22. Len Dawson
Dawson could have been football’s version of Pete Rose, after the long-time Chiefs’ quarterback became a subject of an investigation after being linked to a professional gambler, who, even though he was no relation, had the unfortunate last name of “Dawson” as well (first name Donald). T
hough Dawson’s name was cleared, he had to deal with all that external pressure while preparing to lead Kansas City in Super Bowl IV versus the Minnesota Vikings and their imposing “Purple People Eaters” front line that included two hall of famers (Alan Page and Carl Eller). Dawson rose to the occasion, securing MVP honors for the game after leading KC to a 24-7 triumph.