The dream of winning a sixth Super Bowl title came to a rather abrupt end for Dallas Cowboys fans with defeat in the wildcard round against the San Francisco 49ers. It was a defeat that many, including owner Jerry Jones, struggled to deal with. He admitted at the start of the campaign that it was a “Super Bowl or bust” year for the franchise, and not for the first time, the team came up short.
Pressure has immediately been put on Head Coach Mike McCarthy, who publicly supported the strange final play of the game by Quarterback Dak Prescott. However, fans of the NFL franchise that were among the leading contenders with PointsBet to win the Stanley Cup this season will now look ahead to next season, as stars look to follow in the footsteps of legends that have been named MVP in the Super Bowl on their way to winning the illustrious title.
The first Cowboys star to be named as the Super Bowl MVP and also be on the winning side in the game was Roger Staubach. The quarterback was an instrumental part of the team that would win two Super Bowls between 1971 and 1977, but he would only be named the MVP in the first of the two victories. Dallas beat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, as they ran out 24-3 winners.
Staubach was in outstanding form in the game, as he completed 12 out of the 18 passes that he attempted for 119 yards. He also threw two touchdowns and rushed five times for a total of 18 yards. Staubach is still considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and was also named NFL Man of the Year in 1978.
Randy White & Harvey Martin
History was made at Super Bowl XII, as it was the first time that two players were named joint MVPs in the showpiece event. In the match, the Cowboys claimed success against the Denver Broncos, winning 27-10.
However, it was the defensive play that caught the imagination in the Super Bowl, as the Doomsday Defense was pivotal in helping the Cowboys to claim a fourth Super Bowl victory. Randy White and Harvey Martin were integral to the success, as both stars would win their one and only Super Bowl title with the franchise in 1977.
Troy Aikman spent the entirety of his NFL career with the Cowboys and remains one of the most celebrated players in the history of the franchise. The quarterback was influential in ending the Cowboys' ten-year wait for Super Bowl success, and he was named MVP in their Super Bowl XXVII victory against the Buffalo Bills in 1992.
Aikman completed 22 of his 30 passes in the high-scoring match, and also threw four touchdowns. The quarterback would later win the Super Bowl on two further occasions with the Cowboys, with his other victories coming at Super Bowl XXVIII and Super Bowl XXX.