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.
There are only eight current players who have been selected as Super Bowl MVPs – Tom Brady, Eli and Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Deion Branch, Ray Lewis, and Santonio Holmes. All the rest have retired, but where have they gone? Many, naturally, have kept a connection to football. Here is a rundown of the 33 who have retired.
Super Bowl I and II - BART STARR
QB, Green Bay Packers
Games played Jan. 15, 1967 and Jan. 14, 1968
Now: Starr is chairman of Healthcare Realty Management and co-founder of the Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wis., a faith-based, nonprofit that offers help to at-risk youth and their families.
Then: In Super Bowl I Green Bay beat Kansas City, 35-10, as Starr completed 16 of 23 passes, including two for touchdowns. He had one pass intercepted, only the fourth all season. In SB II, he completed 13 of 24 for 202 yards and one touchdown.
III – JOE NAMATH
QB, New York Jets
Game played Jan 12, 1969
Now: Mainly Namath seems to enjoy retirement in Florida and occasionally serves as an unofficial celebrity ambassador for the New York Jets.
Then: In the Jets’ 16-7 upset of the Baltimore Colts, which Namath famously guaranteed, he outdueled Johnny Unitas and Earl Morrall by completing 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards, but he didn’t have a TD pass.
IV – LEN DAWSON
QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Game played Jan. 11, 1970
Now: For the last 16 years, Dawson has been a member of the Chiefs’ radio broadcast team. In addition, he was sports director for KMBC 9 NEWS in Kansas City until 2009, and hosted “Inside the NFL" on HBO from 1977 to 2001.
Then: In the Chiefs’ 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Dawson completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown.
V – CHUCK HOWLEY
LB, Dallas Cowboys
Game played Jan. 17, 1971
Now: A true cowboy, Howley owns Happy Hollow Ranch, which produces foundation bred quarter horses in Wills Point, Texas.
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