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Published: Jan. 28, 2016 at 09:00 a.m.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2016 at 12:48 p.m.

Super Bowl 50 Golden Team

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors has chosen its "Super Bowl 50 Golden Team" in honor of Super Bowl 50. The team was selected based on best overall career performances in the Super Bowl, and includes 22 enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Take a look at this prestigious roster of all-time greats.

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  • Montana was a four-time Super Bowl winner (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV) and a three-time Super Bowl MVP (XVI, XIX, XXIV). In those four games, Montana threw for 11 touchdowns without an interception. The most famous of those touchdown passes is <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-super-bowl/09000d5d826755a5/Touching-Down-John-Taylor" target="new">the game-winning score</a> to receiver John Taylor in Super Bowl XXIII. 17

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    Quarterback - Joe Montana

    Montana was a four-time Super Bowl winner (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV) and a three-time Super Bowl MVP (XVI, XIX, XXIV). In those four games, Montana threw for 11 touchdowns without an interception. The most famous of those touchdown passes is the game-winning score to receiver John Taylor in Super Bowl XXIII.

  • Harris was a four-time Super Bowl winner (IX, X, XIII, XIV) and earned game MVP honors in the Steelers' win over the Vikings in Super Bowl IX. Harris rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' first of what would be four Super Bowl wins in six seasons in the 1970s.
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Smith was a three-time Super Bowl winner (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) and the MVP in Super Bowl XXVIII. In that Super Bowl XXVIII win over the Bills, Smith carried the ball 30 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Never was his workhorse-like performance on greater display than on the Cowboys' go-ahead drive in the third quarter. On an eight-play, 64-yard touchdown drive, Smith carried the ball seven times for 61 yards, and capped that drive with <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000619287/Super-Bowl-XXVIII-Emmitt-Smith-15-yard-TD-run" target="new">a 15-yard scoring run</a>. 16

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    Running backs - Emmitt Smith and Franco Harris

    Harris was a four-time Super Bowl winner (IX, X, XIII, XIV) and earned game MVP honors in the Steelers' win over the Vikings in Super Bowl IX. Harris rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' first of what would be four Super Bowl wins in six seasons in the 1970s.

    Smith was a three-time Super Bowl winner (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) and the MVP in Super Bowl XXVIII. In that Super Bowl XXVIII win over the Bills, Smith carried the ball 30 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Never was his workhorse-like performance on greater display than on the Cowboys' go-ahead drive in the third quarter. On an eight-play, 64-yard touchdown drive, Smith carried the ball seven times for 61 yards, and capped that drive with a 15-yard scoring run.

  • Rice -- the NFL's all-time career leader in every major receiving category -- was a three-time Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX) and earned game MVP honors in the 49ers' win over the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII. Rice had 215 yards receiving and a touchdown in that game. He scored three touchdowns in the 49ers' win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV and three touchdowns again in the 49ers' win over the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. He played in a fourth Super Bowl -- Super Bowl XXXVII -- while as a member of the Raiders.
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Swann was a four-time Super Bowl winner (IX, X, XIII, XIV). He was the MVP of the Steelers' win over the Cowboys in Super Bowl X, in which he <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000625827/Lynn-Swann-amazes-in-Super-Bowl-X-Top-50-Super-Bowl-Performances" target="new">made a series of outstanding plays</a> in Pittsburgh's second consecutive Super Bowl win. 15

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    Wide receivers - Lynn Swann and Jerry Rice

    Rice -- the NFL's all-time career leader in every major receiving category -- was a three-time Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX) and earned game MVP honors in the 49ers' win over the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII. Rice had 215 yards receiving and a touchdown in that game. He scored three touchdowns in the 49ers' win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV and three touchdowns again in the 49ers' win over the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. He played in a fourth Super Bowl -- Super Bowl XXXVII -- while as a member of the Raiders.

    Swann was a four-time Super Bowl winner (IX, X, XIII, XIV). He was the MVP of the Steelers' win over the Cowboys in Super Bowl X, in which he made a series of outstanding plays in Pittsburgh's second consecutive Super Bowl win.

