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Top 10 Super Bowl goats (player)

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Bob McGinn
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By Bob McGinn

1. Eugene Robinson, FS, Falcons, XXXIII: Arrested for soliciting a prostitute not far from the team hotel on the Saturday night before the game.

2. Barret Robbins, C, Raiders, XXXVII: Went on a weekend bender in Tijuana and wasn't allowed to play after he got back.

3. Stanley Wilson, RB, Bengals, XXIII: News of his cocaine binge was delivered to players at the Saturday night meeting.

4. Scott Norwood, K. Bills, XXV: All things considered, he had about a 50-50 shot from 47 yards to win the game. He missed wide right by about 4 feet.

5. Jackie Smith, TE, Cowboys, XIII: Smith's drop of a 3-yard pass in the end zone didn't lose it for the Cowboys, but it surely didn't help.

6. Asante Samuel, CB, Patriots, XLII: Nobody would have ever heard of David Tyree if the sure-handed Samuel had held on to Eli Manning's wayward sideline pass earlier that drive.

7. Cliff Harris, FS, Cowboys, X: By taunting Pittsburgh kicker Roy Gerela after a missed field goal, Harris incited the Steelers to beat the Cowboys.

8. Earl Morrall, QB, Colts, III: Everyone could see Jimmy Orr wide open on the fateful flea-flicker play — everyone except Morrall, who threw elsewhere and was picked off.

9. Thomas Henderson, LB, Cowboys, XIII: A flag already had been thrown, but Henderson felt compelled to rough Terry Bradshaw and taunt Franco Harris, who turned his rage into a touchdown on the next play.

10. Thurman Thomas, RB, Bills, XXVI: According to Marv Levy, Thomas put down his helmet next to others during the National Anthem. When a defensive player walked off with Thomas' helmet, he missed the first two plays of the game.

Coming Wednesday: Top 10 unexpected Super Bowl heroes

Bob McGinn, the author of "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book," has covered the Green Bay Packers and the NFL for 30 years, including the last 19 for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has been Pro Football Weekly's correspondent in Green Bay since the early 1980s. McGinn spent 4½ years interviewing more than 150 head coaches, assistant coaches, players, general managers, scouts and owners, as well as studying tapes of every game, in preparation for writing his book. His objective was to break down why each game was won. "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book," published by MVP Books, is available at, and book stores across the country. It contains more than 25 top-10 lists, a comprehensive statistical summary of each game and a list of Super Bowl records.

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