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. 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.

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 LIV held on February 2, 2020, is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. That year, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products sponsored the MVP presentation.

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 30 times in 54 games (and 55 awards).

Winners

Bart Starr in a Green Bay Packers football uniform poses while underhand tossing a football toward the camera. He is wearing number
Bart Starr was the MVP of Super Bowls I and II while quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
Joe Montana smiling and wearing a green and red patterned collared shirt.
Joe Montana won three Super Bowl MVP awards as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers
Desmond Howard wearing a grey striped suit while holding a water bottle outside. He has his XXXI Super Bowl ring on his right ring finger and his wedding ring on his left ring finger.
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
American football quarterback, Tom Brady, walks onto a football field while holding a gray helmet. He is wearing a white New England Patriots jersey with a blue number
Tom Brady has the most MVP awards, winning them in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI while quarterback for the New England Patriots
Von Miller wearing a cap and AirPods smiles while holding a football. He is also wearing gloves and looks like he might soon throw the ball.
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 standing on a football field. He is wearing a white jersey with a red number
Patrick Mahomes, a quarterback, is the most recent winner as MVP of Super Bowl LIV while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs

By team

A man wearing a black striped suit and black tie with white dots.
Emmitt Smith won the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award while playing for the Dallas Cowboys as their running back

By position

Multiple winners

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Quarterback Eli Manning was the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI while playing for the New York Giants

See also

References

General

  • 2009 ESPN Sports Almanac. New York City: ESPN Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-345-51172-0.
  • "Super Bowl History". NFL.com. Retrieved January 6, 2009.

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