Unsung Super Bowl Heroes – Where Are They Now? [VIDEO]
Not every Super Bowl legend goes to the Hall of Fame. Some Super Bowl players become school teachers, businessmen or radio hosts after their NFL days have ended. Here are 10 unsung Super Bowl heroes of the past and what they are doing now.
In addition to his 75-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing play in Super Bowl history, Willie Parker had 93 yards on 10 carries as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10. Parker broke his leg at the end of the 2007 season and eventually was cut from the Redskins' camp in 2010. Parker, 31, plays for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League.
Dexter Jackson intercepted two passes in Super Bowl XXXVII as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders 48-21. Thanks to the inclusion of a fan vote, Jackson won the game's MVP honors instead of Simeon Rice. Jackson, 34, currently plays for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. He also started a new radio show, “All Sports” with Randy Harris, last fall with former World Boxing Organization cruiserweight world champion Tyrone Booze on Clearwater, Florida's WTAN AM 1340 and other stations.
Muhsin Muhammad's 85-yard touchdown reception in Super Bowl XXXVIII was the longest in Super Bowl history. Despite his , the Carolina Panthers lost to the New England Patriots 29-32. Muhammad, 38, co-founded a private equity firm called Axum Capital Partners based in Charlotte, NC. He is also president of the Ruckus House Foundation which gives scholarships to aspiring young student teachers.
In Dallas' 27-17 win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XXX, Larry Brown became the first cornerback to win the Super Bowl MVP award. Brown intercepted two passes to help lead the Cowboys to the franchise's fifth Super Bowl title. He started on all three of the Cowboys' Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1990s. Brown, 42, is currently a cohost on the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network.
In Super Bowl XXVIII, Dallas Cowboys' safety James Washington made 11 tackles, intercepted a pass, returned a fumble 46 yards for a touchdown and caused another fumble by Thurman Thomas. Dallas beat Buffalo 30-13, while Cowboys' running back Emmiitt Smith won the MVP. Currently, Washington, 47, is a co-host of FOX Sports Radio's flagship morning show “Out Of Bounds” with Craig Shemon.
As a rookie, Timmy Smith set a Super Bowl rushing record with 204 yards. He scored two touchdowns in Super Bowl XXII as the Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos 42-10. Washington quarterback Doug Williams won the MVP honors. Smith was often injured for the rest of his NFL career and left football in 1990. As a result of a 2005 incident during which he attempted to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer, Smith served two years in federal prison. He was released in 2008. Having just celebrated his 48th birthday, Smith currently lives near Denver.
Linebacker Dan Bunz, whose solo tackle of Charles Alexander at the 1-yard line in Super Bowl XVI helped the San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21, is remembered for being part of an underrated 49ers defense. Bunz, 56, now teaches Physical Education at Sutter Middle School in Sacramento, Calif.
The only player to make three interceptions in a single Super Bowl game, Rod Martin just narrowly missed MVP status as the Oakland Raiders beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10. Martin, 57, now works at USC, his alma mater, where he is a manager of technical and user support services in the Information Sciences Institute
The only member of a losing team to be named MVP, Chuck Howley intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in the Cowboys 16-13 loss to the Colts in Super Bowl V. When Dallas beat the Miami Dolphins 24-3 in Super Bowl VI, Howley added a fumble recovery and another interception. Howley, 75, now participates in a foundation dedicated to breeding quarterhorses in Wills Point, Texas.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson was named MVP of Super Bowl IV, but wide receiver Otis Taylor burned the Minnesota Vikings' secondary for 81 yards and six catches. Currently suffering the effects of Parkinson’s disease, Taylor, 69, lives in Kansas City.