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Peyton Manning, five-time AP NFL MVP

The National Football League Most Valuable Player Award (NFL MVP) is an award given by various entities to the American football player who is considered the most valuable in the National Football League (NFL). Organizations which currently give an NFL MVP award or have in the past include the Associated Press (AP), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and United Press International (UPI). The first award described as a most valuable player award was the Joe F. Carr Trophy, awarded by the NFL from 1938 to 1946. Today, the AP award is considered the de facto official NFL MVP award.[1] Since the 2011 season, the NFL has held the annual NFL Honors ceremony to recognize the winner of the Associated Press MVP award.[2]

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Associated Press NFL MVP awardEdit

The AP has presented an MVP award since 1957.[3][4] The award is voted upon by a panel of 50 sportswriters at the end of the regular season, before the playoffs, though the results are not announced to the public until the day before the Super Bowl.

Season Player Team Position
1957 Brown, JimJim Brown Cleveland Browns Running back
1958 Brown, JimJim Brown (2) Cleveland Browns Running back
1959 Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1960 Van Brocklin, NormNorm Van Brocklin Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback
1961 Hornung, PaulPaul Hornung Green Bay Packers Running back
1962 Taylor, JimJim Taylor Green Bay Packers Running back
1963 Tittle, Y. A.Y. A. Tittle New York Giants Quarterback
1964 Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas (2) Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1965 Brown, JimJim Brown (3) Cleveland Browns Running back
1966 Starr, BartBart Starr Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1967 Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas (3) Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1968 Morrall, EarlEarl Morrall Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1969 Gabriel, RomanRoman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams Quarterback
1970 Brodie, JohnJohn Brodie San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1971 Page, AlanAlan Page Minnesota Vikings Defensive tackle
1972 Brown, LarryLarry Brown Washington Redskins Running back
1973 Simpson, O.J.O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills Running back
1974 Stabler, KenKen Stabler Oakland Raiders Quarterback
1975 Tarkenton, FranFran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
1976 Jones, BertBert Jones Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1977 Payton, WalterWalter Payton Chicago Bears Running back
1978 Bradshaw, TerryTerry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback
1979 Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell Houston Oilers Running back
1980 Sipe, BrianBrian Sipe Cleveland Browns Quarterback
1981 Anderson, KenKen Anderson Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback
1982 Moseley, MarkMark Moseley Washington Redskins Placekicker
1983 Theismann, JoeJoe Theismann Washington Redskins Quarterback
1984 Marino, DanDan Marino Miami Dolphins Quarterback
1985 Allen, MarcusMarcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders Running back
1986 Taylor, LawrenceLawrence Taylor New York Giants Linebacker
1987 Elway, JohnJohn Elway Denver Broncos Quarterback
1988 Esiason, BoomerBoomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback
1989 Montana, JoeJoe Montana San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1990 Montana, JoeJoe Montana (2) San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1991 Thomas, ThurmanThurman Thomas Buffalo Bills Running back
1992 Young, SteveSteve Young San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1993 Smith, EmmittEmmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys Running back
1994 Young, SteveSteve Young (2) San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1995 Favre, BrettBrett Favre Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1996 Favre, BrettBrett Favre (2) Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1997 Favre, BrettBrett Favre (3)
Sanders, BarryBarry Sanders
Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions
Quarterback
Running back
1998 Davis, TerrellTerrell Davis Denver Broncos Running back
1999 Warner, KurtKurt Warner St. Louis Rams Quarterback
2000 Faulk, MarshallMarshall Faulk St. Louis Rams Running back
2001 Warner, KurtKurt Warner (2) St. Louis Rams Quarterback
2002 Gannon, RichRich Gannon Oakland Raiders Quarterback
2003 Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning
McNair, SteveSteve McNair
Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans
Quarterback
Quarterback
2004 Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning (2) Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2005 Alexander, ShaunShaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks Running back
2006 Tomlinson, LaDainianLaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers Running back
2007 Brady, TomTom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback
2008 Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning (3) Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2009 Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning (4) Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2010 Brady, TomTom Brady (2) New England Patriots Quarterback
2011 Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Quarterback
2012 Peterson, AdrianAdrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Running back
2013 Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning (5) Denver Broncos Quarterback
2014 Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers (2) Green Bay Packers Quarterback
2015 Newton, CamCam Newton Carolina Panthers Quarterback
2016 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons Quarterback

Pro Football Writers Association NFL MVP awardEdit

Pro Football Writers of America began naming their most valuable player in 1975 and continue to do so as of the 2016 season.[1][5]

Season Player Team Position Ref
1975 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
1976 Bert Jones Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1977 Walter Payton Chicago Bears Running back
1978 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Running back
1979 Earl Campbell (2) Houston Oilers Running back
1980 Brian Sipe Cleveland Browns Quarterback
1981 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback
1982 Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers Quarterback
1983 Joe Theismann Washington Redskins Quarterback
1984 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Quarterback
1985 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders Running back
1986 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants Linebacker
1987 Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers Wide receiver [6]
1988 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback [7]
1989 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1990 Randall Cunningham Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback
1991 Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills Running back
1992 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1993 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys Running back
1994 Steve Young (2) San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [8]
1995 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1996 Brett Favre (2) Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1997 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions Running back
1998 Terrell Davis Denver Broncos Running back
1999 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams Quarterback
2000 Marshall Faulk St. Louis Rams Running back
2001 Marshall Faulk (2) St. Louis Rams Running back
2002 Rich Gannon Oakland Raiders Quarterback
2003 Jamal Lewis Baltimore Ravens Running back
2004 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2005 Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks Running back
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers Running back
2007 Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback
2008 Peyton Manning (2) Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2009 Peyton Manning (3) Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2010 Tom Brady (2) New England Patriots Quarterback
2011 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Quarterback
2012 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Running back
2013 Peyton Manning (4) Denver Broncos Quarterback [9]
2014 Aaron Rodgers (2) Green Bay Packers Quarterback [10]
2015 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Quarterback [1]
2016 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons Quarterback [11]

