The Super Bowl is the biggest stage football has to offer, and in that sense it's a time for players on both sides to step up and contribute to their team's effort.
For the players that step up the most, the award of Super Bowl MVP is on the line. In addition to forever being linked to the team's victory, the award is a testament to a player's ability to rise to the largest of occasions.
While most often the winning quarterback has taken the prize, there are plenty of other players that will be active and primed to go. They may not be the most likely contenders, but they are definitely people to watch for.
Here are four players from each team who could rise from the shadows to contend for Super Bowl MVP.