Nine sportswriters and a former NFL administrator, all of whom have attended all 33 previous Super Bowls, were polled to select the best players at each position in the NFL's championship game.
The offensive selections were quarterback Joe Montana, running backs Franco Harris and Emmitt Smith, tight end Jay Novacek, wide receivers Jerry Rice and Lynn Swann, tackles Forrest Gregg and Joe Jacoby, guards Gene Upshaw and Bob Kuechenberg, and center Mike Webster.
The defense was ends L.C. Greenwood and Harvey Martin, tackles Randy White and Joe Greene, middle linebacker Jack Lambert, outside linebackers Ted Hendricks and Chuck Howley, cornerbacks Herb Adderley and Mel Blount, and safeties Ronnie Lott and Jake Scott.
The punter was Ray Guy, and the kicker was Jan Stenerud. The kick returner was Desmond Howard and the coach was Chuck Noll.
The selection committee was Don Weiss of the NFL, Larry Felser of the Buffalo News, John Steadman of the Baltimore Sun, Jerry Green of the Detroit News, Jerry Izenberg of the Newark Star-Ledger, Dave Klein of e-Giants, Will McDonough of the Boston Globe, Norm Miller of the New York Daily News and Post, Bob Oates of the Los Angeles Times and Edwin Pope of the Miami Herald.
Odds and ends
The Titans were the 10th team to fail to score in the first half of the Super Bowl. All 10 wound up losing.
The Titans had been 5-0 against teams that had won 13 games during the regular season beating Jacksonville three times, Indianapolis and St. Louis. Tennessee beat the Rams 24-21 on Oct. 31 at home.
Titans punter Mike Horan is the oldest player ever to take part in a Super Bowl. He will be 41 on Tuesday.
Tennessee's Eddie George passed Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell as the franchise's career rushing leader in the postseason. George rushed for 97 yards Sunday, giving him 451 in four games compared to Campbell's 420 yards in eight games. Campbell did it when the franchise was in Houston.
Information from The Associated Press supplemented to this report.
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