In case you’ve already forgotten about all events involving sticks, balls, scoreboards, cheerleaders and multi-million dollar TV contracts, Patrick Mahomes won the Super Bowl LIV MVP in Miami earlier this February, and if Mahomes’ career continues on its current path we can expect to see him raise the trophy perhaps a few more times.

But not all Super Bowl MVPs are of the superstar variety like Mahomes, as history has shown.

The following 10 players are past Forgotten Super Bowl Heroes you may not remember at first glance. But if you’re a diehard fan, chances are you can name at least seven or eight of these guys.

Keep a running tally of how many you can name, and then let us known on our Facebook page here who you happen to recognize (absolutely no cheating allowed):

Super Bowl VII- A two-time all-pro defensive back and five-time Pro Bowler, the man shown below in what looks like a scene from the original Ace Ventura movie started what would eventually become a trend, intercepting two passes in the Miami Dolphins’ 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins and taking home a surprise MVP trophy.

Can you name him?

Super Bowl XLIII-  A blazing fast wide receiver, he had 9 catches, 131 yards and a touchdown in this game.

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Super Bowl XXV- A bruising running back for the Giants, he put up 102 yards and 1 TD, taking home MVP honors.

Super Bowl XXXVII- With two interceptions, he helped Tampa Bay secure the title. Below he is shown as a Cincinnati Bengal later in his career.

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Super Bowl XII- A defensive end (on the right in this picture) he led a Dallas defense that forced eight turnovers along with co-MVP Randy White (left).

Super Bowl XLVIII- Forget the Marshawn Lynch game for a second. The Seahawks won a Super Bowl behind the inspired play of this linebacker, who had 10 tackles, a pick-six, and a fumble recovery.

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Super Bowl XXVI- A forgotten man despite stellar QB play over the years, the Washington Redskins star threw for 292 yards and 2 TDs against the Bills.

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Super Bowl XXXIX-  One of Tom Brady’s all-time favorite receivers, he later played for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks.


Super Bowl XXXI- With 244 all-purpose yards and a 99-yard kickoff return TV, this man became of the most unlikely Super Bowl MVPs in history. Now a college football analyst, he has a history of big time performances in college.

Super Bowl XXX- A safety, he intercepted two passes for the Cowboys. He rode the performance to a 5-year, $12.5 contract with the Raiders and only managed to pick off one pass in 12 games with the team.

Final Tally: Forgotten Super Bowl MVPs

Without cheating, how many of these players could you name?

Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page, Forgotten Sports Heroes.