  • Novacek was a three-time Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) with the Cowboys. Novacek -- who was a five-time Pro Bowl selection from 1991-95 -- was a vital cog in the Cowboys' offensive machine, and he scored two touchdowns and accumulated 148 yards receiving in those three Super Bowl victories. 14

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    Tight end - Jay Novacek

    Novacek was a three-time Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) with the Cowboys. Novacek -- who was a five-time Pro Bowl selection from 1991-95 -- was a vital cog in the Cowboys' offensive machine, and he scored two touchdowns and accumulated 148 yards receiving in those three Super Bowl victories.

  • Shell was champion as a player in Super Bowls XI and XV. He was an offensive line coach for the Raiders' win in Super Bowl XVIII. Shell and fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw formed a formidable offensive front for one of the NFL's dominant teams from the late 1960s through the early 1980s.
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Gregg was a member of the Packers when the team won the first two Super Bowls, and then closed out his career with the Cowboys, with whom he was a part of the team's win in Super Bowl VI. Legendary coach Vince Lombardi had said that Gregg "was the finest player I ever coached." 13

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    Offensive tackles - Art Shell and Forrest Gregg

    Shell was champion as a player in Super Bowls XI and XV. He was an offensive line coach for the Raiders' win in Super Bowl XVIII. Shell and fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw formed a formidable offensive front for one of the NFL's dominant teams from the late 1960s through the early 1980s.

    Gregg was a member of the Packers when the team won the first two Super Bowls, and then closed out his career with the Cowboys, with whom he was a part of the team's win in Super Bowl VI. Legendary coach Vince Lombardi had said that Gregg "was the finest player I ever coached."

  • Upshaw played in three Super Bowls with the Raiders, in Super Bowl II as a rookie in 1967, and then in Super Bowls XI and XV, in which the Raiders emerged victorious. Upshaw has the designation of being the first player to appear in Super Bowls in three different decades (Jerry Rice and Bill Romanowski would each accomplish the same feat when the Raiders advanced to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season).
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Allen was in his second NFL season when the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX. In that 1995 season, Allen started a run in which he was a Pro Bowl selection in seven consecutive seasons. 12

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    Guards - Larry Allen and Gene Upshaw

    Upshaw played in three Super Bowls with the Raiders, in Super Bowl II as a rookie in 1967, and then in Super Bowls XI and XV, in which the Raiders emerged victorious. Upshaw has the designation of being the first player to appear in Super Bowls in three different decades (Jerry Rice and Bill Romanowski would each accomplish the same feat when the Raiders advanced to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season).

    Allen was in his second NFL season when the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX. In that 1995 season, Allen started a run in which he was a Pro Bowl selection in seven consecutive seasons.

  • Webster anchored the line for the four-time Super Bowl champion Steelers of the 1970s. Webster is a member of the NFL's <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/1970s" target="new">1970s All-Decade Team</a>, the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/1980s" target="new">1980s All-Decade Team</a> and the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/75th" target="new">75th Anniversary All-Time Team</a>. 11

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    Center - Mike Webster

    Webster anchored the line for the four-time Super Bowl champion Steelers of the 1970s. Webster is a member of the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team, the 1980s All-Decade Team and the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

  • White played in two Super Bowls while with the Packers, including the team's win in Super Bowl XXXI. In that win over the Patriots, White set a Super Bowl record with three sacks.
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Haley was a five-time Super Bowl champion, twice with the 49ers (XXIII and XXIV) and three times with the Cowboys (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX). Haley is the only player in NFL history with five Super Bowl wins. As one of the most feared pass rushers of his time, Haley registered 4.5 sacks in those five Super Bowl games. 10

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    Defensive ends - Charles Haley and Reggie White

    White played in two Super Bowls while with the Packers, including the team's win in Super Bowl XXXI. In that win over the Patriots, White set a Super Bowl record with three sacks.

    Haley was a five-time Super Bowl champion, twice with the 49ers (XXIII and XXIV) and three times with the Cowboys (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX). Haley is the only player in NFL history with five Super Bowl wins. As one of the most feared pass rushers of his time, Haley registered 4.5 sacks in those five Super Bowl games.

