The National Football League’s Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is significant for several reasons:
- Recognition of Outstanding Performance: The Super Bowl is the most-watched sporting event in the World, and the MVP award is a way to recognize and honor an individual player who made the most significant impact on the game’s outcome on sport’s biggest stage.
- Historical Significance: Super Bowl MVPs become part of NFL history, and their names are forever associated with one of the most prestigious events in sports. Winning the award can cement a player’s legacy in the league.
- Individual Achievement in a Team Sport: American football is a team-oriented sport, but the Super Bowl MVP recognizes individual excellence within a collective effort – showcasing a player’s ability to stand out and make crucial plays which contribute to their team’s victory in “The Big Game”.
- Media & Fan Attention: The MVP award winner receives substantial media coverage and attention from fans, further boosting a player’s recognition and marketability which can be a catalyst to unlocking lucrative commercial partnerships and sponsorships.
- Career Impact: Winning a Super Bowl MVP can have a positive impact on a player’s career. It may lead to better contract negotiations, endorsements, and opportunities both within and outside the sport.
- Inspirational for Future Generations: Super Bowl MVPs often serve as role models for young athletes and inspire future generations to strive for greatness in the sport.
- Symbol of Success and Achievement: The MVP award symbolizes a player’s successful journey through the NFL season, playoffs, and ultimately reaching the pinnacle of success by winning the Super Bowl – a dream for many players but a reality for just 1 team each year. The MVP trophy represents years of hard work, commitment and sacrifice..
- Emotional and Memorable Moments: Super Bowl MVPs often deliver memorable and emotional moments, such as post-game interviews, celebrations or iconic plays which will be revisited time and time again by football fans and historians
Which Positions Win the Super Bowl MVP Trophy The Most?
Quarterbacks, Running backs and Wide receivers have won the Pete Rozelle Trophy the most times since 1697.
Joe Montana (49ers) won three, and four other players (Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Eli Manning, and Patrick Mahomes) have won the award twice as of the 2023 Season.
Betting on the Super Bowl MVP is a popular proposition bet with online sportsbooks and betting exchanges.
|Quarterback||17 MVP winners|
|Running back||7 MVP winners|
|Wide receiver||8 MVP winners|
|Linebacker||4 MVP winners|
|Safety||2 MVP winners|
|Defensive end||2 MVP winners|
|Defensive tackle||1 MVP winner|
|Cornerback||1 MVP winner|
|Kick returner/punt returner||1 MVP winner|
Super Bowl Most Valuable Players – 1967-2023
|1967||I||Bart Starr*||Green Bay Packers||Quarterback||Alabama|
|1968||II||Bart Starr (2)*||Green Bay Packers (2)||Quarterback (2)||Alabama|
|1969||III||Joe Namath*||New York Jets||Quarterback (3)||Alabama|
|1970||IV||Len Dawson*||Kansas City Chiefs||Quarterback (4)||Purdue|
|1971||V||Chuck Howley*||Dallas Cowboys||Linebacker||West Virginia|
|1972||VI||Roger Staubach*||Dallas Cowboys (2)||Quarterback (5)||Navy|
|1973||VII||Jake Scott||Miami Dolphins||Safety||Georgia|
|1974||VIII||Larry Csonka*||Miami Dolphins (2)||Running back||Syracuse|
|1975||IX||Franco Harris*||Pittsburgh Steelers||Running back (2)||Penn State|
|1976||X||Lynn Swann*||Pittsburgh Steelers (2)||Wide receiver||USC|
|1977||XI||Fred Biletnikoff*||Oakland Raiders||Wide receiver (2)||Florida State|
|1978||XII||Harvey Martin[b]||Dallas Cowboys (3, 4)||Defensive end||Texas A&M Commerce|
