Manny Fernandez dominated Super Bowl VII.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins completed their perfect 17-0 season with a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII. The game was dominated by the Dolphins defense. The only points Miami allowed in the game came on kicker Garo Yepremian's attempted pass that was ruled a fumble and returned for a touchdown by Washington's Mike Bass.
In a game dominated by defense, the voters selected a defensive player as MVP in Miami safety Jake Scott. Scott intercepted two passes, including one in the fourth quarter that helped keep Billy Kilmer and the Redskins offense from scoring.
But while Scott had a good game, it was Miami nose tackle Manny Fernandez who deserved the MVP award. Fernandez didn't just play well, but he also had one of the most dominant games a defensive tackle ever played in NFL history.
Fernandez was credited with 17 tackles and one sack in the game. His quickness was too much to handle for Washington center Len Hauss, and Fernandez made play after play to stymie the Redskins' attack.
Nick Buoniconti, the middle linebacker of the Dolphins' "No Name Defense", also thought Fernandez deserved at least a share of the MVP award. He was quoted in "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book: A Complete Reference to the Stats, Stars and Stories Behind Football’s Biggest Game" by Bob McGinn. Buoniconti said, "They were intent on blocking me with two men [assuming] they could handle Manny one-on-one. Manny was very quick and he’d get into their backfield before they could react and tackle Brown. He beat Hauss like a drum."