4 Super Bowl MVPs who have taken the field for the Cardinals

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Dexter Jackson – S

In March of 2003, the Cards signed a free agent away from the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The club acquired Dexter Jackson, the Bucs’ starting safety, who was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVII just six weeks earlier.

Jackson won the cherished award after snagging two interceptions during Tampa Bay’s 48-21 demolition of the Oakland Raiders. However, many observers believed the honor should’ve gone to Buccaneers safety Dwight Smith, who recorded two “pick-sixes” during the rout.

Arizona brought Jackson in to replace the late Kwamie Lassiter, who would be leaving to ink a free-agent deal with the San Diego Chargers. In 16 starts for the Cardinals in 2003, Jackson totaled 89 tackles and set career-highs in both interceptions (6) and pass breakups (14).