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The Joe F. Carr Trophy was the first award given in the National Football League (NFL) to recognize a most valuable player for each season. It was first awarded in 1938, known then as the Gruen Trophy,[1] and renamed in 1939 in honor of NFL commissioner Joseph Carr.[2][3] The Gruen Trophy, sponsored by Gruen Watch Co., was first awarded in 1937 to Dutch Clark of the Detroit Lions. However, both contemporary[4][5] and modern[6] sources consider the 1938 award the first retroactive Joe F. Carr Trophy, and thus the first NFL MVP award. Players were chosen by a panel of sportswriters who distributed first and second place votes. It was awarded until the 1946 season, and it remains the only MVP award the NFL has officially sanctioned.[7]

Season Player Team Position Refs
1938 Hein, MelMel Hein New York Giants Center, linebacker [1]
1939 Hall, ParkerParker Hall Cleveland Rams Quarterback, halfback [3]
1940 Parker, AceAce Parker Brooklyn Dodgers Quarterback, halfback [8]
1941 Hutson, DonDon Hutson Green Bay Packers End [4]
1942 Hutson, DonDon Hutson Green Bay Packers End [9]
1943 Luckman, SidSid Luckman Chicago Bears Quarterback [10]
1944 Sinkwich, FrankFrank Sinkwich Detroit Lions Halfback [11]
1945 Waterfield, BobBob Waterfield Cleveland Rams Quarterback [5]
1946 Dudley, BillBill Dudley Pittsburgh Steelers Halfback [12]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mel Hein Voted Most Valuable". The Spokesman-Review: p. 13. January 18, 1940. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1314&dat=19381210&id=Lx9WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1eMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6749,3083579&hl=en. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  2. "Storck Named President". The Pittsburgh Press: p. 16. July 23, 1939. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5379453/storck_named_president/. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Parker Hall Named Valuable Player". The Daily Times: p. 13. January 18, 1940. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1996&dat=19400118&id=D6kiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fq8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=5811,7221038&hl=en. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Don Hutson Voted Most Valuable Pro". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press: p. 4. February 12, 1942. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19420212&id=pU5QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RA0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=2346,6948119&hl=en. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Waterfield Named Most Valuable Gridiron Player". Prescott Evening Courier. Associated Press: p. 5. January 4, 1946. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=897&dat=19460104&id=MrZaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GVADAAAAIBAJ&pg=6191,129643&hl=en. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  6. "Joe F. Carr Trophy (MVP) Winners". Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/awards/nfl-joe-f-carr-trophy.htm. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  7. Turney, John (February 21, 2015). "Dutch Clark's Missing 1937 MVP Award". Pro Football Journal. http://nflfootballjournal.blogspot.com/2015/02/dutch-clarks-missing-1937-mvp-award.html. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  8. "Ace Parker, Brooklyn, Voted 'Most Valuable'". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press: p. 7. January 18, 1941. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19410118&id=MQIaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eCMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4405,905144&hl=en. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  9. "Don Hutson Named Most Valuable Pro". The Milwaukee Journal. United Press: p. 10. January 28, 1943. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19430128&id=jqkWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9CIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1822,4664786&hl=en. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  10. "Sid Luckman Gets Grid Trophy". Daytona Beach Morning Journal: p. 3. September 2, 1944. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1873&dat=19440902&id=r3gjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8cYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5528,3621614&hl=en. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  11. "Sinkwich Voted Most Valuable". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press: p. 15. April 3, 1945. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=19450403&id=VLhRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wWkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7190,6053444&hl=en. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  12. "Bill Dudley Gets Trophy Sunday". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press: p. 40. October 9, 1947. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1144&dat=19471009&id=S_YaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Fk0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6497,3398682&hl=en. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
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