The 10 Greatest Seasons By Players During The Super Bowl Era

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The NFL is probably the league in which it is most difficult to compare the value of individual players from different positions and different teams. However, the folks over Pro-Football-Reference.com have come up with one stat, Approximate Value (AV) that attempts to do just that.

On the next few pages we will take a look at the 10 greatest seasons by offensive players during the Super Bowl era (1966-present), based on AV (total touchdowns were used as a tie-breaker).

As the name suggests, these values are just approximations, so take the exact order with a little grain of salt. However, a strong case can be made that these are the best seasons as a whole…

#10 Marshall Faulk, Rams (2000)

Position: RB

Key stats: 2,189 yards from scrimmage (1,359 rushing, 830 receiving)

Total touchdowns: 26

Approximate Value: 22

#9 Steve Young, 49ers (1993)

Position: QB

Key stats: 4,023 passing yards, 407 yards rushing

Total touchdowns: 31 (29 passing, 2 rushing)

Approximate Value: 23

#8 Aaron Rodgers, Packers (2011)

Position: QB

Key stats: 4,643 yards passing, 257 yards rushing

Total touchdowns: 48 (45 passing, 3 rushing)

Approximate Value: 23

#7 Steve Young, 49ers (1994)

Position: QB

Key stats: 3,969 yards passing, 293 yards rushing

Total touchdowns: 42 (35 passing, 7 rushing)

Approximate Value: 23

#6 Lydell Mitchell, Colts (1976)

Position: RB

Key stats: 1,755 yards from scrimmage (14 games; 1,200 rushing, 555 receiving)

Total touchdowns: 8 (5 rushing, 3 receiving)

Approximate Value: 23

#5 Priest Holmes, Chiefs (2002)

Position: RB

Key stats: 2,287 yards from scrimmage (1,615 rushing, 672 receiving)

Total touchdowns: 24 (21 rushing, 3 receiving)

Approximate Value: 23

#4 Tom Brady, Patriots (2007)

Position: QB

Key stats: 4,806 yards passing, 98 yards rushing

Total touchdowns: 52 (50 passing, 2 rushing)

Approximate Value: 24

#3 Marshall Faulk, Rams (1999)

Position: RB

Key stats: 2,429 yards from scrimmage (1,381 rushing, 1,048 receiving)

Total touchdowns: 12 (7 rushing, 5 receiving)

Approximate Value: 25

#2 O.J. Simpson, Bills (1975)

Position: RB

Key stats: 2,243 yards from scrimmage (14 games; 1,817 rushing, 426 receiving)

Total touchdowns: 23 (16 rushing, 7 receiving)

Approximate Value: 25

#1 LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers (2006)

Position: RB

Key stats: 2,323 yards from scrimmage (1,815 rushing, 508 receiving)

Total touchdowns: 31 (28 rushing, 3 receiving)

Approximate Value: 25

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