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Super Bowl Week: Day 2

Super Bowl Week: Day 2

Super Bowl Week: Day 2

Ray Lewis is one of only eight defensive players that have been named Super Bowl MVP. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP file photo)
Ray Lewis is one of only eight defensive players that have been named Super Bowl MVP. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP file photo)

In more than half (25) of the 46 previous Super Bowls, a quarterback was named the Most Valuable Player. Throw in seven running backs and six wide receivers and a kick returner (Desmond Howard, Packers, SB 31), and that leaves seven times that a defensive player (or players) was named the SB MVP:

 SB
 No. 

 Player(s)

 Team

 Pos. 

 Statistics
   5  Chuck Howley  Cowboys  LB  3 tackles, 1 assist, 2 interceptions
   7  Jake Scott  Dolphins  S  2 tackles, 2 interceptions
 12
 Randy White
 Harvey Martin
 Cowboys
 Cowboys
 DT
 DE
 5 tackles, 1 sack
 2 sacks, 1 pass defensed
 20  Richard Dent  Bears  DE  2 tackles, 1 assist, 1.5 sack, 1 PD
 30  Larry Brown  Cowboys  CB  5 tackles, 2 assists, 2 interceptions
 35  Ray Lewis  Ravens  LB  3 tackles, 2 assists, 4 passes defensed
 37  Dexter Jackson   Buccaneers   S  1 tackle, 2 interceptions
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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