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Snapshot Rodgers awarded Pete Rozelle Trophy
Aaron Rodgers awarded Pete Rozelle Trophy
Commissioner Roger Goodell awards Aaron Rodgers the Pete Rozelle Trophy the day after the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV. Photo by Mark Hoffman.

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.

Three different Green Bay Packers have been awarded the Super Bowl MVP. Bart Starr was the MVP of Super Bowl I and II, return specialist Desmond Howard was given the honor at Super Bowl XXXI, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named at Super Bowl XLV.

VotingEdit

Pete Rozelle Trophy

Currently, the winner is chosen by a combination of two scores:

  • A panel of 16 American football writers and broadcasters vote after the game, which accounts for 80 percent of the total vote tally.
  • A fan vote during the game will account for the other 20 percent.

HistoryEdit

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 51, his fourth MVP.

WinnersEdit

Super Bowl MVP winners
Presented by the National Football League
Game Design Season No. Super Bowl MVP Pos Team Statistics
I Super Bowl I 1966 Starr1 Bart Starr QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 16/23 - 250 yards - 2 TD
II Super Bowl II 1967 Starr2 Bart Starr QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 13/24 - 202 yards - TD, 1 rush- 14 yards
III Super Bowl III 1968 Namath2 Joe Namath QB Jets helmet New York Jets 17/28 - 206 yards
IV Super Bowl IV 1969 Dawson1 Len Dawson QB Chiefs helmet Kansas City Chiefs 12/17 - 142 yards - TD, 3 rush- 11 yards
V Super Bowl V 1970 Cowboys54-1 Chuck Howley OLB Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys 2 INT - 22 yards
VI Super Bowl VI 1971 Staubach2 Roger Staubach QB Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys 12/19 - 119 yards - 2 TD, 5 rush- 18 yards
VII Super Bowl VII 1972 Marino2 Jake Scott S Dolphins helmet Miami Dolphins 2 INT - 63 yards
VIII Super Bowl VIII 1973 Csonka1 Larry Csonka FB Dolphins helmet Miami Dolphins 33 rush - 145 yards - 2 TD
IX Super Bowl IX 1974 FHarris2 Franco Harris HB Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 34 rush - 158 yards - TD
X Super Bowl X 1975 Swann1 Lynn Swann WR Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 4 rec - 161 yards - TD
XI Super Bowl XI 1976 Biletnikoff2 Fred Biletnikoff WR Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders 4 rec - 79 yards
XII* Super Bowl XII 1977 Cowboys54-2 Randy White DT Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys Team: 8 turnovers
XII* Super Bowl XII 1977 HMartin2 Harvey Martin DE Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys Team: 8 turnovers
XIII Super Bowl XIII 1978 Bradshaw2 Terry Bradshaw QB Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 17/30 - 318 yards - 4 TD - INT, 2 rush, -5 yards
XIV Super Bowl XIV 1979 Bradshaw1 Terry Bradshaw QB Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 14/21 - 309 yards - 2 TD - 3 INT, 3 rush- 9 yards
XV Super Bowl XV 1980 Plunkett2 Jim Plunkett QB Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders 13/21 - 261 yards - 3 TD, 3 rush, 9 yards
XVI Super Bowl XVI 1981 Montana2 Joe Montana QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 14/22 - 157 yards - 1 TD, 6 rush - 18 yards - 1 TD
XVII Super Bowl XVII 1982 Riggins2 John Riggins FB Redskins helmet Washington Redskins 38 rush - 166 yards - TD, 1 rec- 15 yards
XVIII Super Bowl XVIII 1983 MAllen1 Marcus Allen RB Raiders helmet Los Angeles Raiders 20 rush - 191 yards - 2 TD, 2 rec- 18 yards
XIX Super Bowl XIX 1984 Montana1 Joe Montana QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 24/35 - 331 yards - 3 TD, 5 rush- 59 yards- 1 TD
XX Super Bowl XX 1985 Dent2 Richard Dent DE Bears helmet Chicago Bears 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 PD
XXI Super Bowl XXI 1986 Simms1 Phil Simms QB Giants helmet New York Giants 22/25 - 268 yards - 3 TD, 3 rush- 25 yards
