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. The game's viewing audience can vote on the Internet or by using cellular phones; 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. Voters cannot select an entire unit.
In sports, a most valuable player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best-performing player in an entire league, for a particular competition, or on a specific team. Initially used in professional sports, the term is now also commonly used in amateur sports, as well as in other completely unrelated fields such as business and music. In many sports, MVP awards are presented for a specific match—in other words, a player of the match award.
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) where the champion of the National Football Conference (NFC) competes against the champion of the American Football Conference (AFC). The game is the culmination of a regular season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Normally, Roman numerals are used to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season. The sole exception to this naming convention tradition occurred with Super Bowl 50, which was played on February 7, 2016, following the 2015 regular season, and the following year, the nomenclature returned to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI, following the 2016 regular season. The upcoming Super Bowl is Super Bowl LIV, scheduled for February 2, 2020, following the 2019 regular season.
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.
The Super Bowl MVP has been awarded annually since the game's inception in 1967. Through 1989, the award was presented by SPORT magazine.Bart Starr was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Since 1990, the award has been presented by the NFL. At Super Bowl XXV, the league first awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy, named after former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, to the Super Bowl MVP. Ottis Anderson was the first to win the trophy. 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.
Bryan Bartlett Starr was a professional American football quarterback and coach. Starr played college football at the University of Alabama, and was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 17th round of the 1956 NFL draft, where he played for them until 1971. Starr was the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to three consecutive league championships (1965–1967). Starr led his team to victories in the first two Super Bowls: I and II. As the Packers' head coach, he was less successful, compiling a 52–76–3 (.408) record from 1975 through 1983.
Super Bowl XXV was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1990 season. The Giants defeated the Bills by the score of 20–19, winning their second Super Bowl.
Alvin Ray "Pete" Rozelle was an American businessman and executive. Rozelle served as the commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) for nearly thirty years, from January 1960 until his retirement in November 1989. He is credited with making the NFL into one of the most successful sports leagues in the world.
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.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. Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only time co-MVPs have been chosen. 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).
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Brady has played in nine Super Bowls, in which he won six of them, the most of any football player ever. Due to his numerous accomplishments, records, and accolades, he is considered by many sports analysts to be the greatest quarterback of all time.
Joseph Clifford Montana Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. After winning a national championship at Notre Dame, Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco, where he played for the next 14 seasons. While a member of the 49ers, Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times. He also holds Super Bowl career records for most passes without an interception and the all-time highest passer rating of 127.8. In 1993, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs where he played his final two seasons, and led the franchise to its first AFC Championship Game in January 1994. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility.
Terry Paxton Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). Since 1994, he has been a TV sports analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday. Bradshaw is also an actor, having participated in many television shows and films, most notably starring in the movie Failure to Launch. He played for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period, becoming the first quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls, and led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. Bradshaw was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
|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|
|‡||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 in the National Football League (NFL)n or National Football Conference (NFC)N|
|AFLa/AFCA||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|
