There are plenty of heroic Super Bowl moments, created by superstars like Tom Brady, Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.
There have also been some quirky moments, created by men you probably don’t remember or a twist of fate like the power shortage that hit the 2013 game.
Here are five strange moments from Super Bowl history.
1. The Night The Lights Went Out In NOLA
Super Bowl XLVII, 2013
This one had it all. Two good teams, the two Harbaugh brothers, John and Jim, coaching against each other and Colin Kaepernick at quarterback for San Francisco. It also had a power outage. The Baltimore Ravens were leading the 49ers 28-6 after Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, the longest play in Super Bowl history. Then the lights went out. There were all kinds of rumours, including the blame placed on Beyonce’s halftime show, but the real reason apparently was a failure of some sort of ‘relay’ device. Whatever the cause, momentum switched completely after the 34-minute break and the Ravens barely held on for a 34-31 win.
2. Leon Lett’s Early Celebration
Super Bowl XXVII, 1993
A three-time Super Bowl winner and an integral part of the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line, Lett is primarily known now for one infamous play. With the Cowboys cruising to a win over the Buffalo Bills, Lett recovered a fumble and was headed to the end zone for a sure touchdown. But he slowed down near the goal line to celebrate and Bills’ receiver Don Beebe chased Lett down and knocked the ball out of his hand just prior to scoring.
3. Max McGee, Hungover Hero
Super Bowl I, 1967
McGee had only caught four passes in the 1966 regular season and figured he wouldn’t play much in the very first Super Bowl, so he broke head coach Vince Lombardi’s curfew and rolled in at 6am after partying all night. As fate would have it, starting wide receiver Boyd Dowler got hurt on the third play of the game and McGee was thrust into the spotlight. Possibly (probably?) hungover, he scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl history and went on to catch six passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
4. Timmy Smith, One Hit Wonder
Super Bowl XXII, 1988
Rookie running back Timmy Smith had taken some snaps late in the 1987 season for injured starter George Rogers, but Washington head coach Joe Gibbs rolled the dice and started Smith in the Super Bowl. He responded by rushing for 204 yards – still a Super Bowl record – and two touchdowns as Washington crushed Denver. Two years later Smith was out of the league and sadly, would even do prison time for drug offences.
5. The Worst Pass In Super Bowl History
Super Bowl VII, 1973
One of the first ‘foreign’ kickers in the NFL, Yepremian (of Armenian Cypriot descent) was famous for once leaving the field with his hands in the air, screaming “I kick a touchdown.” He’s even more famous for his ridiculous pass attempt after a blocked field goal that gifted the Redskins a touchdown in Super Bowl VII. Yepremian, who started his career with the Detroit Lions, earned two Super Bowl rings with the Dolphins.
Where’s My Helmet?
Buffalo running back Thurman Thomas misplaces his helmet and can’t start Super Bowl XXVI (1992).
The Case Of The Missing Jersey
FBI helps in the search for Tom Brady’s jersey that went missing after Super Bowl LI (2017).
Who The Hell Is He?
A fan enters the victorious Pittsburgh locker room, takes a shower and does media interviews after Super Bowl XIII (1979).