Analysis: All-time Super Bowl team


Analysis: All-time Super Bowl team

Feb. 3, 2011NFL PAGE Ray Didinger
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OffenseQB Joe Montana, San Francisco Undefeated in four trips to the big game, MVP three times, QB rating of 127.8.

RB Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Most rushing yards in Super Bowl history (354) and scored four touchdowns in the Steelers four victories.
RB Terrell Davis, Denver Set a Super Bowl record with three rushing touchdowns in 31-24 win over Green Bay. Dominated the game with 157 rushing yards despite missing most of the second quarter with migraine headaches.

WR Jerry Rice, San Francisco, Oakland Holds Super Bowl records for points (48), touchdowns (eight), pass receptions (33) and yards (589). Enough said.

WR Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh The first wide receiver to earn Super Bowl MVP honors for his spectacular performance (four catches, 161 yards, one touchdown) in a 21-17 win over Dallas.

TE Dave Casper, Oakland Outstanding receiver and devastating blocker, scored a touchdown and helped pave the way for the Raiders 32-14 rout on Minnesota in Super Bowl XI.

T Art Shell, Oakland Pitched a shutout at Viking defensive end Jim Marshall (no tackles, no assists) in Super Bowl XI.

T Joe Jacoby, Washington The Redskins offensive line, known as the Hogs, were the key to the team winning three Super Bowls. Jacoby was the tackle who most often pulled to lead the counter trey, their bread and butter play.

G Bob Kuechenberg, Miami Played Super Bowl VIII with a cast on his broken arm and dominated Vikings All-Pro Alan Page as Miami ran the ball 53 times in a 24-7 win.
G Larry Allen, Dallas Big, mauling blocker cleared the path for Emmitt Smith to rush for 289 yards and a record five touchdowns in three Super Bowls.

C Mike Webster, Pittsburgh The only Hall of Famer on an underrated offensive line. Outstanding run blocker.
DefenseE Reggie White, Green Bay Set Super Bowl record with three sacks in one game, the 35-21 win over New England.

E Charles Haley, San Francisco, Dallas Played on five Super Bowl winners, more than any other player. Holds the Super Bowl record with 4.5 career sacks.

T Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Mean Joe was the heart and soul of the Steel Curtain defense that crushed Minnesota (17 yard rushing) in Super Bowl IX.
T Manny Fernandez, Miami Should have been the MVP of Super Bowl VII. Had 17 tackles in the Dolphins 14-7 win over Washington.

OLB Rod Martin, Oakland -- Set a Super Bowl record with three interceptions in the Raiders 27-10 win over the Eagles.

MLB Ray Lewis, Baltimore Tough call, Lewis over Jack Lambert of the Steelers, but the Ravens won with defense and Lewis was the MVP of the Super Bowl rout of the New York Giants.

OLB Mike Vrabel, New England Had two sacks and a forced fumble in the win over Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII as well as catching a touchdown pass. Had a sack and another touchdown reception the following year in the win over the Eagles.

CB Larry Brown, Dallas The only cornerback to earn Super Bowl MVP honors. He had a mediocre career except for Super Bowl XXX when his two interceptions (OK, they were gifts from Steelers quarterback Neil ODonnell but still) set up 14 points in a 27-17 Cowboys win.

CB Ty Law, New England Returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown to lift the Patriots to a 20-17 upset of the favored St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.
S Ronnie Lott, San Francisco Leader of the 49er defense, played both corner and safety. His head-snapping hit on Cincinnati fullback Icky Woods was a tone-setter in Super Bowl XXIII.

S James Washington, Dallas Overlooked, but a key performer in the Cowboys 30-13 win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVIII. Washington had 11 tackles, an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Special TeamsPlacekicker Adam Vinatieri, New England Kicked two last minute field goals to win Super Bowls for the Patriots. Sure bet to become only the second kicking specialist voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jan Stenerud of Kansas City is the other.

Punter Jerrel Wilson, Kansas City Averaged 46.5 yards per punt in two Super Bowls, highest average in Super Bowl history.
Kick Returner Desmond Howard, Green Bay The only return specialist voted Super Bowl MVP. His 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown helped the Packers defeat New England, 35-21, in Super Bowl XXXI.

CoachChuck Noll, Pittsburgh The most underrated coach in NFL history. Transformed the NFLs most hapless franchise into a dynasty. A perfect 4-0 in the Super Bowl.

Walton wins debut as Lakers finish off Rockets


Walton wins debut as Lakers finish off Rockets


LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Clarkson scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers won coach Luke Walton's debut, holding off the Houston Rockets 120-114 on Wednesday night.

D'Angelo Russell scored 20 points and Julius Randle added 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the young Lakers, who got off to an exciting start in the franchise's first season without Kobe Bryant since 1995.