XXII Super Bowl XXII 1987 DWilliams2 Doug Williams QB Redskins helmet Washington Redskins 18/29 - 340 yards - 4 TD - INT, 2 rush- -2 yards
XXIII Super Bowl XXIII 1988 Rice1 Jerry Rice WR 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 11 rec - 215 yards - TD, 1 rush- 5 yards
XXIV Super Bowl XXIV 1989 Montana2 Joe Montana QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 22/29 - 297 yards - 5 TD, 2 rush- 15 yards
XXV Super Bowl XXV 1990 OAnderson1 Ottis Anderson RB Giants helmet New York Giants 21 rush - 102 yards - TD, 1 rec- 7 yards
XXVI Super Bowl XXVI 1991 Rypien2 Mark Rypien QB Redskins helmet Washington Redskins 18/33 - 292 yards - 2 TD - INT, 6 rush- -4 yards
XXVII Super Bowl XXVII 1992 Aikman2 Troy Aikman QB Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys 22/30 - 273 yards - 4 TD, 3 rush- 28 yards
XXVIII Super Bowl XXVIII 1993 ESmith2 Emmitt Smith RB Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys 30 rush - 132 yards - 2 TD, 4 rec- 26 yards
XXIX Super Bowl XXIX 1994 SYoung1 Steve Young QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 24/36 - 325 yards - 6 TD, 5 rush- 49 yards
XXX Super Bowl XXX 1995 MBarber2 Larry Brown CB Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys 2 INT - 77 yards
XXXI Super Bowl XXXI 1996 Quarless1 Desmond Howard KR/PR Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 244 return yards - KR TD
XXXII Super Bowl XXXII 1997 TDavis1 Terrell Davis RB Broncos helmet Denver Broncos 30 rush - 157 yards - 3 TD, 2 rec- 8 yards
XXXIII Super Bowl XXXIII 1998 Elway2 John Elway QB Broncos helmet Denver Broncos 18/29 - 336 yards - TD, 3 rush- 2 yards- 1 TD
XXXIV Super Bowl XXXIV 1999 Warner2 Kurt Warner QB Rams helmet St. Louis Rams 24/45 - 414 yards - 2 TD, 1 rush- 1 yard
XXXV Super Bowl XXXV 2000 RLewis2 Ray Lewis MLB Ravens helmet Baltimore Ravens 11 TKL - 4 BLK
XXXVI Super Bowl XXXVI 2001 Brady1 Tom Brady QB Patriots helmet New England Patriots 16/27 - 145 yards - TD, 1 rush- 3 yards
XXXVII Super Bowl XXXVII 2002 EGraham1 Dexter Jackson S Buccaneers helmet Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 INT - 34 yards
XXXVIII Super Bowl XXXVIII 2003 Brady1 Tom Brady QB Patriots helmet New England Patriots 32/48 - 354 yards - 3 TD - INT, 2 rush- 12 yards
XXXIX Super Bowl XXXIX 2004 Branch2 Deion Branch WR Patriots helmet New England Patriots 11 rec - 133 yards
XL Super Bowl XL 2005 HWard2 Hines Ward WR Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 5 rec - 123 yards - TD, 1 rush- 18 yards
XLI Super Bowl XLI 2006 PManning2 Peyton Manning QB Colts helmet Indianapolis Colts 25/38 - 247 yards - TD - INT
XLII Super Bowl XLII 2007 EManning2 Eli Manning QB Giants helmet New York Giants 19/34 - 255 yards - 2 TD - INT, 3 rush- 4 yards
XLIII Super Bowl XLIII 2008 SHolmes2 Santonio Holmes WR Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 9 rec - 131 yards - TD
XLIV Super Bowl 44 2009 Brees2 Drew Brees QB Saints helmet New Orleans Saints 32/39 - 288 yards - 2 TD
XLV Super Bowl XLV 2010 Rodgers1 Aaron Rodgers QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 24/39 - 304 yards - 3 TD
XLVI Super Bowl 46 2011 EManning2 Eli Manning QB Giants helmet New York Giants 30/40 - 296 yards - TD
XLVII Super Bowl 47 2012 Flacco2 Joe Flacco QB Ravens helmet Baltimore Ravens 22/33 - 287 yards - 3 TD
XLVIII Super Bowl 48 2013 Seahawks53white Malcolm Smith OLB Seahawks helmet Seattle Seahawks 9 TKL, FR, INT - 69 yards - TD
XLIX Super Bowl 49 2014 Brady2 Tom Brady QB Patriots helmet New England Patriots 37/50 - 328 yards - 4 TD - 2 INT
50 Super Bowl 50 2015 Broncos58white Von Miller OLB Broncos helmet Denver Broncos 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
51 Super Bowl 51 2016 Brady2 Tom Brady QB Patriots helmet New England Patriots 43/62 - 466 yards - 2 TD - INT, 1 rush- 15 yards
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.

