So, two days after the big game, I'm sure if you think back on what transpired throughout this postseason, these names (from the SBXLIII participants) will come to mind pretty quickly, in no particular order:
Now if the Cardinals had won the Super Bowl, I'd be writing this about one Darnell Dockett, the anchor of the Cardinals' D-Line and truly an outstanding player. However, they did not manage to grasp victory from the jaws of defeat, rather the opposite was achieved by that same defensive unit (and I ask you, where was Dockett on that last drive?).
So instead, my so-called 'unsung hero' is none other than Steelers OLB LaMarr Woodley. Even though he plays opposite DPOY James Harrison, Woodley still gets a fair amount of attention from the opposing offensive line. Why? He had 11.5 sacks, an INT, 2FF, and a DTD in only his first season as a starter (and, in my opinion, was a Pro Bowl snub). But, as good as he was in the regular season, he was even better in the playoffs. Woodly recorded an NFL-high 6.0 sacks and a FF in 3 games, tallying 2.0 in each game. I'm not 100% sure about this, but I think this is the first time a player has recorded multiple sacks in 3 consecutive postseason games. And even when he didn't make any sacks, he was usually applying at least as much pressure as the aforementioned Harrison. Yet he's not mentioned among the postseason's top performers, and that's unfair.
So here you go LaMarr, I am giving you your well deserved praise: congratulations on a terrific postseason and enjoy that Lombardi trophy; you were an integral large part of that championship.