings

  • Coach: Bud Grant
  • SB Titles: 0
  • SB Appearances: 4 (Super Bowl IV, Super Bowl VIII, Super Bowl IX, and Super Bowl XI)
  • Hall of Famers: Alan Page (DT), Paul Krause (S), Carl Eller (DE), Mick Tingelhoff (C), Ron Yary (OT), Fran Tarkenton (QB), Bud Grant (HC), Jim Finks (GM)
  • Misc: Winners of the last ever NFL championship in 1969 before NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Also, first club to ever appear in the Super Bowl on four separate occasions.

Top 10 Memorable Plays/Moments/Games

Super Bowl Betting History

All time, the NFC edges out the AFC with a mark of 27-26 in the first 53 Super Bowl contests.

Super Bowl Trophy

Looking at the gambling fallout, the betting favorites have gone 35-17 straight up in the game, with a record of 28-20-2 against the number. The biggest upset came in the form of the New York Jets, who were 18-point dogs against the Baltimore Colts in 1969’s Super Bowl III.
Interestingly, there have only been six occasions with a favorite winning the game but failing to cover the spread. To go along with that, only two Super Bowls have ended right on the number, with pushes taking place in 1997 and 2000.

Totals play their role as well, as NFL scoring has become far more sophisticated. Due to this, “over/under” bets are as popular as ever with final combined scores currently the highest they have ever been.

Yet another close trend, the over has hit in 27 of the 53 Super Bowl outings. 25 contests have finished beneath the posted mark. The largest total points ever scored in a Super Bowl went down in 1995 when the San Francisco 49ers blew out the San Diego Chargers 49-26 for a combined 75 points in Super Bowl 29.

That win by San Francisco served as more than just a successful over bet, as it was just one of two losses the books have taken on the game since handle first was tracked in the early 90s.

  • The books lost $2.5 million (a negative hold of 2.8 percent) when the Giants upset the Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl 42.
  • Thirteen years before, they took a hit of $396,674 (negative hold of 0.6 percent) as the 49ers covered as 18 ½ point dogs against the Chargers in the aforementioned contest.

The second-largest came just two years ago, when the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots combined for 74 points in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory.

It was that very contest that set the all-time record for Super Bowl handle as well, generating a mind boggling $158.6 million on the game.

In fact, up until last season’s contest between the Patriots and the Rams, the sportsbooks had cleaned up the three prior years in record-breaking fashion, with last year’s installment still finishing second all time.

Super Bowl 52 Eagles def. Patriots (41-33) $158.6 M
Super Bowl 53 Patriots def. Rams (13-3) $145.9 M
Super Bowl 51 Patriots def. Falcons (34-28) $138.5 M


Will understanding Super Bowl history give me a better chance at making a successful bet?

As long as the person also knows the ground-level details of sports gambling, then yes. If a bettor knows what they’re looking at, then using reference points or analogies to past situations that appear similar is a great tool to look for an edge.

Why is betting on the Super Bowl so much bigger now than it used to be?

Because sports betting has a far greater presence now than ever before. Also, the Super Bowl is aimed to more demographics than any other sports or entertainment event out there, so it is a way for more people to feel a part of the day.

Are games more likely to go over the total in the Super Bowl in modern times with teams scoring so much in today’s pro football?

Not necessarily, because to appropriately measure this evolution in the game, oddsmakers are now booking totals in a different way. The matchup and the factors involved within in are still the best way to handicap a game’s final score.

How can I use my past experience betting on the Super Bowl to my advantage this year?

By making mental note of what happened in those contests to influence the betting angle. Every Super Bowl has gambling ramifications, so it is advised to brush up on any that may draw parallels to what a patron is seeing with the game’s odds for this year before kickoff.

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