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Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award

An illustration of a silver football-shaped trophy with the phrases "SUPER BOWL" and "MOST VALUABLE PLAYER" in the middle.
The Pete Rozelle Trophy

The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, or Super Bowl MVP, is presented annually to the most valuable player of the Super Bowl, the National Football League's (NFL) championship game. The winner is chosen by a panel of 16 football writers and broadcasters and, since Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, fans voting electronically. The media panel's ballots count for 80 percent of the vote tally, while the viewers' ballots make up the other 20 percent.[1][2] The game's viewing audience can vote on the Internet or by using cellular phones;[1] Media voters are asked to vote with about five minutes remaining in the game, but are allowed to change their mind when the game ends. They can nominate one player from each team, with instructions to count their vote for the player on the winning team.[3] Voters cannot select an entire unit.[4]

The Super Bowl MVP has been awarded annually since the game's inception in 1967. Through 1989, the award was presented by SPORT magazine.[5] Bart Starr was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Since 1990, the award has been presented by the NFL.[5] At Super Bowl XXV, the league first awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy, named after former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, to the Super Bowl MVP.[6] Ottis Anderson was the first to win the trophy.[7] The most recent Super Bowl MVP, from Super Bowl LIII held on February 3, 2019, is New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who had 10 receptions for 141 yards.[8]

Tom Brady is the only player to have won four Super Bowl MVP awards; Joe Montana has won three and three others—Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Eli Manning—have won the award twice.[9] Starr and Bradshaw are the only ones to have won it in back-to-back years. The MVP has come from the winning team every year except 1971, when Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley won the award despite the Cowboys' loss in Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts.[10] Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only time co-MVPs have been chosen.[11][12] Including the Super Bowl XII co-MVPs, seven Cowboys players have won Super Bowl MVP awards, the most of any NFL team. Quarterbacks have earned the honor 29 times in 53 games (and 54 awards).[13]

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WinnersEdit

 
Bart Starr was the MVP of Super Bowls I and II while quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
 
Joe Montana won three Super Bowl MVP awards as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers
 
Desmond Howard, MVP of Super Bowl XXXI with the Green Bay Packers, is the only special teams player – a kick/punt returner – to win the award
 
Tom Brady has the most MVP awards, winning them in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI while quarterback for the New England Patriots
 
Von Miller, MVP of Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos, is the most recent defensive player – a linebacker – to win the award
 
Julian Edelman, a wide receiver, is the most recent winner as MVP of Super Bowl LIII while playing for the New England Patriots
Key for the below tables
Symbol Description
Year Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season
Winner (#) Denotes number of times the player has won the award
  Player still active in NFL
* Player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame[14]
Player is not yet eligible for Pro Football Hall of Fame
+ Player on team that lost the Super Bowl
Team (#) Denotes number of times the team has won the award
NFLn/NFCN team Team in the National Football League (NFL)n or National Football Conference (NFC)N
AFLa/AFCA team Team in the American Football League (AFL)a or American Football Conference (AFC)A
Position (#) Denotes number of times the position has won the award
O Position is part of the offense
D Position is part of the defense
S Position is part of special teams
Super Bowl Most Valuable Players
Year[a] Super Bowl Winner Team Position Ref.
1967 I Bart Starr* Green Bay Packersn QuarterbackO [16]
1968 II Bart Starr (2)* Green Bay Packers (2)n Quarterback (2)O [17]
1969 III Joe Namath* New York Jetsa Quarterback (3)O [18]
1970 IV Len Dawson* Kansas City Chiefsa Quarterback (4)O [19]
1971 V Chuck Howley+ Dallas CowboysN LinebackerD [10]
1972 VI Roger Staubach* Dallas Cowboys (2)N Quarterback (5)O [20]
1973 VII Jake Scott Miami DolphinsA SafetyD [21]
1974 VIII Larry Csonka* Miami Dolphins (2)A Running backO [22]
1975 IX Franco Harris* Pittsburgh SteelersA Running back (2)O [23]
1976 X Lynn Swann* Pittsburgh Steelers (2)A Wide receiverO [24]
1977 XI Fred Biletnikoff* Oakland RaidersA Wide receiver (2)O [25]
1978 XII Harvey Martin[b] Dallas Cowboys (3, 4)N Defensive endD [11][12]
Randy White[b]* Defensive tackleD
1979 XIII Terry Bradshaw* Pittsburgh Steelers (3)A Quarterback (6)O [26]
1980 XIV Terry Bradshaw (2)* Pittsburgh Steelers (4)A Quarterback (7)O [27]
1981 XV Jim Plunkett Oakland Raiders (2)A Quarterback (8)O [28]
1982 XVI Joe Montana* San Francisco 49ersN Quarterback (9)O [29]
1983 XVII John Riggins* Washington RedskinsN Running back (3)O [30]
1984 XVIII Marcus Allen* Los Angeles Raiders (3)A Running back (4)O [31]
1985 XIX Joe Montana (2)* San Francisco 49ers (2)N Quarterback (10)O [32]
1986 XX Richard Dent* Chicago BearsN Defensive end (2)D [33]
1987 XXI Phil Simms New York GiantsN Quarterback (11)O [34]
1988 XXII Doug Williams Washington Redskins (2)N Quarterback (12)O [35]
1989 XXIII Jerry Rice* San Francisco 49ers (3)N Wide receiver (3)O [36]
1990 XXIV Joe Montana (3)* San Francisco 49ers (4)N Quarterback (13)O [37]
1991 XXV Ottis Anderson New York Giants (2)N Running back (5)O [7]
1992 XXVI Mark Rypien Washington Redskins (3)N Quarterback (14)O [38]
1993 XXVII Troy Aikman* Dallas Cowboys (5)N Quarterback (15)O [39]
1994 XXVIII Emmitt Smith* Dallas Cowboys (6)N Running back (6)O [40]
1995 XXIX Steve Young* San Francisco 49ers (5)N Quarterback (16)O [41]
1996 XXX Larry Brown Dallas Cowboys (7)N CornerbackD [42]
1997 XXXI Desmond Howard Green Bay Packers (3)N Kick returnerS/
punt returnerS
[43]
1998 XXXII Terrell Davis* Denver BroncosA Running back (7)O [44]
1999 XXXIII John Elway* Denver Broncos (2)A Quarterback (17)O [45]
2000 XXXIV Kurt Warner* St. Louis RamsN Quarterback (18)O [46]
2001 XXXV Ray Lewis* Baltimore RavensA Linebacker (2)D [47]
2002 XXXVI Tom Brady  New England PatriotsA Quarterback (19)O [48]
2003 XXXVII Dexter Jackson Tampa Bay BuccaneersN Safety (2)D [49]
2004 XXXVIII Tom Brady (2)  New England Patriots (2)A Quarterback (20)O [50]
2005 XXXIX Deion Branch New England Patriots (3)A Wide receiver (4)O [51]
2006 XL Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers (5)A Wide receiver (5)O [52]
2007 XLI Peyton Manning Indianapolis ColtsA Quarterback (21)O [53]
2008 XLII Eli Manning  New York Giants (3)N Quarterback (22)O [54]
2009 XLIII Santonio Holmes Pittsburgh Steelers (6)A Wide receiver (6)O [55]
2010 XLIV Drew Brees  New Orleans SaintsN Quarterback (23)O [56]
2011 XLV Aaron Rodgers  Green Bay Packers (4)N Quarterback (24)O [57]
2012 XLVI Eli Manning (2)  New York Giants (4)N Quarterback (25)O [58]
2013 XLVII Joe Flacco  Baltimore Ravens (2)A Quarterback (26)O [59]
2014 XLVIII Malcolm Smith  Seattle SeahawksN Linebacker (3)D [60]
2015 XLIX Tom Brady (3)  New England Patriots (4)A Quarterback (27)O [61]
2016 50 Von Miller  Denver Broncos (3)A Linebacker (4)D [62]
2017 LI Tom Brady (4)  New England Patriots (5)A Quarterback (28)O [63]
2018 LII Nick Foles  Philadelphia EaglesN Quarterback (29)O [64]
2019 LIII Julian Edelman  New England Patriots (6)A Wide receiver (7)O [8]

