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Super Bowl MVP Award
An illustration of a silver football-shaped trophy with the phrases "SUPER BOWL" and "MOST VALUABLE PLAYER" in the middle.
The Pete Rozelle Trophy
Given for Most valuable player of the Super Bowl
Presented by SPORT (1967–1989)
National Football League (1990–present)
First award 1967
Most wins Tom Brady
(5 awards)
Most recent Patrick Mahomes
(2nd award)

The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, or Super Bowl MVP, is 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 panel of 16 football writers and broadcasters, and, since Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, fans voting electronically. The media panel's ballots count for 80 percent of the vote tally, while the viewers' ballots make up the other 20 percent. The game's viewing audience can vote on the Internet or by using cellular phones; Media voters are asked to vote with about five minutes remaining in the game, but are allowed to change their mind when the game ends. They can nominate one player from each team, with instructions to count their vote for the player on the winning team. Voters cannot select an entire unit.

The Super Bowl MVP has been awarded annually since the game's inception in 1967. Through 1989, the award was presented by SPORT magazine. 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 former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, to the Super Bowl MVP. Ottis Anderson was the first to win the trophy. The most recent Super Bowl MVP, from Super Bowl LVII held on February 12, 2023, is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Tom Brady is the only player to have won five Super Bowl MVP awards (four with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers); Joe Montana won three and four other players—Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Eli Manning, and Patrick Mahomes—have won the award twice. Starr and Bradshaw are the only ones to have won it in back-to-back years. 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. Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only time co-MVPs have been chosen. 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 32 times in 57 games (and 58 awards).

From Super Bowl I to Super Bowl XLIX the Super Bowl MVP won a new car from General Motors as a part of their MVP award. However since Hyundai became the official vehicle partner of the NFL from the 2015 NFL season onward no new car has been awarded to the Super Bowl MVP since Super Bowl 50.


