The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, or Super Bowl MVP, is an award presented annually to the most valuable player of the Super Bowl, the National Football League's (NFL) championship game. The MVP is awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy by the NFL commissioner and given a free car.
Since the first Super Bowl was held in 1967 to determine the 1966 season champions, the MVP award has been given to 41 players. From 1967 to 1989, the Super Bowl MVP was presented by SPORT magazine. Green Bay Packers quarterback 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 the former NFL commissioner, to the Super Bowl MVP. Ottis Anderson of the New York Giants was the first to win the trophy. The most recent Super Bowl MVP was Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was named the MVP of Super Bowl LI, his record fourth MVP.
Note: All seasons associated with each Super Bowl champion will list the championship season and not the subsequent year the team won the title. For example, the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV for the 2010 season, but actually won the title on February 6, 2011.
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has won the Super Bowl MVP award four times. Joe Montana from the San Francisco 49ers has won three Super Bowl MVP awards. Three others: Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Eli Manning; have won the honor twice.
Although the Pittsburgh Steelers have won more Super Bowls than any other NFL franchise (with six), the Dallas Cowboys have had the most players earn Super Bowl MVP with seven, mainly due to two oddities only involving Dallas. At Super Bowl V, Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley was given the honor despite losing to the Baltimore Colts. At Super Bowl XII, the Cowboys had co-MVPs on defense, with Randy White and Harvey Martin sharing the honor.