Super Bowl MVP
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Tom Brady, the MVP of Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI.

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 fan vote during the game and by a panel of 16 football writers and broadcasters who vote after the game. The media panel's ballots count for 80 percent of the vote tally, while the viewers' ballots make up the other 20 percent.[1] The game's viewing audience can vote on the Internet or by using cellular phones;[1]Super Bowl XXXV, held in 2001, was the first Super Bowl with fan voting.[2]

The Super Bowl MVP has been awarded annually since the game's inception in 1967. Through 1989, the award was presented by SPORT magazine.[3]Bart Starr was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Since 1990, the award has been presented by the NFL.[3] At Super Bowl XXV, the league first awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy, named after the former NFL commissioner, to the Super Bowl MVP.[4]Ottis Anderson was the first to win the trophy.[5] Most award winners have received cars from various sponsors.[6] The most recent Super Bowl MVP is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was named the most valuable player of Super Bowl LI, held on February 5, 2017.[7]

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. At 39 years of age, Brady is also the oldest player to win the award. 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.[8]Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only time co-MVPs have been chosen.[9] 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 28 times in 51 games. Mark Rypien and Hines Ward are the only players born outside the United States to earn the Super Bowl MVP, having been born in Canada and South Korea, respectively.[10]

Table key

Table key
# Denotes player who is still active in NFL
* Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
+ Player was on losing team of the Super Bowl
Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player has won the award.
Year Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season

Winners

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Terry Bradshaw, the MVP of Super Bowls XIII and XIV
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Joe Montana won three Super Bowl MVP awards.
Super Bowl Most Valuable Players
Year[a] Super Bowl Winner Team Position Ref.
1967 I Starr, BartBart Starr * Green Bay Packers Quarterback [12]
1968 II Starr, BartBart Starr (2) * Green Bay Packers Quarterback [13]
1969 III Namath, JoeJoe Namath * New York Jets Quarterback [14]
1970 IV Dawson, LenLen Dawson * Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback [15]
1971 V Howley, ChuckChuck Howley + Dallas Cowboys Linebacker [8]
1972 VI Staubach, RogerRoger Staubach * Dallas Cowboys Quarterback [16]
1973 VII Scott, JakeJake Scott Miami Dolphins Safety [17]
1974 VIII Csonka, LarryLarry Csonka * Miami Dolphins Running back [18]
1975 IX Harris, FrancoFranco Harris * Pittsburgh Steelers Running back [19]
1976 X Swann, LynnLynn Swann * Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver [20]
1977 XI Fred Biletnikoff * Oakland Raiders Wide receiver [21]
1978 XII Harvey Martin[b] Dallas Cowboys Defensive end [22]
Randy White[b]* Defensive tackle
1979 XIII Terry Bradshaw * Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback [23]
1980 XIV Terry Bradshaw (2) * Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback [24]
1981 XV Jim Plunkett Oakland Raiders Quarterback [25]
1982 XVI Joe Montana * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [26]
1983 XVII John Riggins * Washington Redskins Running back [27]
1984 XVIII Marcus Allen * Los Angeles Raiders Running back [28]
1985 XIX Joe Montana (2) * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [29]
1986 XX Richard Dent * Chicago Bears Defensive end [30]
1987 XXI Phil Simms New York Giants Quarterback [31]
1988 XXII Doug Williams Washington Redskins Quarterback [32]
1989 XXIII Jerry Rice * San Francisco 49ers Wide receiver [33]
1990 XXIV Joe Montana (3) * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [34]
1991 XXV Ottis Anderson New York Giants Running back [5]
1992 XXVI Mark Rypien Washington Redskins Quarterback [35]
1993 XXVII Troy Aikman * Dallas Cowboys Quarterback [36]
1994 XXVIII Emmitt Smith * Dallas Cowboys Running back [37]
1995 XXIX Steve Young * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [38]
1996 XXX Larry Brown Dallas Cowboys Cornerback [39]
1997 XXXI Desmond Howard Green Bay Packers Kick returner/
punt returner
[40]
1998 XXXII Terrell Davis * Denver Broncos Running back [41]
1999 XXXIII John Elway * Denver Broncos Quarterback [42]
2000 XXXIV Kurt Warner * St. Louis Rams Quarterback [43]
2001 XXXV Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens Linebacker [44]
2002 XXXVI Tom Brady # New England Patriots Quarterback [45]
2003 XXXVII Dexter Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety [46]
2004 XXXVIII Tom Brady (2) # New England Patriots Quarterback [47]
2005 XXXIX Deion Branch New England Patriots Wide receiver [48]
2006 XL Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver [49]
2007 XLI Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts Quarterback [50]
2008 XLII Eli Manning # New York Giants Quarterback [51]
2009 XLIII Santonio Holmes Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver [52]
2010 XLIV Drew Brees # New Orleans Saints Quarterback [53]
2011 XLV Aaron Rodgers # Green Bay Packers Quarterback [54]
2012 XLVI Eli Manning (2) # New York Giants Quarterback [55]
2013 XLVII Joe Flacco # Baltimore Ravens Quarterback [56]
2014 XLVIII Malcolm Smith # Seattle Seahawks Linebacker [57]
2015 XLIX Tom Brady (3) # New England Patriots Quarterback [58]
2016 50 Von Miller # Denver Broncos Linebacker [59]
2017 LI Tom Brady (4) # New England Patriots Quarterback [60]

By team

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Emmitt Smith won the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award while playing for the Dallas Cowboys.
Super Bowl MVPs by team
Team Total
Dallas Cowboys[c] 7
Pittsburgh Steelers 6
New England Patriots 5
San Francisco 49ers 5
Green Bay Packers 4
New York Giants 4
Denver Broncos 3
Oakland-Los Angeles Raiders 3
Washington Redskins 3
Baltimore Ravens 2
Miami Dolphins 2
Chicago Bears 1
Indianapolis Colts 1
Kansas City Chiefs 1
New Orleans Saints 1
New York Jets 1
Seattle Seahawks 1
St. Louis Rams 1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1

By position

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Quarterback Eli Manning was the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
Super Bowl MVPs by position
Position Total
Quarterback 28
Running back 7
Wide receiver 6
Linebacker 4
Defensive end 2
Safety 2
Cornerback 1
Defensive tackle 1
Kick returner/punt returner 1

Multiple winners

Player Position Wins Super Bowls
Brady, TomTom Brady Quarterback 4 XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI
Montana, JoeJoe Montana Quarterback 3 XVI, XIX, XXIV
Bradshaw, TerryTerry Bradshaw Quarterback 2 XIII, XIV
Manning, EliEli Manning Quarterback 2 XLII, XLVI
Starr, BartBart Starr Quarterback 2 I, II

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.[11]
  2. ^ a b Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only Super Bowl with co-MVPs.[22]
  3. ^ The Cowboys' total includes the co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII as two different recipients

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