It is uncertain yet whether the Bears put newly signed wide receiver Santonio Holmes on the field but if they do, it sets up a rare potential meeting between two Super Bowl MVPs, from opposite sides of the football.
Holmes earned that honor as a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2009. Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith was the Seahawks’ MVP in their win last Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos.
The two may have one thing in common besides their awards: rust. Smith, like Holmes, only began practicing in full this week following off-season ankle surgery.
Only eight Super Bowl MVPs have been from the defensive side. Richard Dent did face Joe Montana multiple times after their respective awards and Ray Lewis certainly saw Tom Brady and Peyton Manning on occasion.