  • Greene was a four-time Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV) with the Steelers. In the Steelers' first Super Bowl win, Greene and the "Steel Curtain" defense kept the Vikings' offense off the scoreboard. That defensive effort included an interception by Greene <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/pittsburgh-steelers/0ap3000000612731/Joe-Greene-intercepts-Fran-Tarkenton-off-deflection" target="new">off a deflected Fran Tarkenton pass</a>.
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White played in three Super Bowls for the Cowboys (X, XII and XIII), including the team's win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. In that game, White and teammate Harvey Martin were named co-MVPs, marking the only time that there were co-MVPs in Super Bowl history. 9

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    Defensive tackles - Randy White and Joe Greene

    Greene was a four-time Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV) with the Steelers. In the Steelers' first Super Bowl win, Greene and the "Steel Curtain" defense kept the Vikings' offense off the scoreboard. That defensive effort included an interception by Greene off a deflected Fran Tarkenton pass.

    White played in three Super Bowls for the Cowboys (X, XII and XIII), including the team's win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. In that game, White and teammate Harvey Martin were named co-MVPs, marking the only time that there were co-MVPs in Super Bowl history.

  • Taylor was a two-time Super Bowl winner (XXI, XXV). That Super Bowl XXI win capped a 1986 season in which Taylor earned league MVP honors (the last defensive player to have won that award).
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Ham was a member of four Super Bowl-winning teams (IX, X, XIII, XIV). Ham, however, missed out on playing in Super Bowl XIV due to an ankle injury. He earned a place on the NFL's <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/1970s" target="new">1970s All-Decade Team</a> and the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/75th" target="new">75th Anniversary All-Time Team</a>. 8

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    Outside linebackers - Lawrence Taylor and Jack Ham

    Taylor was a two-time Super Bowl winner (XXI, XXV). That Super Bowl XXI win capped a 1986 season in which Taylor earned league MVP honors (the last defensive player to have won that award).

    Ham was a member of four Super Bowl-winning teams (IX, X, XIII, XIV). Ham, however, missed out on playing in Super Bowl XIV due to an ankle injury. He earned a place on the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team and the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

  • Lambert won four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII, XIV) with the Steelers. As arguably the top linebacker of his era, Lambert is a member of the NFL's <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/1970s" target="new">1970s All-Decade Team</a>, the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/1980s" target="new">1980s All-Decade Team</a> and the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/75th" target="new">75th Anniversary All-Time Team</a>.
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Lewis was a two-time Super Bowl winner (XXXV, XLVII), and earned game MVP honors in the Ravens' win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. In that win, Lewis and company thoroughly dominated the Giants, whose only touchdown came on a kickoff return. 7

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    Inside linebackers - Jack Lambert and Ray Lewis

    Lambert won four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII, XIV) with the Steelers. As arguably the top linebacker of his era, Lambert is a member of the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team, the 1980s All-Decade Team and the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

    Lewis was a two-time Super Bowl winner (XXXV, XLVII), and earned game MVP honors in the Ravens' win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. In that win, Lewis and company thoroughly dominated the Giants, whose only touchdown came on a kickoff return.

  • Blount won four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII, XIV) with the Steelers. Blount was a big reason for the Steelers' success on defense during the 1970s. He had two interceptions in the Super Bowl, one in Super Bowl X and another in Super Bowl XIII.
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Sanders won Super Bowl XXIX with the 49ers, and then the next season -- after signing a free-agent contract with the Cowboys -- won Super Bowl XXX. Sanders had an interception in the 49ers' win over the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. In the Cowboys' Super Bowl XXX win, Sanders played some offense, too, recording a 47-yard reception that set up Dallas' first touchdown of the game. 6

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    Cornerbacks - Deion Sanders and Mel Blount

    Blount won four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII, XIV) with the Steelers. Blount was a big reason for the Steelers' success on defense during the 1970s. He had two interceptions in the Super Bowl, one in Super Bowl X and another in Super Bowl XIII.

    Sanders won Super Bowl XXIX with the 49ers, and then the next season -- after signing a free-agent contract with the Cowboys -- won Super Bowl XXX. Sanders had an interception in the 49ers' win over the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. In the Cowboys' Super Bowl XXX win, Sanders played some offense, too, recording a 47-yard reception that set up Dallas' first touchdown of the game.

