Where are yesterday’s Super Bowl heroes?
A look at what former Super Bowl Most Valuable Players are doing these days, including multiple award-winners and one who played on the losing team.
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XXIX – STEVE YOUNGSkip to next paragraph
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QB, San Francisco 49ers
Game played Jan. 29, 1995
Now: Like so many other ex-sports stars, Young has hooked on with ESPN. Along the way, he has earned a law degree from Brigham Young, where he played collegiately.
Then: Young surpassed the Super Bowl record of his predecessor, Joe Montana, by throwing six touchdown passes as San Francisco defeated San Diego, 49-26. The first came just 1:24 into the game as he connected with the receiver who had been Montana’s favorite target, Jerry Rice.
XXX –LARRY BROWN
DB, Dallas Cowboys
Game played Jan. 28, 1996
Now: Brown has worked cohosting pregame and postgame shows on the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network.
Then: Brown set up a pair of Dallas touchdowns with interception returns of 44 and 33 yards as the Cowboys defeated the Steelers, 27-17, for the team’s record-tying fifth Super Bowl win.
XXXI – DESMOND HOWARD
Kick returner, Green Bay Packers
Game played Jan. 26, 1997
Now: Howard enters his ninth year as ESPN “GameDay” college football analyst. He also does speaking engagements, public appearances, and numerous endorsements.
Then: In the Super Bowl,, Howard returned a kickoff a record 99 yards for a third-quarter touchdown that knocked the wind out of rallying Patriots. Green Bay won, 35-21.
XXXII – TERRELL DAVIS
RB, Denver Broncos
Game played Jan. 25, 1998
Now: Davis has worked as an assistant coach for the fledging football program at the Rancho Christian School in Temecula, Calif.
Then: Davis ran for 157 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Broncos defeated the Packers, 31-24, for the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory
XXXIII – JOHN ELWAY
QB, Denver Broncos
Game played Jan. 31, 1999
Now: Before becoming the executive vice president of football operations of the Broncos, Elway established himself as an auto dealer in Denver.
Then: Elway threw for 336 yards and one touchdown in a 34-19 victory over Atlanta that gave Denver it’s second straight Super Bowl title.
XXXIV – KURT WARNER
QB, St. Louis Rams
Game played Jan. 30, 2000
Now: An analyst with the NFL Network, Warner also is active in Arizona running his First Things First Foundation, which is dedicated to improving lives by promoting Christian values.
Then: Warner threw for a Super Bowl record 414 yards in the Rams’ 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
XXXVII – DEXTER JACKSON
DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Game played Jan. 26, 2003
Now: By 2009, Jackson was playing minor league football. Today he is a host of a sports talk show on WTAN radio in Clearwater, Fla. He also has worked at the children’s crisis center of Mental Health Care, Inc., in Tampa, Fla.
Then: Jackson intercepted two passes to key Tampa Bay’s 48-21 Super Bowl victory over the Oakland Raiders.
XL – HINES WARD
WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Game played Feb. 5, 2006
Now: Ward is an analyst for NBC’s “Football Night in America.” In 2011 he won “Dancing with the Stars” in the show’s 12th season. His Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation was established to promote greater acceptance of mixed-race youth in both South Korea, where he was born to a Korean mother and African-American father, and in the US.
Then: Ward had five catches for 123 yards, plus a touchdown, as Pittsburgh defeated Seattle in the Super Bowl, 21-10.
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