The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors have chosen the "Super Bowl 50 Golden Team" in honor of Super Bowl 50, celebrating the best overall career performances in the Super Bowl, the NFL announced today.
"The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team is an amazing list of incredible individuals," said Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Vice President Joe Horrigan. "Each name conjures up memories of some of the sport's greatest games showcased on its biggest platform, the Super Bowl stage. Unforgettable individual performances like Lynn Swann's acrobatic catches in Super Bowl X or Joe Montana's come-from-behind game winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII are forever etched in the collective memories of football fans and celebrated as some of the most inspiring moments in the history of the National Football League."
The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team roster consists of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, two offensive tackles, two guards, one center, two interior defensive linemen, two defensive ends, two inside linebackers, two outside linebackers, two cornerbacks, two safeties, one kicker, one punter, and one return specialist. One head coach has also been chosen.
The Super Bowl Golden Team includes:
Twenty-two Pro Football Hall of Famers: guard Larry Allen, cornerback Mel Blount, defensive tackle Joe Greene, tackle Forrest Gregg, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Charles Haley, outside linebacker Jack Ham, running back Franco Harris, inside linebacker Jack Lambert, safety Ronnie Lott, quarterback Joe Montana, head coach Chuck Noll, wide receiver Jerry Rice, cornerback Deion Sanders, tackle Art Shell, running back Emmitt Smith, wide receiver Lynn Swann, outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor, guard Gene Upshaw, center Mike Webster, defensive tackle Randy White and defensive end Reggie White.
Three Associated Press Most Valuable Players: Montana, Smith and Taylor.
Eight Pittsburgh Steelers were selected, the most of any team: Blount, Greene, Ham, Harris, Lambert, Noll, Swann and Webster.
Kicker Adam Vinatieri is the only unanimous selection. Vinatieri is also the only active player to be selected.
Offense: Joe Montana (QB); Franco Harris, Emmitt Smith (RB); Jerry Rice, Lynn Swann (WR); Jay Novacek (TE); Art Shell, Forrest Gregg (OT); Gene Upshaw, Larry Allen (OG); Mike Webster (C).
Defense: Reggie White, Charles Haley (DE); Joe Greene, Randy White (DL); Lawrence Taylor, Jack Ham (OLB); Jack Lambert, Ray Lewis (ILB); Mel Blount, Deion Sanders (CB); Ronnie Lott, Jake Scott (S).
Specialists: Adam Vinatieri (K); Desmond Howard (PR/KR); Ray Guy (P).
Coach: Chuck Noll