  • Lott was a four-time Super Bowl winner (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV) with the 49ers. Lott is a member of the NFL's <a href="/history/legends/1980s" target="new">1980s All-Decade Team</a>, the <a href="/history/legends/1990s" target="new">1990s All-Decade Team</a> and the <a href="/history/legends/75th" target="new">75th Anniversary All-Time Team</a>.
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Scott played in three Super Bowls with the Dolphins, including the team's wins in Super Bowls VII and VIII. Scott provided a pivotal moment en route to completing the first -- and still only -- <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/football-history/miamis-perfect-season/" target="new">perfect season</a> in the Super Bowl era. <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000619290/Super-Bowl-VII-Jake-Scott-s-INT-in-the-end-zone-and-55-yard-return" target="new">Scott intercepted Billy Kilmer in the end zone</a> to twart a Redskins scoring threat, that was one of two interceptions for Scott as he earned game MVP honors. 5

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    Safeties - Jake Scott and Ronnie Lott

    Lott was a four-time Super Bowl winner (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV) with the 49ers. Lott is a member of the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team, the 1990s All-Decade Team and the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

    Scott played in three Super Bowls with the Dolphins, including the team's wins in Super Bowls VII and VIII. Scott provided a pivotal moment en route to completing the first -- and still only -- perfect season in the Super Bowl era. Scott intercepted Billy Kilmer in the end zone to twart a Redskins scoring threat, that was one of two interceptions for Scott as he earned game MVP honors.

  • Vinatieri has been a part of four Super Bowl winners, three with the Patriots (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) and one with the Colts (XLI). He also played in Super Bowl XXXI with the Patriots. Vinatieri -- recognized as one of the most clutch kickers in league history -- made the game-winning kicks in <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000504942/Adam-Vinatieri-48-yd-field-goal-Super-Bowl-XXXVI" target="new">Super Bowl XXXVI</a> and <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000619286/Super-Bowl-XXXVIII-Adam-Vinatieri-s-41-yard-GW-field-goal" target="new">Super Bowl XXXVIII</a>. 4

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    Kicker - Adam Vinatieri

    Vinatieri has been a part of four Super Bowl winners, three with the Patriots (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) and one with the Colts (XLI). He also played in Super Bowl XXXI with the Patriots. Vinatieri -- recognized as one of the most clutch kickers in league history -- made the game-winning kicks in Super Bowl XXXVI and Super Bowl XXXVIII.

  • Guy was a three-time Super Bowl winner (XI, XV, XVIII) with the Raiders. <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap2000000366298/Ray-Guy-Super-Bowl-XVIII-punt" target="new">Guy made a sensational grab</a> of a high long snap in the Raiders' Super Bowl XVIII win over the Redskins. 3

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    Punter - Ray Guy

    Guy was a three-time Super Bowl winner (XI, XV, XVIII) with the Raiders. Guy made a sensational grab of a high long snap in the Raiders' Super Bowl XVIII win over the Redskins.

  • Howard won a Heisman Trophy in large part <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/greatest-cfb-plays/0ap3000000498490/Greatest-CFB-Plays-Howard-punt-return-TD-Michigan-vs-Ohio-State-1991" target="new">because of his abilities</a> as a returner, and that skill came in handy in the Packers' win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000619620/Top-50-SB-Performances-Desmond-Howard-29" target="new">Howard earned game MVP honors</a> for a series of lengthy punt and kickoff returns, including <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/green-bay-packers/09000d5d82675387/Touching-Down-Desmond-Howard" target="new">a game-breaking 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown</a>. 2

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    Return specialist - Desmond Howard

    Howard won a Heisman Trophy in large part because of his abilities as a returner, and that skill came in handy in the Packers' win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. Howard earned game MVP honors for a series of lengthy punt and kickoff returns, including a game-breaking 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

  • Noll led the 1970s Steelers to four Super Bowl wins (XIV, XIII, X, IX) in six seasons. In all, Noll won six NFL championship, a total that includes two NFL titles while as a player for the Cleveland Browns in 1954 and 1955. Noll is the eighth Steelers member chosen for this "Super Bowl 50 Golden Team", the most for any team. 1

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    Head coach - Chuck Noll

    Noll led the 1970s Steelers to four Super Bowl wins (XIV, XIII, X, IX) in six seasons. In all, Noll won six NFL championship, a total that includes two NFL titles while as a player for the Cleveland Browns in 1954 and 1955. Noll is the eighth Steelers member chosen for this "Super Bowl 50 Golden Team", the most for any team.

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