Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award

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Super Bowl MVP Award
Super Bowl MVP.png
The Pete Rozelle Trophy
Awarded for Most valuable player of the Super Bowl
Presented by SPORT (1967–1989)
National Football League (1990–present)
History
First award1967
Most wins Tom Brady
(5 awards)
Most recent Cooper Kupp
(1st award)

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]

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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 LVI held on February 13, 2022, is Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

Tom Brady is the only player to have won five Super Bowl MVP awards (four with the New England Patriots and one with the Buccaneers); Joe Montana won three and three other players—Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Eli Manning—have won the award twice. [8] 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. [9] Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only time co-MVPs have been chosen. [10] [11] 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 31 times in 56 games (and 57 awards). [12]

Winners

Bart Starr was the MVP of Super Bowls I and II while quarterback for the Green Bay Packers Bart starr bw.jpg
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 Joe Montana ESPN cropped2.jpg
Joe Montana won three Super Bowl MVP awards as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice, the MVP of Super Bowl XXIII, played wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice.jpg
Jerry Rice, the MVP of Super Bowl XXIII, played wide receiver 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 Desmond Howard.jpg
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, a quarterback, has the most MVP awards with five, winning in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI while playing for the New England Patriots and Super Bowl LV playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL 2020 - Playoffs - Washington vs. Buccaneers 223 (50833097576).jpg
Tom Brady, a quarterback, has the most MVP awards with five, winning in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI while playing for the New England Patriots and Super Bowl LV playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Von Miller, MVP of Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos, is the most recent defensive player - a linebacker - to win the award Von Miller (29315783687).jpg
Von Miller, MVP of Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos, is the most recent defensive player – a linebacker  – to win the award
Patrick Mahomes, a quarterback, won his MVP award in Super Bowl LIV while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes II.JPG
Patrick Mahomes, a quarterback, won his MVP award in Super Bowl LIV while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs
Key for the below tables
SymbolDescription
YearEach year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season
Winner(#)Denotes number of times the player has won the award
Dagger-14-plain.pngPlayer still active in NFL
*Player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame [13]
Player is not yet eligible for Pro Football Hall of Fame
Team(#)Denotes number of times the team has won the award
Position(#)Denotes number of times the position has won the award
Super Bowl Most Valuable Players
Year [lower-alpha 1] Super BowlWinnerTeamPositionRef.
1967 I Bart Starr * Green Bay Packers Quarterback [15]
1968 II Bart Starr (2)* Green Bay Packers (2) Quarterback (2) [16]
1969 III Joe Namath * New York Jets Quarterback (3) [17]
1970 IV Len Dawson * Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback (4) [18]
1971 V Chuck Howley Dallas Cowboys Linebacker [9]
1972 VI Roger Staubach * Dallas Cowboys (2) Quarterback (5) [19]
1973 VII Jake Scott Miami Dolphins Safety [20]
1974 VIII Larry Csonka * Miami Dolphins (2) Running back [21]
1975 IX Franco Harris * Pittsburgh Steelers Running back (2) [22]
1976 X Lynn Swann * Pittsburgh Steelers (2) Wide receiver [23]
1977 XI Fred Biletnikoff * Oakland Raiders Wide receiver (2) [24]
1978 XII Harvey Martin [lower-alpha 2] Dallas Cowboys (3, 4) Defensive end [10] [11]
Randy White [lower-alpha 2] * Defensive tackle
1979 XIII Terry Bradshaw * Pittsburgh Steelers (3) Quarterback (6) [25]
1980 XIV Terry Bradshaw (2)* Pittsburgh Steelers (4) Quarterback (7) [26]
1981 XV Jim Plunkett Oakland Raiders (2) Quarterback (8) [27]
1982 XVI Joe Montana * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback (9) [28]
1983 XVII John Riggins * Washington Redskins Running back (3) [29]
1984 XVIII Marcus Allen * Los Angeles Raiders (3) Running back (4) [30]
1985 XIX Joe Montana (2)* San Francisco 49ers (2) Quarterback (10) [31]
1986 XX Richard Dent * Chicago Bears Defensive end (2) [32]
1987 XXI Phil Simms New York Giants Quarterback (11) [33]
1988 XXII Doug Williams Washington Redskins (2) Quarterback (12) [34]
1989 XXIII Jerry Rice * San Francisco 49ers (3) Wide receiver (3) [35]
1990 XXIV Joe Montana (3)* San Francisco 49ers (4) Quarterback (13) [36]
1991 XXV Ottis Anderson New York Giants (2) Running back (5) [7]
1992 XXVI Mark Rypien Washington Redskins (3) Quarterback (14) [37]
1993 XXVII Troy Aikman * Dallas Cowboys (5) Quarterback (15) [38]
1994 XXVIII Emmitt Smith * Dallas Cowboys (6) Running back (6) [39]
1995 XXIX Steve Young * San Francisco 49ers (5) Quarterback (16) [40]
1996 XXX Larry Brown Dallas Cowboys (7) Cornerback [41]
1997 XXXI Desmond Howard Green Bay Packers (3) Kick returner/
punt returner
[42]
1998 XXXII Terrell Davis * Denver Broncos Running back (7) [43]
1999 XXXIII John Elway * Denver Broncos (2) Quarterback (17) [44]
2000 XXXIV Kurt Warner * St. Louis Rams Quarterback (18) [45]
2001 XXXV Ray Lewis * Baltimore Ravens Linebacker (2) [46]
2002 XXXVI Tom Brady Dagger-14-plain.png New England Patriots Quarterback (19) [47]
2003 XXXVII Dexter Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety (2) [48]
2004 XXXVIII Tom Brady (2)Dagger-14-plain.png New England Patriots (2) Quarterback (20) [49]
2005 XXXIX Deion Branch New England Patriots (3) Wide receiver (4) [50]
2006 XL Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers (5) Wide receiver (5) [51]
2007 XLI Peyton Manning * Indianapolis Colts Quarterback (21) [52]
2008 XLII Eli Manning Double-dagger-14-plain.png New York Giants (3) Quarterback (22) [53]
2009 XLIII Santonio Holmes Pittsburgh Steelers (6) Wide receiver (6) [54]
2010 XLIV Drew Brees Double-dagger-14-plain.png New Orleans Saints Quarterback (23) [55]
2011 XLV Aaron Rodgers Dagger-14-plain.png Green Bay Packers (4) Quarterback (24) [56]
2012 XLVI Eli Manning (2)Double-dagger-14-plain.png New York Giants (4) Quarterback (25) [57]
2013 XLVII Joe Flacco Dagger-14-plain.png Baltimore Ravens (2) Quarterback (26) [58]
2014 XLVIII Malcolm Smith Dagger-14-plain.png Seattle Seahawks Linebacker (3) [59]
2015 XLIX Tom Brady (3)Dagger-14-plain.png New England Patriots (4) Quarterback (27) [60]
2016 50 Von Miller Dagger-14-plain.png Denver Broncos (3) Linebacker (4) [61]
2017 LI Tom Brady (4)Dagger-14-plain.png New England Patriots (5) Quarterback (28) [62]
2018 LII Nick Foles Dagger-14-plain.png Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback (29) [63]
2019 LIII Julian Edelman Double-dagger-14-plain.png New England Patriots (6) Wide receiver (7) [64]
2020 LIV Patrick Mahomes Dagger-14-plain.png Kansas City Chiefs (2) Quarterback (30) [65]
2021 LV Tom Brady (5)Dagger-14-plain.png Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2) Quarterback (31) [66]
2022 LVI Cooper Kupp Dagger-14-plain.png Los Angeles Rams (2) Wide receiver (8) [67]

