Singletary was the leader of one of the most impressive defenses in NFL history, the 1985 Bears. The always-intense middle linebacker recovered two fumbles in Chicago's 46-10 win over New England in Super Bowl XX.
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Brooks was the leader of a very strong Bucs defense that led Tampa Bay to a 48-21 win over the Raiders. His 44-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed the victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.
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The Chiefs and the Raiders didn't have a chance against Nitschke and the Green Bay defense in Super Bowls I and II. Nitschke's intensity set the tone Vince Lombardi's Packers.
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Buoniconti was the most well-known player on the Dolphins' "No name" defense. A Hall of Fame linebacker, Buoniconti had a key interception in Super Bowl VII to help Miami beat Washington 14-7 and preserve a perfect season.
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Taylor, the most disruptive player of his era, led a defense that held two potent offenses -- Denver and Buffalo -- in check to help the Giants capture Super Bowls XXI and XXV.
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Howley, a six-time Pro Bowl player, was the first guy on a losing team to win Super Bowl MVP when he had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in Super Bowl V, the Cowboys' 16-13 loss to the Colts. He also had an interception in Super Bowl VI, which Dallas won.
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Hendricks helped the Raiders win Super Bowls XI, XV and XVIII and was a key part of the Colts team that won Super Bowl V. The rangy Hendricks was a disruptive force and fierce competitor.
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Martin starred in Super Bowl XVwhen he had three interceptions in a win over the Eagles. He had another strong game in the Raiders' victory over the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.
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Lewis led a ferocious Ravens defense in a 34-7 win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. He was the first linebacker on a winning team to snag MVP honors.
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The athletic Lambert redefined the middle-linebacker position in the 1970s and helped the Steelers come out victorious in four trips to the Super Bowl. He had a safety in Super Bowl X and a key interception that helped Pittsburgh hold off the Rams in Super Bowl XIV.
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