Super Bowl MVP of MVPs? It's Doug Williams

Doug Williams isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame but his 15 minutes of fame should be.


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Talk of Fame Network

Doug Williams isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but his 15 minutes of fame should be.

We asked our listeners and readers in last week’s Talk of Fame Network poll to identify the greatest performance in Super Bowl history and gave them five options. What Williams did in the second quarter of the 1988 Super Bowl won in a landslide.

His Redskins trailed the Denver Broncos 10-0 heading into the second quarter, but Williams completed 9-of-11 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns over the next 15 minutes to propel the Redskins into a 35-10 halftime lead. Williams finished the day 18-of-29 for 340 yards in a 42-10 romp over the Broncos, becoming the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

Williams received 72.5 percent of the vote to easily outdistance the performance of his Washington teammate Timmy Smith, ironically, in the same game. Smith set a Super Bowl rushing record that day with 204 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. He averaged 9.3 yards per carry. But his spectacular performance could only muster 20.3 percent of the vote.

Finishing off in the distance behind the two Redskins were Marcus Allen’s 191-yard rushing performance in the 1984 Super Bowl, Kurt Warner’s 414-yard passing performance in the 2000 game, Von Miller’s 2 ½ sacks in the 2016 game and Phil Simms’ 22-of-25 passing performance in the 1987 game.

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