Tampa Bay free safety Dexter Jackson was named the Super Bowl XXXVII Most Valuable Player after becoming the first player in Super Bowl history to pick off two passes in the first half. Jackson won the honors over cornerback Dwight Smith, who had two second half interceptions which were returned for touchdowns, and defensive end Simeon Rice, who had two sacks of quarterback Rich Gannon, and was ABC Super Bowl color analyst John Madden's pick for MVP.
The last defensive player to win MVP honors was Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis in Super Bowl XXXV. The last defensive back to take home the MVP trophy was Dallas cornerback Larry Brown in Super Bowl XXX. Aside from the trophy, Jackson gets to pick out any Cadillac vehicle as a prize.
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