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NFL MVP trophy

The National Football League Most Valuable Player Award (NFL MVP) is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press (AP), to the player who is considered most valuable in the league. When the award is referred to without mentioning the organization, it generally means the AP award.

Five members of the Green Bay Packers have been awarded the honor for a grand total of eight times. In the 1960's under head coach Vince Lombardi, three individuals were voted as the MVP: Paul Hornung (1961), Jim Taylor (1962), and Bart Starr (1966). The award would be represented by a Packer again when Brett Favre first won the award in 1995, then consequently repeated in 1996 and co-winning in 1997 along with Barry Sanders. Aaron Rodgers won the award for the 2011 season and 2014 season.

Overall, Peyton Manning has won the award five times in his career, the most of any NFL player. Brett Favre and Jim Brown were named MVP on three separate occassions. From a franchise standpoint, players representing the Colts have won the award on eight occassions between four different quarterbacks (Manning, Unitas, Earl Morrall, and Bert Jones). The Packers are tied with the Colts for most MVP awards.

The winners of the AP award have overwhelmingly been offensive players; the only defensive players to win the AP award were Alan Page and Lawrence Taylor, and the only special teams player was Mark Moseley.

WinnersEdit

NFL Most Valuable Player winners
Presented by the Associated Press
Year No. Player of the Year Pos Team Rate Yds TD Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
1957 JBrown1 Jim Brown FB Browns REAL helmet Cleveland Browns -- -- -- 202 942 9 16 55 1
1958 JBrown1 Jim Brown FB Browns REAL helmet Cleveland Browns -- -- -- 257 1,527 17 16 138 1
1959 Giants helmet Charley Conerly QB Giants helmet New York Giants 102.7 1,706 14 15 38 1 -- -- --
1960 Van Brocklin Norm Van Brocklin QB Eagles helmet Philadelphia Eagles 86.5 2,471 24 11 -13 0 -- -- --
1961 Hornung1 Paul Hornung RB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 126.7 42 1 127 597 8 15 145 2
1962 JTaylor1 Jim Taylor FB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers -- -- -- 272 1,474 19 22 106 0
1963 Giants helmet Y. A. Tittle QB Giants helmet New York Giants 104.8 3,145 36 18 99 2 -- -- --
1964 Unitas2 Johnny Unitas QB Colts helmet Baltimore Colts 96.4 2,824 19 37 162 2 -- -- --
1965 JBrown1 Jim Brown FB Browns REAL helmet Cleveland Browns 135.4 39 1 289 1,544 17 34 328 4
1966 Starr1 Bart Starr QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 105.0 2,257 14 21 104 2 -- -- --
1967 Unitas2 Johnny Unitas QB Colts helmet Baltimore Colts 83.6 3,428 20 22 89 0 -- -- --
1968 BWhite2 Earl Morrall QB Colts helmet Baltimore Colts 93.2 2,909 26 11 18 1 -- -- --
1969 Rams helmet Roman Gabriel QB Rams helmet Los Angeles Rams 86.8 2,549 24 35 156 5 -- -- --
1970 Brodie1F John Brodie QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 93.8 2,941 24 9 29 2 -- -- --
1971 APage1 Alan Page DT Vikings helmet Minnesota Vikings -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1972 Redskins helmet Larry Brown RB Redskins helmet Washington Redskins -- -- -- 285 1,216 8 32 473 4
1973 Simpson1 O.J. Simpson RB Bills helmet2 Buffalo Bills 56.2 -3 0 332 2,003 12 6 70 0
1974 Stabler1 Ken Stabler QB Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders 94.9 2,469 12 12 -2 1 -- -- --
1975 Tarkenton1 Fran Tarkenton QB Vikings helmet Minnesota Vikings 91.8 2,994 25 16 108 2 -- -- --
1976 Painter2 Bert Jones QB Colts helmet Baltimore Colts 102.5 3,104 24 38 214 2 -- -- --
1977 Payton1 Walter Payton RB Bears helmet Chicago Bears -- -- -- 339 1,852 14 27 269 2
1978 Bradshaw1 Terry Bradshaw QB Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 84.7 2,915 28 32 93 1 -- -- --
1979 Campbell1 Earl Campbell RB Oilers helmet Houston Oilers -- -- -- 368 1,697 19 16 94 0
1980 Sipe1 Brian Sipe QB Browns REAL helmet Cleveland Browns 91.4 4,132 30 20 55 1 -- -- --
1981 KAnderson1 Ken Anderson QB Bengals helmet Cincinnati Bengals 98.4 3,754 29 46 320 1 -- -- --
1982 Moseley2 Mark Moseley K Redskins helmet Washington Redskins -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1983 Theismann2 Joe Theismann QB Redskins helmet Washington Redskins 97.0 3,714 29 37 234 1 -- -- --
1984 Marino1 Dan Marino QB Dolphins helmet Miami Dolphins 108.9 5,084 48 28 -7 0 -- -- --
1985 MAllen1 Marcus Allen RB Raiders helmet Los Angeles Raiders 77.1 16 0 380 1,759 11 11 67 3
