When it comes to the major leagues, Arkansas has always hit above its weight class in producing prime-time players in football, basketball and baseball. That’s obvious when it comes to the all-timers who would make up a team of NFL players who have performed the best in the biggest game of them all: the Super Bowl.
Each year, the weeks preceding this event are filled with fans and analysts locking horns on sports cable shows and social media about every imaginable outcomes on the field. Betway, for this reason, has critically picked the best players from the history of the Super Bowl to make an all-time team.
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As we know, in the game of football, the most important position is the quarterback. The sheer smarts, mental quickness, tenacity and focus needed to be a top-tier QB at any level is immense. These skills are most in demand at the NFL level, which makes Tom Brady’s seven Super Bowl rings even more impressive. For this reason, Tom Brady is everyone’s choice as the best quarterback in Super Bowl history.
When it comes to running backs, Franco Harris and Emmitt Smith are solid picks. They have the most rushing yards in Super Bowl history as the workhorses of dynastic Pittsburgh and Dallas teams in the 1970s and 1990s.
Among the Hall of Fame wide receivers, Lynn Swann and Jerry Rice are Betway’s picks. The former San Francisco 49er holds the record for the most Super Bowl receiving yards, yards from scrimmage and receptions, and his eight receiving touchdowns are five more than any other player has accrued.
As far as tight ends, Tampa Bay’s Ron Gronkowski takes the cake. He was already a monster heading into the most Super Bowl, racking up 297 yards and three touchdowns. His touchdown catch from Brady en route to an eventual 31-8 win over Kansas City only further separates him from the pack.
The offensive lines goes to the line of the Washington football team of 1987 (then known as the Washington Redskins). They played spectacularly with only 2 sacks allowed while helping pave the way to blistering 280 rushing yards. Joe Jacoby, Raleigh McKenzie, Jeff Bostic, R.C. Thielemann and Mark May made up the best offensive line in Super Bowl history.
Now, let’s pivot to defense.
Here, we find two linemen with strong Arkansas ties. Defensive end L.C Greenwood starred with the Steelers in the 1970s after a dominate college career at UAPB in Pine Bluff. Greenwood racked up an amazing four sacks in Super Bowl X as Pittsburgh stifled Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line and won 21-17.
Charles Haley, the longtime San Francisco 49er, is the other prominent defensive end. Haley is the first player to win five Super Bowls.
Inside, Texarkana native Willie Davis takes one of the defensive tackle spots. Davis won back-to-back rings with the Green Bay Packers in 1967 and 1968 and racked up an unofficial 4.5 sacks in Super Bowl wins to cap both of those seasons.
Tackle Justin Tuck, meanwhile, has performed big on the biggest stage against the best opponents. The former New York Giant sacked Tom Brady twice in two Super Bowl wins over New England. He also forced a crucial fumble.
Jeff Siemon is the middle linebacker here. The former Viking has over 30 tackles in his name, the highest in Super Bowl history. The outside linebackers are Wally Hilgenberg and Cornelius Bennett with a combined 51 tackles by them.
Cornerback Larry Brown picked off three passes for the Cowboys in their Super Bowl wins of the 1990s, while Darrien Gordon got two Super Bowl picks. Free safety and strong safety posts are filled by Rodney and Jake Scott. The kicker Adam and Punter Jerrel Wilson also have made it onto Betway’s all-time team. Let the debates begin!
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