ComparisonEdit

Multiple winnersEdit

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.

Super Bowl MVP winners
Multiple winners
Tier No. Super Bowl MVP Pos Team Super Bowls Awards
1st Brady1 Tom Brady QB Patriots helmet New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVISuper Bowl XXXVIIISuper Bowl 49Super Bowl 51 4
2nd Montana1 Joe Montana QB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XVISuper Bowl XIXSuper Bowl XXIV 3
3rd Starr1 Bart Starr QB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers Super Bowl ISuper Bowl II 2
Bradshaw1 Terry Bradshaw QB Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIIISuper Bowl XIV
EManning2 Eli Manning QB Giants helmet New York Giants Super Bowl XLIISuper Bowl 46

Team winnersEdit

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.

The Green Bay Packers are tied for fourth among team Super Bowl MVP awards (tied with the New York Giants, behind Dallas, Pittsburgh, the San Francisco 49ers, and the New England Patriots).

Super Bowl MVP winners
Team winners
Tier Team Super Bowl MVPs Super Bowls Awards
1st Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys Cowboys54-1Staubach2Cowboys54-2 HMartin2
Aikman2ESmith2MBarber2
Super Bowl VSuper Bowl VISuper Bowl XII
Super Bowl XXVIISuper Bowl XXVIIISuper Bowl XXX
7
2nd Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers FHarris2Swann1Bradshaw2
Bradshaw1HWard2SHolmes2
Super Bowl IXSuper Bowl XSuper Bowl XIII
Super Bowl XIVSuper Bowl XLSuper Bowl XLIII
6
3rd 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers Montana2Montana1Rice1
Montana2SYoung1
Super Bowl XVISuper Bowl XIXSuper Bowl XXIII
Super Bowl XXIVSuper Bowl XXIX
5
Patriots helmet New England Patriots Brady1Brady1Branch2
Brady2Brady2
Super Bowl XXXVISuper Bowl XXXVIIISuper Bowl XXXIX
Super Bowl 49Super Bowl 51
4th Packers helmet Green Bay Packers Starr1Starr2Quarless1Rodgers1 Super Bowl ISuper Bowl IISuper Bowl XXXISuper Bowl XLV 4
Giants helmet New York Giants Simms1OAnderson1EManning2EManning2 Super Bowl XXISuper Bowl XXVSuper Bowl XLIISuper Bowl 46
5th Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders Biletnikoff2Plunkett2MAllen1 Super Bowl XISuper Bowl XVSuper Bowl XVIII 3
Redskins helmet Washington Redskins Riggins2DWilliams2Rypien2 Super Bowl XVIISuper Bowl XXIISuper Bowl XXVI
Broncos helmet Denver Broncos TDavis1Elway2Broncos58white Super Bowl XXXIISuper Bowl XXXIIISuper Bowl 50
6th Dolphins helmet Miami Dolphins Marino2Csonka1 Super Bowl VIISuper Bowl VIII 2
Ravens helmet Baltimore Ravens RLewis2Flacco2 Super Bowl XXXVSuper Bowl 47
7th Jets helmet New York Jets Namath2 Super Bowl III 1
Chiefs helmet Kansas City Chiefs Dawson1 Super Bowl IV
Bears helmet Chicago Bears Dent2 Super Bowl XX
Rams helmet Los Angeles Rams Warner2 Super Bowl XXXIV
Buccaneers helmet Tampa Bay Buccaneers EGraham1 Super Bowl XXXVII
Colts helmet Indianapolis Colts PManning2 Super Bowl XLI
Saints helmet New Orleans Saints Brees2 Super Bowl 44
Seahawks helmet Seattle Seahawks Seahawks53white Super Bowl 48

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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