Super Bowl Most Valuable Player 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]

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] 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.

Table key

Table key
dagger Player still active in NFL
* Player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame[12]
+ Player on team that lost the Super Bowl
Player (#) Denotes 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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Tom Brady, the MVP of Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI
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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 Bart Starr * Green Bay Packers Quarterback [14]
1968 II Bart Starr (2) * Green Bay Packers Quarterback [15]
1969 III Joe Namath * New York Jets Quarterback [16]
1970 IV Len Dawson * Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback [17]
1971 V Chuck Howley + Dallas Cowboys Linebacker [10]
1972 VI Roger Staubach * Dallas Cowboys Quarterback [18]
1973 VII Jake Scott Miami Dolphins Safety [19]
1974 VIII Larry Csonka * Miami Dolphins Running back [20]
1975 IX Franco Harris * Pittsburgh Steelers Running back [21]
1976 X Lynn Swann * Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver [22]
1977 XI Fred Biletnikoff * Oakland Raiders Wide receiver [23]
1978 XII Harvey Martin[b] Dallas Cowboys Defensive end [24]
Randy White[b] * Defensive tackle
1979 XIII Terry Bradshaw * Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback [25]
1980 XIV Terry Bradshaw (2) * Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback [26]
1981 XV Jim Plunkett Oakland Raiders Quarterback [27]
1982 XVI Joe Montana * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [28]
1983 XVII John Riggins * Washington Redskins Running back [29]
1984 XVIII Marcus Allen * Los Angeles Raiders Running back [30]
1985 XIX Joe Montana (2) * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [31]
1986 XX Richard Dent * Chicago Bears Defensive end [32]
1987 XXI Phil Simms New York Giants Quarterback [33]
1988 XXII Doug Williams Washington Redskins Quarterback [34]
1989 XXIII Jerry Rice * San Francisco 49ers Wide receiver [35]
1990 XXIV Joe Montana (3) * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [36]
1991 XXV Ottis Anderson New York Giants Running back [7]
1992 XXVI Mark Rypien Washington Redskins Quarterback [37]
1993 XXVII Troy Aikman * Dallas Cowboys Quarterback [38]
1994 XXVIII Emmitt Smith * Dallas Cowboys Running back [39]
1995 XXIX Steve Young * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [40]
1996 XXX Larry Brown Dallas Cowboys Cornerback [41]
1997 XXXI Desmond Howard Green Bay Packers Kick returner/
punt returner
[42]
1998 XXXII Terrell Davis * Denver Broncos Running back [43]
1999 XXXIII John Elway * Denver Broncos Quarterback [44]
2000 XXXIV Kurt Warner * St. Louis Rams Quarterback [45]
2001 XXXV Ray Lewis * Baltimore Ravens Linebacker [46]
2002 XXXVI Tom Brady dagger New England Patriots Quarterback [47]
2003 XXXVII Dexter Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety [48]
2004 XXXVIII Tom Brady (2) dagger New England Patriots Quarterback [49]
2005 XXXIX Deion Branch New England Patriots Wide receiver [50]
2006 XL Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver [51]
2007 XLI Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts Quarterback [52]
2008 XLII Eli Manning dagger New York Giants Quarterback [53]
2009 XLIII Santonio Holmes Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver [54]
2010 XLIV Drew Brees dagger New Orleans Saints Quarterback [55]
2011 XLV Aaron Rodgers dagger Green Bay Packers Quarterback [56]
2012 XLVI Eli Manning (2) dagger New York Giants Quarterback [57]
2013 XLVII Joe Flacco dagger Baltimore Ravens Quarterback [58]
2014 XLVIII Malcolm Smith dagger Seattle Seahawks Linebacker [59]
2015 XLIX Tom Brady (3) dagger New England Patriots Quarterback [60]
2016 50 Von Miller dagger Denver Broncos Linebacker [61]
2017 LI Tom Brady (4) dagger New England Patriots Quarterback [62]
2018 LII Nick Foles dagger Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback [63]
2019 LIII Julian Edelman dagger New England Patriots Wide receiver [8]

By team

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Emmitt Smith won the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award while playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

By position

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Quarterback Eli Manning was the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

Multiple winners

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