WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Super Bowl Heroes Who Came Out Of Nowhere

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It’s one of the great ironies of the Super Bowl: we spend two weeks breaking down how the game will be won, only to have some role player step up and win the game out of nowhere.The most obvious example is legendary helmet catch-er David Tyree.

But there are plenty of other random Super Bowl heroes who have since faded from memory.

THEN: David Tyree made the legendary Helmet Catch in Super Bowl XLVII for the Giants (2008)

NOW: Tyree wrote a book about his strong religious beliefs, and now works for a wealth-management firm

Source: USA Today

THEN: Adam Vinatieri made the game-winning FG in Super Bowl XXXVI, and then again in XXXVIII (2002, 2004)

NOW: At 39 years old, he's still going strong as the kicker for the Indianapolis Colts

THEN: Unheralded Rams linebacker Mike Jones made a game-saving tackle on Kevin Dyson to win Super Bowl XXXIV (2000)

NOW: He's the head football coach at Lincoln University in Missouri

THEN: Desmond Howard took back a kickoff for a 99-yard touchdown against the Patriots, becoming the first and only special-teams player in win the MVP (1997)

NOW: He works for ESPN as a college football analyst

THEN: Larry Brown was named MVP when he made two interceptions and the Cowboys converted them both into TDs (1996)

NOW: He's a radio guy, co-hosting the Cowboys pregame show on 103.3 in Dallas

THEN: Doug Williams won the MVP after routing John Elway 42-10 a year after he was playing in the UFL (1988)

NOW: He's the head football coach at Grambling State

THEN: Tampa Bay Bucs safety Dexter Jackson was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXVII after making two interceptions (2003)

NOW: He bounced around the UFL for a bit, and recently did some charity work

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