|1967||I||Bart Starr *||Green Bay Packers n||Quarterback O|
|1968||II||Bart Starr (2)*||Green Bay Packers (2)n||Quarterback (2)O|
|1969||III||Joe Namath *||New York Jets a||Quarterback (3)O|
|1970||IV||Len Dawson *||Kansas City Chiefs a||Quarterback (4)O|
|1971||V||Chuck Howley +||Dallas Cowboys N||Linebacker D|
|1972||VI||Roger Staubach *||Dallas Cowboys (2)N||Quarterback (5)O|
|1973||VII||Jake Scott||Miami Dolphins A||Safety D|
|1974||VIII||Larry Csonka *||Miami Dolphins (2)A||Running back O|
|1975||IX||Franco Harris *||Pittsburgh Steelers A||Running back (2)O|
|1976||X||Lynn Swann *||Pittsburgh Steelers (2)A||Wide receiver O|
|1977||XI||Fred Biletnikoff *||Oakland Raiders A||Wide receiver (2)O|
|1978||XII||Harvey Martin||Dallas Cowboys (3, 4)N||Defensive end D|| |
|Randy White *||Defensive tackle D|
|1979||XIII||Terry Bradshaw *||Pittsburgh Steelers (3)A||Quarterback (6)O|
|1980||XIV||Terry Bradshaw (2)*||Pittsburgh Steelers (4)A||Quarterback (7)O|
|1981||XV||Jim Plunkett||Oakland Raiders (2)A||Quarterback (8)O|
|1982||XVI||Joe Montana *||San Francisco 49ers N||Quarterback (9)O|
|1983||XVII||John Riggins *||Washington Redskins N||Running back (3)O|
|1984||XVIII||Marcus Allen *||Los Angeles Raiders (3)A||Running back (4)O|
|1985||XIX||Joe Montana (2)*||San Francisco 49ers (2)N||Quarterback (10)O|
|1986||XX||Richard Dent *||Chicago Bears N||Defensive end (2)D|
|1987||XXI||Phil Simms||New York Giants N||Quarterback (11)O|
|1988||XXII||Doug Williams||Washington Redskins (2)N||Quarterback (12)O|
|1989||XXIII||Jerry Rice *||San Francisco 49ers (3)N||Wide receiver (3)O|
|1990||XXIV||Joe Montana (3)*||San Francisco 49ers (4)N||Quarterback (13)O|
|1991||XXV||Ottis Anderson||New York Giants (2)N||Running back (5)O|
|1992||XXVI||Mark Rypien||Washington Redskins (3)N||Quarterback (14)O|
|1993||XXVII||Troy Aikman *||Dallas Cowboys (5)N||Quarterback (15)O|
|1994||XXVIII||Emmitt Smith *||Dallas Cowboys (6)N||Running back (6)O|
|1995||XXIX||Steve Young *||San Francisco 49ers (5)N||Quarterback (16)O|
|1996||XXX||Larry Brown||Dallas Cowboys (7)N||Cornerback D|
|1997||XXXI||Desmond Howard||Green Bay Packers (3)N|| Kick returner S/|
punt returner S
|1998||XXXII||Terrell Davis *||Denver Broncos A||Running back (7)O|
|1999||XXXIII||John Elway *||Denver Broncos (2)A||Quarterback (17)O|
|2000||XXXIV||Kurt Warner *||St. Louis Rams N||Quarterback (18)O|
|2001||XXXV||Ray Lewis *||Baltimore Ravens A||Linebacker (2)D|
|2002||XXXVI|| Tom Brady ||New England Patriots A||Quarterback (19)O|
|2003||XXXVII||Dexter Jackson||Tampa Bay Buccaneers N||Safety (2)D|
|2004||XXXVIII|| Tom Brady (2)||New England Patriots (2)A||Quarterback (20)O|
|2005||XXXIX||Deion Branch||New England Patriots (3)A||Wide receiver (4)O|
|2006||XL||Hines Ward||Pittsburgh Steelers (5)A||Wide receiver (5)O|
|2007||XLI||Peyton Manning ‡||Indianapolis Colts A||Quarterback (21)O|
|2008||XLII|| Eli Manning ||New York Giants (3)N||Quarterback (22)O|
|2009||XLIII||Santonio Holmes ‡||Pittsburgh Steelers (6)A||Wide receiver (6)O|
|2010||XLIV|| Drew Brees ||New Orleans Saints N||Quarterback (23)O|
|2011||XLV|| Aaron Rodgers ||Green Bay Packers (4)N||Quarterback (24)O|
|2012||XLVI|| Eli Manning (2)||New York Giants (4)N||Quarterback (25)O|
|2013||XLVII|| Joe Flacco ||Baltimore Ravens (2)A||Quarterback (26)O|
|2014||XLVIII|| Malcolm Smith ||Seattle Seahawks N||Linebacker (3)D|
|2015||XLIX|| Tom Brady (3)||New England Patriots (4)A||Quarterback (27)O|
|2016||50|| Von Miller ||Denver Broncos (3)A||Linebacker (4)D|
|2017||LI|| Tom Brady (4)||New England Patriots (5)A||Quarterback (28)O|
|2018||LII|| Nick Foles ||Philadelphia Eagles N||Quarterback (29)O|
|2019||LIII|| Julian Edelman ||New England Patriots (6)A||Wide receiver (7)O|
|Dallas Cowboys N||7|| V,+ VI, XII, |
|Pittsburgh Steelers A||6|| IX, X, XIII,|
|New England Patriots A||6|| XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX,|
|San Francisco 49ers N||5|| XVI, XIX, XXIII,|
|Green Bay Packers nN||4|| I, II, XXXI,|
|New York Giants N||4|| XXI, XXV, XLII,|
|Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders A||3||XI, XV, XVIII|
|Washington Redskins N||3||XVII, XXII, XXVI|
|Denver Broncos A||3||XXXII, XXXIII, 50|
|Miami Dolphins A||2||VII, VIII|
|Baltimore Ravens A||2||XXXV, XLVII|
|Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts A||1||XLI|
|New York Jets a||1||III|
|Kansas City Chiefs a||1||IV|
|Chicago Bears N||1||XX|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers N||1||XXXVII|
|St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams N||1||XXXIV|
|New Orleans Saints N||1||XLIV|
|Seattle Seahawks N||1||XLVIII|
|Philadelphia Eagles N||1||LII|
|Running back O||7|
|Wide receiver O||7|
|Defensive end D||2|
|Defensive tackle D||1|
|Kick returner S/punt returner S||1|
| Tom Brady ||Quarterback O||New England Patriots A||4||XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI|
|Joe Montana *||Quarterback O||San Francisco 49ers N||3||XVI, XIX, XXIV|
|Bart Starr *||Quarterback O||Green Bay Packers n||2||I, II|
|Terry Bradshaw *||Quarterback O||Pittsburgh Steelers A||2||XIII, XIV|
| Eli Manning ||Quarterback O||New York Giants N||2||XLII, XLVI|
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