New York Jets Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath will participate in the pregame ceremonies before Super Bowl 50 this Sunday at Levi's Stadium. Namath, the Most Valuable Player in the Jets' Super Bowl III victory over the Baltimore Colts, will be joined on the field with 39 other Super Bowl MVPs to celebrate the history of the big game.
Namath guaranteed a victory and then led the Jets to a 16-7 win in Super Bowl III, the first for the fledgling AFL and the victory solidified the negotiations to merge with the NFL. The Colts were 18-point favorite and the Jets simply beat them up and down the field. Namath was named the MVP of the game, although others, especially RB Matt Snell, had better games.
Other MVPs scheduled to appear: Roger Staubach, Len Dawson, Jake Scott, Larry Csonka, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Fred Biletnikoff, Randy White, Jim Plunkett, John Riggins, Marcus Allen, Richard Dent, Ottis Anderson, Doug WIlliams, Jerry Rice, Mark Rypien, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Steve Young, Larry Brown, Desmond Howard, Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner, Ray Lewis, Dexter Jackson, Deion Branch, Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco and Malcolm Smith.
Phil Simms, the MVP of Super Bowl XXI, is covering the game for CBS and will be on the field as will Denver Broncos' QB Peyton Manning and President/GM John Elway. Dallas Cowboys DE Harvey Martin, the co-MVP of Super Bowl XII (with Randy White), passed away in 2001 and will be honored posthumously.
Bart Starr, who won the first two MVP awards for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers, will appear via video as will former Dallas Cowboys' linebacker Chuck Howley, the only player from the losing team to be named MVP.
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