Wide receivers have made a big impact on the Super Bowl over the years. Here’s a look at five fun facts about wide receivers in the Super Bowl.
The first two touchdown game by a wide receiver in a Super Bowl was turned in by Raiders receiver Bill Miller in Super Bowl II. That game saw him catch two touchdown passes, each one from 23 yards away. Each one was thrown by quarterback Daryle Lamonica in a losing effort to the Packers.
2 x 100
In Super Bowl XVI the Bengals became the first team in Super Bowl history to have two different receivers gain more than 100 yards receiving. Dan Ross caught 11 balls for 104 yards and Cris Collinsworth hauled in five catches for 107 yards.
Shhh! Don’t Tell!
In Super Bowl III, the Colts didn’t know it but Jets star wide receiver Don Maynard had a hamstring injury during the game. The team used him mainly as a decoy and the Colts often double covered him anyway.
A Career Day!
In Super Bowl XLV, Jordy Nelson of the Packers caught nine passes for 140 yards. This made him the top receiver of the game. It was good timing too because this was also his career best performance at that point.
In Super Bowl XXIV, Jerry Rice became the first player ever to catch three touchdown passes in one Super Bowl. He was the second player to score three touchdowns in one Super Bowl, tying teammate Roger Craig who had score two rushing and one receiving touchdown in Super Bowl XIX.