With a revamped roster coming off the worst season in the 16-time champion team's history, Los Angeles surged in the fourth quarter of an auspicious opener under Walton, the 36-year-old former Lakers forward.

James Harden had 34 points, a career-high 17 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who lost in former Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's debut on the Houston bench.

The Lakers played an up-tempo, aggressive offensive game under Walton, and nobody seized the moment better than Clarkson, who came off the bench in his first game since signing a $50 million contract. His 3-pointer put the Lakers up 116-112 with 1:48 left, and the Lakers hung on while the Rockets missed a long series of open shots in the final minute.

Brandon Ingram scored nine points in the No. 2 pick's NBA debut for the Lakers. Timofey Mozgov had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Luol Deng had seven points in their Lakers debuts.

After matching the franchise record with 14 first-half assists, Harden tied his career high with his 16th early in the third quarter. The Los Angeles native managed only six points in the fourth quarter, going 1 for 5, and his teammates were a combined 5 for 16.


Hall of Famer Bill Walton proudly wore a purple Lakers T-shirt to his son's official coaching debut. Walton's mother and three brothers also attended the game. "The Walton force will be strong tonight," Luke said with a grin. "There's definitely nerves and excitement right now, but mostly there's no time to think about how incredible this is, and the opportunity. It's more focused on watching film and getting the prep work in for tonight's game."


The Lakers fired D'Antoni after he went 27-55 in 2013-14, the first of a franchise-record three straight non-playoff seasons. When D'Antoni was asked before the game about reflecting on his time in LA, the coach quickly quipped: "I try not to. ... No, I loved it. I actually did. Manhattan Beach is probably the greatest place to stay. Great friends. They treated me nice, (Lakers owner) Jim (Buss) and (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak). It just didn't fit. It just didn't work."


Rockets: Clint Capela, the 6-foot-9 Swiss forward, replaced Dwight Howard in the middle of the lineup.

Lakers: Metta World Peace began his 17th NBA season, picking up three fouls in his first two minutes while guarding Harden. ... Before the game, they solidified their young core by picking up their 2017-18 contract options on Russell, Randle and Larry Nance Jr. ... Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, director Peter Berg, YG, Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attended the game.


Rockets: At Dallas on Friday in the opener of a home-and-home series.

Lakers: Open a four-game road trip at Utah on Friday.

Instant Replay: Cousins, Kings cruise in opener vs Suns

Instant Replay: Cousins, Kings cruise in opener vs Suns


The Sacramento Kings rolled into Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena and blew away the Suns on Wednesday night by a final of 113-94. The young upstart Suns tried to make a game out of it in the early fourth quarter, but Sacramento turned to their veterans who delivered down the stretch.

DeMarcus Cousins got into foul trouble early, but still found a way to drop in 24 points and grab six rebounds in 24 minutes manning the middle. Once he was in the flow of the defense, Cousins came to the aid of his teammates, stepping in and cutting off the baseline on multiple possessions.

Like Cousins, Rudy Gay didn’t look great early, but he still managed to score 22 points in the win. There was a sequence in the third quarter when Gay came alive on the defensive end, blocking back-to-back shots on the same defensive possession..

Starting for Darren Collison, Ty Lawson ran the offense better than expected, posting nine points, six rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes of action.

Garrett Temple filled in as the reserve point guard spot and added 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting.

Matt Barnes provided a spark off the bench, tossing in 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

Eleven of 12 players that stepped on the floor for Sacramento scored and nine players players dropped in six points or more in the win.  

Eric Bledsoe had a nice night for the Suns, scoring 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting with five assists. T.J. Warren chipped in 14 points and five rebounds while playing solid defense on Gay early. Devin Booker added 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but he missed all three of his long range shots.  

STANDOUT PERFORMER -- Cousins couldn’t set the tempo early, but when he got it rolling in the third quarter, it was lights out for the Suns. There are plenty of nights that Cousins will be asked to do more, but with a big lead, the Kings didn’t need a typical showing from their All-Star center.

TURNING POINT -- Sacramento finished the first half on a 16-1 run and took a 57-38 lead into the intermission. The Suns kept it within 20 for most of the night and even made a run at the end of third, but the game was decided in the few minutes leading to the intermission.

INJURY UPDATE -- Sacramento enters the season with a full roster of healthy bodies. Matt Barnes struggled with a rib injury during camp, but played a big 27 minutes for the Kings  in the opener.

WHAT'S NEXT -- The Kings return home from Phoenix following the game where the the San Antonio Spurs are waiting for them. Thursday night’s home opener marks the first official game in the new Golden 1 Center as the Kings look to improve to 2-0 on the season.