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Santonio Holmes is the forgotten man of the NFL. It's not often that a former Super Bowl MVP is left by the wayside at the more than acceptable footballing age of 30, but Santonio Holmes has managed to achieve that.

During Super Bowl XLIII, Holmes became a legend at the Pittsburgh Steelers, with a fourth quarter catch against the Arizona Cardinals helping the Steelers secure their league record sixth Lombardi Trophy.

Consistency is an issue for Holmes

Holmes hasn't been consistent enough over the course of his career. Only in his last season as a Steelers player in 2009 did the wideout actually go over 1,000 yards receiving in a year.

He's well known for going missing in games during the season when nothing is on the line. But therein lies an opportunity for a brave NFL team to take advantage of.

Just because he isn't consistent doesn't mean he wouldn't be a great free agent pick-up for one team. His biggest asset is the fact that in big games he delivers. That's why he could provide the key for an NFL team this season.

He will be a cheaper option now having been released by the New York Jets, which means he could become the bargain of the 2014 NFL season.

New York Jets and wide receiver Santonio Holmes part ways
Eric Decker on the move to the New York Jets

Holmes was once the premier NFL wideout

It might be long gone in the memory now, but Holmes was indeed the star of the show during Super Bowl XLIII.

It was the end of the 2008 NFL season and the Steelers were facing the Cardinals aiming for their sixth Super Bowl title.

Hoping to become the most successful team in the Super Bowl era, the Steelers started strongly before the Cards pulled it back and led late in the fourth quarter.

This is the moment that Holmes decided to step up and show his qualities to the millions watching around the globe.

At that moment in the game, Holmes had only been solid with five catches for 58 yards.

But it was on the final game-winning drive that he made himself into a hero. Catching four balls for 73 yards on the drive, the wideout tore up the Cardinals.

The awesome drive was capped off by an incredible 6-yard TD reception that stunned the world with 35 seconds left in the contest. Holmes managed to grab an impossible to grab pass and keep both feet in bounds for the amazing reception.

Take a look at his awesome Super Bowl winning catch 

Just to add some visuals to the description, see below for a video of the awesome TD catch that earned Holmes the Super Bowl XLVIII MVP award.

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