Steelers' Holmes named MVP
TAMPA, Fla. -- Santonio Holmes sat on the grass alongside the end zone -- legs outstretched, head bowed, arms wrapped tightly around the ball.He'd come too far to let go. The kid who once sold drugs on a street corner had grown up to become MVP of a most remarkable Super Bowl. Pittsburgh Steelers their record sixth Super Bowl title, a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night. "I dared the team," Holmes said. "Just give me the ball, give me the chance to make plays and I will do it for you." He was true to his word on the 6-yard winner. After a pass to the left corner went through Holmes' hands, Ben Roethlisberger lofted the ball toward the right corner, over the hands of not one, not two, but three Arizona defenders. Holmes leaped to get it -- and somehow managed to drag both feet in bounds, his toes barely scraping the grass before he tumbled out of bounds. The official threw up both arms -- touchdown! -- and Holmes sat out of bounds for several seconds, looking down at a ball he didn't want to give up. His teammates piled on top of him, celebrating a game that will go down as one of the greatest in Super Bowl history. The referee took a look at the replay to make sure Holmes had control of the ball and got both feet down. The third-year receiver never had any doubt. "I knew it was a touchdown 100 percent," he said. "My feet never left the ground. All I did was stand on my toes and extend my hands."
Super Bowl MVPs
Santonio Holmes followed in the footsteps of fellow Steelers receiver Hines Ward in winning a Super Bowl MVP award. Here are the last 10 winners:
The Steelers defeat the Cardinals 27-23 in one of the most memorable Super Bowls ever.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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