Twelve years ago, the Patriots made an indelible statement by opting to launch Super Bowl XXXVI by ditching the individual introductions and entering as a team.
Last night, the Super Bowl MVP voters could have provided the ultimate bookend to New England’s unprecedented (but now ubiquitous) team-first proclamation. With multiple viable candidates to choose from, the voters should have declared the Seahawks to be a true team by identifying none of them as the most valuable.
With one of the most complete team efforts the Super Bowl ever has seen, none was truly more valuable than the rest. Of the men who were considered for the recognition — Malcolm Smith (pictured), Percy Harvin, Russell Wilson, Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor, Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin — the Seahawks still would have easily won without any of them. So maybe the right result would have been to give none of them special recognition.
It never would have happened, absent coordination among the voters or a history of a none-of-the-above MVP prize. But with the Seahawks proving that some wins are so overwhelming and convincing that no one player delivered it, the voters in the future should be prepared to consider the possibility of providing the best possible commendation to a team, by giving no specific commendation to any one player.