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BMW-Branch, Manning, and Ward, Super Bowl Standouts.

Updated on August 21, 2017

Super Bowl MVP'S Ultimate Performance

Never in the 48 year history of the Super Bowl has three MVP'S last name initials were the same as Bayerische Motoren Werks AG. BMW has long been known for their automotive design, engineering and reliability among car enthusiast. One of their earlier advertising campaign slogans was that BMW was the "Ultimate Driving Machine."

When I first notice the correlation between the last names of Branch, Manning and Ward were the same as the initials of BMW, I wondered what were the odds of this occuring in three consecutive Super Bowls and figure it was astronomical at least when you factor in the number of Super Bowl Most Valuable Players in the last forty four years and the initials of their last names being the same as the legendary "Barvarian Motor Werks" is astronomical or very close to it.

Deion Branch, Super Bowl XXXIX MVP - New England Patriots # 84


Branch's 11 catches ties Super Bowl Record

Deion Branch Super Bowl XXXIX MVP

[ Height: 5' 9" | Weight: 193 | Position: Wide Receiver | Team: New England Patriots ( current )

Career Highlights:Branch set a Super Bowl Record while playing for the New England Patriots for total receiving yards in back to back Super Bowls. His 143 yards in Super Bowl XXXIII and 133 yards in Super Bowl XXXIX for a total of 276 yards. His 11 receptions in Super Bowl XXXIX tied a Super Bowl record for number of receptions in a game. His 21 catches in those two games is an NFL Super Bowl record by a single player. Only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Andre Reed, who each played in 4 Super Bowls, recorded more.

Peyton Manning, Super Bowl XLI MVP

Leads Indianapolis Colts to first Super Bowl win.

[ Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 230 lbs. | Position: Quarterback | Team: Indianapolis Colts

Career Highlights: Peyton Manning has played his entire professional career with the Colts. A first round draft choice in 1998 selected out of the University of Tennesee, Manning has been voted Pro Bowl MVP four times (the only player to do so) in the history of the game. One of the most consistent quarterback in the league, Peyton finally won the "big game" when he lead the Colts to a 29 to 17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl LXI. Silencing his critics who said, "He could'nt win the big one" for all time.

Peyton Manning , 4-Time MVP - Authenic NFL Replica Jersey


Hines Ward, Super Bowl XL MVP

Wards hard blocks are legendary

Hines E. Ward, Jr. born March 8, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea. [Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 225 lbs. | Position: Wide Receiver | Team: Pittsburg Steelers

Career Highlights: As a wide receiver for the University of Georgia Bulldogs (1994-1997), Wards 149 receptions for 1,965 yards placed him second in team history. Hines also played tailback and totaled 3, 870 all-purpose yards, second only to Herschel Walker in Bulldog history. Since being drafted by the Pittsburg Steelers in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft he has earned three team Most Valuable Player selections. His 5 receptions for 123 yards and one rush for 18 yards lead the Steelers in a 21 to 10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.

Hines E. Ward, Jr. - Super Bowl XL MVP


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      the-gadgeteer 4 years ago

      Great observation. I'm a bmw lover.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great football talent, very cool lens.

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      Maribel Forayo 5 years ago from Philippines

      I also thought it was the famous car model. Great lens.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @anonymous: SereneSea, when I saw the correlation between the Super Bowl MVP's last names and BMW's advertising slogan: "The Ultimate Driving Machine" it was an epiphany...thanks for visiting and your very insightful comment. Have a great week.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      BMW was always known for a super fast heavy vehicle, interesting to know that it has another meaning associated with "Branch, Manning and Ward".

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I can appreciate their talent, but the salaries of these elite atheletes is way out of wack with reality.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @TolovajWordsmith: Tolovaj, one would definitely have to be an enthusiasts of both the Super Bowl and BMW automotive brand...the ultimate driving machine and the ultimate Super Bowl performance is quitie fitting for these 3 superb athletes.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting...I appreciate it!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Interesting take on Super Bowl and BMW and nice trivia for football and automotive enthusiasts. I guess this can be a useful case for teaching mnemonic techniques too:)

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky


      A big collision with Patriots receiver Deion Branch has left Ravens safety Ed Reed $21,000 lighter in the wallet.

      Reed was fined because he hit Branch in the head and neck area at a time when Deion was considered a defenseless receiver. Branch did not make the catch on the play, but the Patriots picked up 15 yards because of Reeds penalty.- Michael David Smith, Profootball ( Sept. 28, 2012)

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @gee5: gee5, it was my way of remembering and commemorating the players outstanding performance on the most viewed sporting event of the year.

      Being a BMW enthusiast for many years and knowing their iconic advertising slogan "the ultimate driving machine" it was'nt difficult to see the connection. Thanks for visiting and commenting...appreciate it!

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      The 2009 BMW Championship was the last tournament that Tiger Woods won until today when he posted a 13 under 275. Tiger shot 70 and easily held Grame McDowell at Bayhill where he has won 6 times previously.

      Deion Branch signed a 1 year contract with the Patriots. Peyton Manning reaches a deal with the Denver Broncos after spending 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Hines Ward retires as Steeler where he spent his entire 14 year NFL career.

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      gee5 5 years ago

      Great intro! I've never made the connection between the three. BMW. Good stuff.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @anonymous: SereneSea, thanks for visting and commenting...the BMW brand is continually evolving and manufacturing automobiles that engineered with the car enthusiast in mind.

      The M series for 2011 is very popular and has surpassed all sale expectations for the second quarter. Bayerische Motoren Werks AG global recognition is due to the engineering, handling, and quality synonymous with the BMW emblem.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      BMW looks to be quite high tech and modern, hope they get success in coming days.