Defunct awardsEdit

Newspaper Enterprise Association NFL MVP awardEdit

The Newspaper Enterprise Association presented its MVP award from 1955 to 2008.[12] The winner was chosen by a poll of NFL players and received the Jim Thorpe Trophy,[13] which by 1975 was described as "one of the pros' most coveted honors."[14] Beginning in 1997, the trophy was presented by the Jim Thorpe Association, with the winner determined by a "vote of NFLPA representatives".[15]

Season Player Team Position Ref
1955 Harlon Hill Chicago Bears End [16]
1956 Frank Gifford New York Giants Running back [17]
1957 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts Quarterback [18]
1958 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns Fullback [19]
1959 Charlie Conerly New York Giants Quarterback [20]
1960 Norm Van Brocklin Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback [13]
1961 Y. A. Tittle New York Giants Quarterback [21]
1962 Jim Taylor Green Bay Packers Running back [22]
1963 Y. A. Tittle (2)
Jim Brown (2)
New York Giants
Cleveland Browns
Quarterback
Running back
[23]
1964 Lenny Moore Baltimore Colts Halfback [24]
1965 Jim Brown (3) Cleveland Browns Running back [25]
1966 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Quarterback [26]
1967 Johnny Unitas (2) Baltimore Colts Quarterback [27]
1968 Earl Morrall Baltimore Colts Quarterback [28]
1969 Roman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams Quarterback [29]
1970 John Brodie San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [30]
1971 Bob Griese Miami Dolphins Quarterback [31]
1972 Larry Brown Washington Redskins Running back
1973 O. J. Simpson Buffalo Bills Running back
1974 Ken Stabler Oakland Raiders Quarterback
1975 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings Quarterback [32]
1976 Bert Jones Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1977 Walter Payton Chicago Bears Running back
1978 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Running back [33]
1979 Earl Campbell (2) Houston Oilers Running back
1980 Earl Campbell (3) Houston Oilers Running back [34]
1981 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback
1982 Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers Quarterback
1983 Joe Theismann Washington Redskins Quarterback
1984 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Quarterback
1985 Walter Payton (2) Chicago Bears Running back
1986 Phil Simms New York Giants Quarterback
1987 Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers Wide receiver
1988 Roger Craig San Francisco 49ers Running back
1989 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1990 Warren Moon Houston Oilers Quarterback
1991 Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills Running back
1992 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys Running back
1993 Emmitt Smith (2) Dallas Cowboys Running back
1994 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
1995 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1996 Brett Favre (2) Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1997 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions Running back
1998 Randall Cunningham Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
1999 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams Quarterback
2000 Marshall Faulk St. Louis Rams Running back
2001 Kurt Warner (2) St. Louis Rams Quarterback
2002 Rich Gannon Oakland Raiders Quarterback
2003 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2004 Peyton Manning (2) Indianapolis Colts Quarterback
2005 Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks Running back
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers Running back
2007 Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback
2008 Kurt Warner (3) Arizona Cardinals Quarterback

Joe F. Carr TrophyEdit

The Joe F. Carr Trophy was the first award in the NFL to recognize a most valuable player. It was named in honor of NFL commissioner Joseph Carr and remains the only MVP award the NFL has officially sanctioned.[35]

Season Player Team Position
1938 Mel Hein New York Giants Center, linebacker
1939 Parker Hall Cleveland Rams Quarterback, halfback
1940 Ace Parker Brooklyn Dodgers Quarterback, halfback
1941 Don Hutson Green Bay Packers End
1942 Don Hutson (2) Green Bay Packers End
1943 Sid Luckman Chicago Bears Quarterback
1944 Frank Sinkwich Detroit Lions Halfback
1945 Bob Waterfield Cleveland Rams Quarterback
1946 Bill Dudley Pittsburgh Steelers Halfback

United Press International NFL MVP/POY awardEdit

United Press International gave an NFL MVP/player of the year award from 1948 through 1969, excepting 1949–50, and 1952. In 1970 UPI instituted separate awards for the NFC and AFC. In 1975 UPI added a Defensive Player of the Year Award for both the NFC and AFC.[36]

Season Player Team Position Ref
1948 Pat Harder Chicago Cardinals Fullback [37]
1949
No Award
1950
No Award
1951 Otto Graham Cleveland Browns Quarterback
1952
No Award
1953 Otto Graham (2) Cleveland Browns Quarterback [38]
1954 Joe Perry San Francisco 49ers Fullback [39]
1955 Otto Graham (3) Cleveland Browns Quarterback
1956 Frank Gifford New York Giants Halfback
1957 Y. A. Tittle San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [40]
1958 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns Fullback [41]
1959 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1960 Norm Van Brocklin Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback [42]
1961 Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers Halfback
1962 Y. A. Tittle (2) New York Giants Quarterback
1963 Jim Brown (2) Cleveland Browns Fullback
1964 Johnny Unitas (2) Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1965 Jim Brown (3) Cleveland Browns Fullback
1966 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Quarterback
1967 Johnny Unitas (3) Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1968 Earl Morrall Baltimore Colts Quarterback
1969 Roman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams Quarterback

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General
Footnotes
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