Since it inception in 1967 the Super Bowl has been the game of the year. The game that has the world watching in anticipation of the crowning of a Champion. People also looking for exciting play and the player of the game. Every Super Bowl ever played has had an Most Valuable Player (MVP) in fact in 1978 Super Bowl XII had two of them, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Harvey Martin and defensive tackle Randy White. The MVP Award is the one constant and a distinction that could be a ticket into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
The Super Bowl MVP Trophy (Getty Images)
When you look at the history of the Super Bowl MVP Award the numbers and details of those numbers create an interesting legacy. Forty-eight Super Bowls have been played and forty-nine players have had the honor of being named MVP of the game. Nineteen of those MVP’s are now enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. Nine different positions have won the award at least once with the quarterback position having the most with twenty-six. Running backs (7) and wide receivers (6) fall second and third respectively on the list of positions to win the award.
Two time Super Bowl MVP Bart Starr (Getty Images)
The first ever MVP was Bart Starr who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in Super Bowl I in 1967. He would also be the first player to win the MVP more than once when he was crowned after Super Bowl II. Only five players have won the MVP Award more than once and they are all quarterbacks. San Francisco 49er legend Joe Montana holds the record with three. He is followed by Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady and Eli Manning who have all been honored twice.
Typically the MVP goes to someone on the winning team. However in 1971 linebacker Chuck Howley who was on the losing Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V won the game’s big honor. That is the first and only time that scenario has occurred.
The four of the last five MVP’s have been quarterbacks. The most recent MVP was Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Malcolm Smith. Who will be next? Only time will tell but we don’t have to wait much longer because we are less than four days from Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Aruzona. So be on the look out for the next big play because it could come from the next Super Bowl MVP.
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The NBA has had an All Star game since 1951. With the greatest of all time having competed in this contest it is no surprise it has been the place for great moments. The greatest NBA All Star moment came in the 1992 game.
The game took place in Orlando, Florida and featured a class of superstars the likes of which will never be seen again. Great players like Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and David Robinson just to name a few. The roster was so stacked that 11 of the 12 players that would make up the 1992 “Dream Team” were on the floor that day.
(Photo: Magic Johnson with the MVP trophy/Getty Images)
The biggest name in the lineup was Magic Johnson. Magic had retired from the game of basketball in November of 1991. This came at the same time he made a shocking announcement that he had contracted HIV. The sports world was devastated by this news.
Magic Johnson had been revered as one of the greatest players of all time. He transformed the point guard position into what it has become today. The tragic news also brought the realization that he would never play again. There was however one thing that everyone forgot about, Magic’s determination and drive.
Magic Johnson came back to basketball after 3 months out of the game to a standing ovation. The stage was set for Magic to steal the show and boy did he. Magic played 29 minutes and scored a total of 25 points in this game for the ages. He battled it out with Michael Jordan who was also a mega star at that time. Magic played with a youthful spirit. You can watch now in 2013 and still feel the excitement and energy that was alive in the Orlando Arena.
Magic Johnson finished the game by going one on one with both Isaiah Thomas and Michael Jordan. He sank a 3 pointer with 14 seconds left on the clock to score the final points of the game. The final 14 seconds were not played. There was no reason the game was already out of reach for the East who lost by a score of 153-113. It was an incredible moment and the right way to end the game, with Magic on top. Magic was awarded the MVP trophy and lauded by all of his peers and the fans in the Arena.
It was to be Magic Johnson’s swan song. However he would end up on the 1992 Olympics Basketball team. Even though his career had more moments that followed that All Star game. His greatest came on that court in Orlando.
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