By teamEdit

 
Emmitt Smith won the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award while playing for the Dallas Cowboys as their running back
Super Bowl MVPs by team
Team Total Super Bowl(s)
Dallas CowboysN 7[c] V,+ VI, XII,[b] XXVII, XXVIII, XXX
Pittsburgh SteelersA 6 IX, X, XIII, XIV, XL, XLIII
New England PatriotsA 6 XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII
San Francisco 49ersN 5 XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX
Green Bay PackersnN 4 I, II, XXXI, XLV
New York GiantsN 4 XXI, XXV, XLII, XLVI
Los Angeles/Oakland RaidersA 3 XI, XV, XVIII
Washington RedskinsN 3 XVII, XXII, XXVI
Denver BroncosA 3 XXXII, XXXIII, 50
Miami DolphinsA 2 VII, VIII
Baltimore RavensA 2 XXXV, XLVII
Baltimore/Indianapolis ColtsA 1[d] XLI
New York Jetsa 1 III
Kansas City Chiefsa 1 IV
Chicago BearsN 1 XX
Tampa Bay BuccaneersN 1 XXXVII
St. Louis/Los Angeles RamsN 1 XXXIV
New Orleans SaintsN 1 XLIV
Seattle SeahawksN 1 XLVIII
Philadelphia EaglesN 1 LII

By positionEdit

Super Bowl MVPs by position
Position Total
QuarterbackO 29
Running backO 7
Wide receiverO 7
LinebackerD 4
Defensive endD 2
SafetyD 2
CornerbackD 1
Defensive tackleD 1
Kick returnerS/punt returnerS 1

Multiple winnersEdit

 
Quarterback Eli Manning was the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI while playing for the New York Giants
Player Position Team Wins Super Bowls
Tom Brady  QuarterbackO New England PatriotsA 4 XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI
Joe Montana* QuarterbackO San Francisco 49ersN 3 XVI, XIX, XXIV
Bart Starr* QuarterbackO Green Bay Packersn 2 I, II
Terry Bradshaw* QuarterbackO Pittsburgh SteelersA 2 XIII, XIV
Eli Manning  QuarterbackO New York GiantsN 2 XLII, XLVI

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Years listed are the year the Super Bowl was actually played. The game, played in January or February, ends the previous year's NFL season. For example, Super Bowl XLIX, held on February 1, 2015, ended the 2014 season.[15]
  2. ^ a b c Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only Super Bowl with co-MVPs.[11][12]
  3. ^ The Cowboys' total includes the co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII as two different recipients. There were six Super Bowls where the Cowboys received MVP awards, including Super Bowl V, a game they lost to the Baltimore Colts.[10]
  4. ^ The Colts won Super Bowl V but the MVP was awarded to Chuck Howley of the Cowboys.[10]

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