It has been 40 years since John Madden coached the Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl title and six years since he was in the booth for his final Super Bowl broadcast. Meanwhile, the video game that bears his name just keeps on growing in popularity. In fact, a younger generation may know Madden more for that endeavor than for his excellent NFL coaching and broadcasting careers. As Super Bowl 51 draws nearer, here's a look at one of the most iconic figures in professional football.
Bill Parcells won two Super Bowl rings as head coach of the New York Giants. Known as "The Big Tuna", a nickname about the shape of his physique derived from a team joke during his tenure as linebackers coach of the New England Patriots, Parcells was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. In celebration of his 75th birthday on Aug. 22, 2016, we present these classic photos of Bill Parcells through the years.
Four-time Pro Bowl and Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in the NFL's first two Super Bowls, turned 83 years old on Jan. 9, 2017. In celebration of his longevity and brilliant career, we present these classic photos of the two-time Super Bowl MVP through the years.
As nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees — third all-time in passing touchdowns and fourth in passing yards — celebrates his 37th birthday on Jan. 15, 2016, we present 37 classic photos of the Super Bowl XLIV MVP and future Hall of Famer through the years.
One of the most recognizable faces in Cowboys lore, Troy Aikman quarterbacked Dallas to three Super Bowl championships. He also earned six Pro Bowl nods and Super Bowl XXVII MVP honors, and trails only Tony Romo for most passing touchdowns and yards in Cowboys history. As the Hall of Fame quarterback celebrates his 50th birthday on Nov. 21, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Troy Aikman through the years.
Joe Greene was drafted by the Steelers in 1969 with the No. 4 pick and played all 13 years of his career in Pittsburgh. The defensive tackle was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year, as well as the Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 and 1974. He was selected to 10 Pro Bowls during his career. The Hall of Fame "cornerstone of the Steel Curtain" in the 1970s who helped lead the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories, Greene turned 70 years old on Sept. 24, 2016. We present these classic SI photos in honor of "Mean Joe Greene."