By team

Emmitt Smith won the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award while playing for the Dallas Cowboys as their running back EmmittSmith2007 (crop).jpg
Emmitt Smith won the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award while playing for the Dallas Cowboys as their running back
Super Bowl MVPs by team
TeamTotalSuper Bowl(s)
Dallas Cowboys 7 [lower-alpha 3] V, [lower-alpha 4] VI, XII, [lower-alpha 2] XXVII, XXVIII, XXX
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 IX, X, XIII, XIV, XL, XLIII
New England Patriots 6 XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII
San Francisco 49ers 5 XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX
Green Bay Packers 4 I, II, XXXI, XLV
New York Giants 4 XXI, XXV, XLII, XLVI
Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 3 XI, XV, XVIII
Washington Redskins 3 XVII, XXII, XXVI
Denver Broncos 3 XXXII, XXXIII, 50
Miami Dolphins 2 VII, VIII
Baltimore Ravens 2 XXXV, XLVII
Kansas City Chiefs 2 IV , LIV
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 XXXVII, LV
St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams 2 XXXIV, LVI
New York Jets 1 III
Chicago Bears 1 XX
Indianapolis Colts 1 [lower-alpha 4] XLI
New Orleans Saints 1 XLIV
Seattle Seahawks 1 XLVIII
Philadelphia Eagles 1 LII

By position

Terry Bradshaw was the MVP of Super Bowls XIII and XIV while quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers 1983 Steelers Police - 04 Terry Bradshaw (crop).jpg
Terry Bradshaw was the MVP of Super Bowls XIII and XIV while quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl MVPs by position [68]
PositionTotal
Quarterback 31
Wide receiver 8
Running back 7
Linebacker 4
Defensive end 2
Safety 2
Cornerback 1
Defensive tackle 1
Kick returner/punt returner 1

Multiple winners

Quarterback Eli Manning was the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI while playing for the New York Giants Eli Manning Giants QB.jpg
Quarterback Eli Manning was the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI while playing for the New York Giants
PlayerPositionTeamWinsSuper Bowls
Tom Brady Dagger-14-plain.png Quarterback New England Patriots (4) / Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1)5 XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI, LV
Joe Montana * Quarterback San Francisco 49ers 3 XVI, XIX, XXIV
Bart Starr * Quarterback Green Bay Packers 2 I, II
Terry Bradshaw * Quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers 2 XIII, XIV
Eli Manning Double-dagger-14-plain.png Quarterback New York Giants 2 XLII, XLVI

See also

Notes

  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. [14]
  2. 1 2 3 Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only Super Bowl with co-MVPs. [10] [11]
  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. [9]
  4. 1 2 The Colts won Super Bowl V but the MVP was awarded to Chuck Howley of the Cowboys. [9]

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