Has There Ever Been a Big-Man Touchdown in the Super Bowl? History of Offensive and Defensive Linemen Scoring
There aren't many football plays more fun than a big-man touchdown. Seeing a 300-plus pounder rumbling, bumbling and stumbling their way into the end zone will bring a smile to even the most jaded football fan's face. And how can you not be excited for the guy scoring? Usually an unsung hero, they finally get a moment of glory and spotlight.
And in no game is that spotlight bigger than the Super Bowl. Teams aren't afraid to pull out all the stops in the big game, and that includes getting the ball into the hands of some unusual playmakers.
As we get ready for Super Bowl 57 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, here's a look at every big-man touchdown ever scored in a Super Bowl.
Big Man Touchdowns in Super Bowl History
3. Malik Jackson, Denver Broncos, Super Bowl 50 (Fumble Return TD)
Listed at 285 pounds, Malik Jackson may be on the light end for a big-man touchdown, but the defensive tackle still more than fits the bill.
Jackson's touchdown was the first in a Denver Broncos-Carolina Panthers Super Bowl that ended up being a total rout. Denver was up 3-0 in the first quarter when Von Miller got to Cam Newton for a sack and forced a fumble, which Jackson fell on in the end zone.
2. Jimmie Jones, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVII (Fumble Return TD)
The first of the Dallas Cowboys' back-to-back Super Bowl wins over the Buffalo Bills in the 90s was a game that wasn't much fun for anyone but Cowboys fans. A 52-17 blowout in the big game isn't what any of us want to see.
That win was bolstered by Dallas making history with a pair of defensive touchdowns, including one in the first quarter from Jimmie Jones.
In a play eerily similar to Jackson's touchdown, a Hall-of-Fame edge rusher in Charles Haley knocked the ball loose with a sack right by the goal line, and Jones scooped up the loose ball to dive into the end zone.
1. William Perry, Chicago Bears, Super Bowl XX (Rushing TD)
The heaviest player to score a touchdown in Super Bowl history was also the first to score a big-man TD in the big game. William "The Refrigerator" Perry plunged across the goal line at 335 pounds.
It wasn't the most game-breaking touchdown we've ever seen, as the Chicago Bears were already up 37-3 on the New England Patriots when Perry took a handoff from the 1-yard line and barreled his way into the end zone before punctuating his historic score with an impressive spike.
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