Aaron Rodgers was the MVP of Super Bowl XLV.

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 winner is chosen by a fan vote during the game and by a panel of 16 American football writers and broadcasters who vote after the game. The media panel's ballots count for 80 percent of the vote tally, while the viewers' ballots make up the other 20 percent.[1] The game's viewing audience can vote on the Internet or by using cellular phones;[1] Super Bowl XXXV, held in 2001, was the first Super Bowl where fan voting was allowed.[2]

Since the first Super Bowl was held in 1967, the MVP award has been given to 41 players. From 1967 to 1989, the Super Bowl MVP was presented by SPORT magazine.[3] Bart Starr was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Since 1990, the award has been presented by the NFL.[3] At Super Bowl XXV, the league first awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy, named after the former NFL commissioner, to the Super Bowl MVP.[4] Ottis Anderson was the first to win the trophy.[5] The most recent Super Bowl MVP was Aaron Rodgers, who was named the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLV, held on February 6, 2011.

Joe Montana is the only player to have won three Super Bowl MVP awards; three others—Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Tom Brady—have won the honor twice. 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.[6] Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only time co-MVPs have been chosen.[7] 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 24 times in 45 games. Mark Rypien and Hines Ward are the only players born outside the United States to earn the Super Bowl MVP; they were born in Canada and South Korea, respectively.[8] Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen, and Desmond Howard are the only four players to have won the Super Bowl MVP and college football's Heisman Trophy.[9]

Table key

Denotes player who is still active in NFL
* Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
+ Player was on losing team of the Super Bowl
Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player has won the award.
Year Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season


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Terry Bradshaw, the MVP of Super Bowls XIII and XIV

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Joe Montana won a record three Super Bowl MVP awards.

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Jerry Rice, the MVP of Super Bowl XXIII

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Tom Brady, the MVP of Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII

Year[a] Super Bowl Winner Team Position Ref.
1967 I Starr, BartBart Starr * Green Bay Packers Quarterback [10]
1968 II Starr, BartBart Starr (2) * Green Bay Packers Quarterback [11]
1969 III Namath, JoeJoe Namath * New York Jets Quarterback [12]
1970 IV Dawson, LenLen Dawson * Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback [13]
1971 V Howley, ChuckChuck Howley[b] + Dallas Cowboys Linebacker [6]
1972 VI Staubach, RogerRoger Staubach * Dallas Cowboys Quarterback [14]
1973 VII Scott, JakeJake Scott Miami Dolphins Safety [15]
1974 VIII Csonka, LarryLarry Csonka * Miami Dolphins Running back [16]
1975 IX Harris, FrancoFranco Harris * Pittsburgh Steelers Running back [17]
1976 X Swann, LynnLynn Swann * Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver [18]
1977 XI Fred Biletnikoff * Oakland Raiders Wide receiver [19]
1978 XII Harvey Martin[c] Dallas Cowboys Defensive end [20]
1978 XII Randy White[c] * Dallas Cowboys Defensive tackle [20]
1979 XIII Terry Bradshaw * Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback [21]
1980 XIV Terry Bradshaw (2) * Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback [22]
1981 XV Jim Plunkett Oakland Raiders Quarterback [23]
1982 XVI Joe Montana * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [24]
1983 XVII John Riggins * Washington Redskins Running back [25]
1984 XVIII Marcus Allen * Los Angeles Raiders Running back [26]
1985 XIX Joe Montana (2) * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [27]
1986 XX Richard Dent * Chicago Bears Defensive end [28]
1987 XXI Phil Simms New York Giants Quarterback [29]
1988 XXII Doug Williams Washington Redskins Quarterback [30]
1989 XXIII Jerry Rice * San Francisco 49ers Wide receiver [31]
1990 XXIV Joe Montana (3) * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [32]
1991 XXV Ottis Anderson New York Giants Running back [5]
1992 XXVI Mark Rypien Washington Redskins Quarterback [33]
1993 XXVII Troy Aikman * Dallas Cowboys Quarterback [34]
1994 XXVIII Emmitt Smith * Dallas Cowboys Running back [35]
1995 XXIX Steve Young * San Francisco 49ers Quarterback [36]
1996 XXX Larry Brown Dallas Cowboys Cornerback [37]
1997 XXXI Desmond Howard Green Bay Packers Kick returner/
punt returner
1998 XXXII Terrell Davis Denver Broncos Running back [39]
1999 XXXIII John Elway * Denver Broncos Quarterback [40]
2000 XXXIV Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams Quarterback [41]
2001 XXXV Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens Linebacker [42]
2002 XXXVI Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback [43]
2003 XXXVII Dexter Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety [44]
2004 XXXVIII Tom Brady (2) New England Patriots Quarterback [45]
2005 XXXIX Deion Branch New England Patriots Wide receiver [46]
2006 XL Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver [47]
2007 XLI Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts Quarterback [48]
2008 XLII Eli Manning New York Giants Quarterback [49]
2009 XLIII Santonio Holmes Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver [50]
2010 XLIV Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Quarterback [51]
2011 XLV Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Quarterback [52]

By team

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Emmitt Smith won the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award while playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Team Total
Dallas Cowboys[d] 7
Pittsburgh Steelers 6
San Francisco 49ers 5
Green Bay Packers 4
New England Patriots 3
New York Giants 3
Oakland-Los Angeles Raiders 3
Washington Redskins 3
Denver Broncos 2
Miami Dolphins 2
Baltimore Ravens 1
Chicago Bears 1
Indianapolis Colts 1
Kansas City Chiefs 1
New Orleans Saints 1
New York Jets 1
St. Louis Rams 1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1

By position

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Quarterback Peyton Manning was the MVP of Super Bowl XLI.

Position Total
Quarterback 24
Running back 7
Wide receiver 6
Defensive end 2
Linebacker 2
Safety 2
Cornerback 1
Defensive tackle 1
Kick returner/punt returner 1


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Drew Brees was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV.

  • a The Super Bowl, played in January or February, ends the previous year's NFL season. For example, Super Bowl XLIII, held on February 1, 2009, ended the 2008 season.[53]
  • b Howley is the only player from a losing team to be named MVP of the Super Bowl.[6]
  • c1 c2 Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only Super Bowl where co-MVPs were named.[20]
  • d The Cowboys' total includes the co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII as two different recipients.


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