|Randy White[b]*||Defensive tackle||Maryland|
|1979||XIII||Terry Bradshaw*||Pittsburgh Steelers (3)||Quarterback (6)||Louisiana Tech|
|1980||XIV||Terry Bradshaw (2)*||Pittsburgh Steelers (4)||Quarterback (7)||Louisiana Tech|
|1981||XV||Jim Plunkett||Oakland Raiders (2)||Quarterback (8)||Stanford|
|1982||XVI||Joe Montana*||San Francisco 49ers||Quarterback (9)||Notre Dame|
|1983||XVII||John Riggins*||Washington Redskins||Running back (3)||Kansas|
|1984||XVIII||Marcus Allen*||Los Angeles Raiders (3)||Running back (4)||USC|
|1985||XIX||Joe Montana (2)*||San Francisco 49ers (2)||Quarterback (10)||Notre Dame|
|1986||XX||Richard Dent*||Chicago Bears||Defensive end (2)||Tennessee State|
|1987||XXI||Phil Simms||New York Giants||Quarterback (11)||Morehead State|
|1988||XXII||Doug Williams||Washington Redskins (2)||Quarterback (12)||Grambling State|
|1989||XXIII||Jerry Rice*||San Francisco 49ers (3)||Wide receiver (3)||Mississippi Valley State|
|1990||XXIV||Joe Montana (3)*||San Francisco 49ers (4)||Quarterback (13)||Notre Dame|
|1991||XXV||Ottis Anderson||New York Giants (2)||Running back (5)||Miami|
|1992||XXVI||Mark Rypien||Washington Redskins (3)||Quarterback (14)||Washington State|
|1993||XXVII||Troy Aikman*||Dallas Cowboys (5)||Quarterback (15)||UCLA|
|1994||XXVIII||Emmitt Smith*||Dallas Cowboys (6)||Running back (6)||Florida|
|1995||XXIX||Steve Young*||San Francisco 49ers (5)||Quarterback (16)||BYU|
|1996||XXX||Larry Brown||Dallas Cowboys (7)||Cornerback||TCU|
|1997||XXXI||Desmond Howard||Green Bay Packers (3)||Kick returner/ punt returner||Michigan|
|1998||XXXII||Terrell Davis*||Denver Broncos||Running back (7)||Georgia|
|1999||XXXIII||John Elway*||Denver Broncos (2)||Quarterback (17)||Stanford|
|2000||XXXIV||Kurt Warner*||St. Louis Rams||Quarterback (18)||Northern Iowa|
|2001||XXXV||Ray Lewis*||Baltimore Ravens||Linebacker (2)||Miami|
|2002||XXXVI||Tom Brady‡||New England Patriots||Quarterback (19)||Michigan|
|2003||XXXVII||Dexter Jackson||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Safety (2)||Florida State|
|2004||XXXVIII||Tom Brady (2)‡||New England Patriots (2)||Quarterback (20)||Michigan|
|2005||XXXIX||Deion Branch||New England Patriots (3)||Wide receiver (4)||Louisville|
|2006||XL||Hines Ward||Pittsburgh Steelers (5)||Wide receiver (5)||Georgia|
|2007||XLI||Peyton Manning*||Indianapolis Colts||Quarterback (21)||Tennessee|
|2008||XLII||Eli Manning‡||New York Giants (3)||Quarterback (22)||Ole Miss|
|2009||XLIII||Santonio Holmes||Pittsburgh Steelers (6)||Wide receiver (6)||Ohio State|
|2010||XLIV||Drew Brees ‡||New Orleans Saints||Quarterback (23)||Purdue|
|2011||XLV||Aaron Rodgers†||Green Bay Packers (4)||Quarterback (24)||California|
|2012||XLVI||Eli Manning (2)‡||New York Giants (4)||Quarterback (25)||Ole Miss|
|2013||XLVII||Joe Flacco†||Baltimore Ravens (2)||Quarterback (26)||Delaware|
|2014||XLVIII||Malcolm Smith‡||Seattle Seahawks||Linebacker (3)||USC|
|2015||XLIX||Tom Brady (3)‡||New England Patriots (4)||Quarterback (27)||Michigan|
|2016||50||Von Miller†||Denver Broncos (3)||Linebacker (4)||Texas A&M|
|2017||LI||Tom Brady (4)‡||New England Patriots (5)||Quarterback (28)||Michigan|
|2018||LII||Nick Foles‡||Philadelphia Eagles||Quarterback (29)||Arizona|
|2019||LIII||Julian Edelman‡||New England Patriots (6)||Wide receiver (7)||Kent State|
|2020||LIV||Patrick Mahomes†||Kansas City Chiefs (2)||Quarterback (30)||Texas Tech|
|2021||LV||Tom Brady (5) ‡||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2)||Quarterback (31)||Michigan|
|2022||LVI||Cooper Kupp †||Los Angeles Rams (2)||Wide receiver (8)||Eastern Washington|
|2023||LVII||Patrick Mahomes (2) †||Kansas City Chiefs (3)||Quarterback (32)||Texas Tech|