1986 LTaylor1 Lawrence Taylor OLB Giants helmet New York Giants -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1987 ElwayThrowback John Elway QB Broncos helmet Denver Broncos 83.4 3,198 19 66 304 4 -- -- --
1988 Esiason88 Boomer Esiason QB Bengals helmet Cincinnati Bengals 97.4 3,572 28 43 248 1 -- -- --
1989 Montana1 Joe Montana QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 112.4 3,521 26 49 237 3 -- -- --
1990 Montana1 Joe Montana QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 89.0 3,944 26 40 162 1 -- -- --
1991 TThomas1 Thurman Thomas RB Bills helmet2 Buffalo Bills -- -- -- 288 1,407 7 62 631 5
1992 SYoung1 Steve Young QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 107.0 3,465 25 76 537 4 -- -- --
1993 ESmith2 Emmitt Smith RB Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys -- -- -- 283 1,486 9 57 414 1
1994 SYoung1 Steve Young QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 112.8 3,969 35 58 292 7 -- -- --
1995 Favre1 Brett Favre QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 99.5 4,413 38 39 181 3 -- -- --
1996 Favre1 Brett Favre QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 95.8 3,899 39 49 136 2 -- -- --
1997 Favre1 Brett Favre QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 92.6 3,867 35 58 187 1 -- -- --
1997 Sanders1 Barry Sanders RB Lions helmet Detroit Lions -- -- -- 335 2,053 11 33 305 3
1998 TDavis1 Terrell Davis RB Broncos helmet Denver Broncos -- -- -- 392 2,008 21 25 217 2
1999 Warner99 Kurt Warner QB Rams helmet St. Louis Rams 109.2 4,353 41 23 92 1 -- -- --
2000 Faulk00-01 Marshall Faulk RB Rams helmet St. Louis Rams -- -- -- 253 1,359 18 81 830 8
2001 Warner00-01 Kurt Warner QB Rams helmet St. Louis Rams 101.4 4,830 36 28 60 1 -- -- --
2002 Stabler1 Rich Gannon QB Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders 97.3 4,689 26 50 156 3 -- -- --
2003 PManning02-03 Peyton Manning QB Colts helmet Indianapolis Colts 99.0 4,267 29 28 26 0 1 -1 0
2003 McNair Steve McNair QB Titans helmet Tennessee Titans 100.4 3,215 24 38 138 4 1 4 0
2004 PManning1 Peyton Manning QB Colts helmet Indianapolis Colts 121.1 4,557 49 25 38 0 -- -- --
2005 SAlexander1 Shaun Alexander RB Seahawks helmet Seattle Seahawks -- -- -- 370 1,880 27 15 78 1
2006 Tomlinson06 LaDainian Tomlinson RB Chargers helmet San Diego Chargers 125.0 20 2 348 1,815 28 56 508 3
2007 Brady1 Tom Brady QB Patriots helmet New England Patriots 117.2 4,806 50 37 98 2 -- -- --
2008 PManning1 Peyton Manning QB Colts helmet Indianapolis Colts 95.0 4,002 27 20 21 1 -- -- --
2009 PManning1 Peyton Manning QB Colts helmet Indianapolis Colts 99.9 4,500 33 19 -13 0 -- -- --
2010 Brady1 Tom Brady QB Patriots helmet New England Patriots 111.0 3,900 36 31 30 1 -- -- --
2011 Rodgers1 Aaron Rodgers QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 122.5 4,643 45 60 257 3 -- -- --
2012 APeterson1 Adrian Peterson RB Vikings helmet Minnesota Vikings -- -- -- 348 2,097 12 40 217 1
2013 ManningBroncos Peyton Manning QB Broncos helmet Denver Broncos 115.1 5,477 55 32 -31 1 -- -- --
2014 Rodgers1 Aaron Rodgers QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 112.2 4,381 38 43 269 2 -- -- --
2015 Newton1 Cam Newton QB Panthers helmet Carolina Panthers 99.4 3,837 35 132 636 10 -- -- --
2016 MRyan1 Matt Ryan QB Falcons helmet Atlanta Falcons 117.1 4,944 38 35 117 0 -- -- --

ClarificationEdit

On January 2, 2009, the AP stated that their version of MVP award began in 1961. It is possible that this is a reaction to an article published at Pro Football Weekly that suggests the AP awards as listed by the AP were incorrect. On January 2, 2009, the AP listed the 1957 MVP as Jim Brown, the 1958 MVP as Gino Marchetti, the 1959 MVP as Charlie Conerly, and the 1960 co-MVPs as Norm Van Brocklin and Joe Schmidt. The Pro Football Weekly.com article disputes the 1958, 1959, and 1960 winners. Since, as the PFW article points out, the AP began using the term "MVP" in 1961, it seems the pre-1960 winners are no longer considered "MVPs" but "Players of the Year". Adding to the confusion put out by the AP, the 1962 winner, Jim Taylor, in the story that moved across the AP wire in 1962, was the "Player of the Year" not the "Most Valuable Player". In 1963 the term "MVP" was used once again. According to an article by Pro Football Weekly, the terms "Player of the Year" and "Most Valuable Player" were generally interchangeable at the time.

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