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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.
NOW: Tyree wrote a book about his strong religious beliefs, and now works for a wealth-management firm
THEN: Adam Vinatieri made the game-winning FG in Super Bowl XXXVI, and then again in XXXVIII (2002, 2004)
THEN: Unheralded Rams linebacker Mike Jones made a game-saving tackle on Kevin Dyson to win Super Bowl XXXIV (2000)
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)
THEN: Larry Brown was named MVP when he made two interceptions and the Cowboys converted them both into TDs (1996)
THEN: Doug Williams won the MVP after routing John Elway 42-10 a year after he was playing in the UFL (1988)
THEN: Tampa Bay Bucs safety Dexter Jackson was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXVII after making two interceptions (2003)
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