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Bart Starr was the MVP of Super Bowls I and II while quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
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Joe Montana won three Super Bowl MVP awards as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice, the MVP of Super Bowl XXIII, played wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers
Desmond Howard
Desmond Howard, MVP of Super Bowl XXXI with the Green Bay Packers, is the only special teams player – a kick/punt returner – to win the award
Tom Brady 2015
Tom Brady, a quarterback, has the most MVP awards with five, winning in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI while playing for the New England Patriots and Super Bowl LV playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Von Miller (29315783687)
Von Miller, MVP of Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos, is the most recent defensive player – a linebacker – to win the award
Patrick Mahomes II
Patrick Mahomes, a quarterback, won two MVP awards in Super Bowl LIV and Super Bowl LVII while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs
Key for the below tables
Symbol Description
Year Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season
Winner (#) Denotes number of times the player has won the award
dagger Player still active in NFL
* Player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Player is not yet eligible for Pro Football Hall of Fame
Team (#) Denotes number of times the team has won the award
Position (#) Denotes number of times the position has won the award
Super Bowl Most Valuable Players
Year Super Bowl Winner Team Position College Ref.
1967 I Starr, Bart 1Bart Starr* Green Bay Packers Quarterback Alabama
1968 II Starr, Bart 2Bart Starr (2)* Green Bay Packers (2) Quarterback (2) Alabama
1969 III Namath, JoeJoe Namath* New York Jets Quarterback (3) Alabama
1970 IV Dawson, LenLen Dawson* Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback (4) Purdue
1971 V Howley, ChuckChuck Howley* Dallas Cowboys Linebacker West Virginia
1972 VI Staubach, RogerRoger Staubach* Dallas Cowboys (2) Quarterback (5) Navy
1973 VII Scott, JakeJake Scott Miami Dolphins Safety Georgia
1974 VIII Csonka, LarryLarry Csonka* Miami Dolphins (2) Running back Syracuse
1975 IX Harris, FrancoFranco Harris* Pittsburgh Steelers Running back (2) Penn State
1976 X Swann, LynnLynn Swann* Pittsburgh Steelers (2) Wide receiver USC
1977 XI Biletnikoff, FredFred Biletnikoff* Oakland Raiders Wide receiver (2) Florida State
1978 XII Martin, HarveyHarvey Martin Dallas Cowboys (3, 4) Defensive end Texas A&M Commerce
White, RandyRandy White* Defensive tackle Maryland
1979 XIII Bradshaw, Terry 1Terry Bradshaw* Pittsburgh Steelers (3) Quarterback (6) Louisiana Tech
1980 XIV Bradshaw, Terry 2Terry Bradshaw (2)* Pittsburgh Steelers (4) Quarterback (7) Louisiana Tech
1981 XV Plunkett, JimJim Plunkett Oakland Raiders (2) Quarterback (8) Stanford
1982 XVI Montana, Joe 1Joe Montana* San Francisco 49ers Quarterback (9) Notre Dame
1983 XVII Riggins, JohnJohn Riggins* Washington Redskins Running back (3) Kansas
1984 XVIII Allen, MarcusMarcus Allen* Los Angeles Raiders (3) Running back (4) USC
1985 XIX Montana, Joe 2Joe Montana (2)* San Francisco 49ers (2) Quarterback (10) Notre Dame
1986 XX Dent, RichardRichard Dent* Chicago Bears Defensive end (2) Tennessee State
1987 XXI Simms, PhilPhil Simms New York Giants Quarterback (11) Morehead State
1988 XXII Williams, DougDoug Williams Washington Redskins (2) Quarterback (12) Grambling State
1989 XXIII Rice, JerryJerry Rice* San Francisco 49ers (3) Wide receiver (3) Mississippi Valley State
1990 XXIV Montana, Joe 3Joe Montana (3)* San Francisco 49ers (4) Quarterback (13) Notre Dame
1991 XXV Anderson, OttisOttis Anderson New York Giants (2) Running back (5) Miami
1992 XXVI Rypien, MarkMark Rypien Washington Redskins (3) Quarterback (14) Washington State
1993 XXVII Aikman, TroyTroy Aikman* Dallas Cowboys (5) Quarterback (15) UCLA
1994 XXVIII Smith, EmmittEmmitt Smith* Dallas Cowboys (6) Running back (6) Florida
1995 XXIX Young, SteveSteve Young* San Francisco 49ers (5) Quarterback (16) BYU
1996 XXX Brown, LarryLarry Brown Dallas Cowboys (7) Cornerback TCU
1997 XXXI Howard, DesmondDesmond Howard Green Bay Packers (3) Kick returner/
punt returner
1998 XXXII Davis, TerrellTerrell Davis* Denver Broncos Running back (7) Georgia
1999 XXXIII Elway, JohnJohn Elway* Denver Broncos (2) Quarterback (17) Stanford
2000 XXXIV Warner, KurtKurt Warner* St. Louis Rams Quarterback (18) Northern Iowa
2001 XXXV Lewis, RayRay Lewis* Baltimore Ravens Linebacker (2) Miami
2002 XXXVI Brady, Tom 1Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback (19) Michigan
2003 XXXVII Jackson, DexterDexter Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety (2) Florida State
2004 XXXVIII Brady, Tom 2Tom Brady (2) New England Patriots (2) Quarterback (20) Michigan
2005 XXXIX Branch, DeionDeion Branch New England Patriots (3) Wide receiver (4) Louisville
2006 XL Ward, HinesHines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers (5) Wide receiver (5) Georgia
2007 XLI Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning* Indianapolis Colts Quarterback (21) Tennessee
2008 XLII Manning, Eli 1Eli Manning New York Giants (3) Quarterback (22) Ole Miss
2009 XLIII Holmes, SantonioSantonio Holmes Pittsburgh Steelers (6) Wide receiver (6) Ohio State
2010 XLIV Brees, DrewDrew Brees New Orleans Saints Quarterback (23) Purdue
2011 XLV Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgersdagger Green Bay Packers (4) Quarterback (24) California
2012 XLVI Manning, Eli 2Eli Manning (2) New York Giants (4) Quarterback (25) Ole Miss
2013 XLVII Flacco, JoeJoe Flaccodagger Baltimore Ravens (2) Quarterback (26) Delaware
2014 XLVIII Smith, MalcolmMalcolm Smith Seattle Seahawks Linebacker (3) USC
2015 XLIX Brady, Tom 3Tom Brady (3) New England Patriots (4) Quarterback (27) Michigan
2016 50 Miller, VonVon Millerdagger Denver Broncos (3) Linebacker (4) Texas A&M
2017 LI Brady, Tom 4Tom Brady (4) New England Patriots (5) Quarterback (28) Michigan
2018 LII Foles, NickNick Foles Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback (29) Arizona
2019 LIII Edelman, JulianJulian Edelman New England Patriots (6) Wide receiver (7) Kent State
2020 LIV Mahomes, PatrickPatrick Mahomesdagger Kansas City Chiefs (2) Quarterback (30) Texas Tech
2021 LV Brady, TomTom Brady (5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2) Quarterback (31) Michigan
2022 LVI Kupp, CooperCooper Kupp dagger Los Angeles Rams (2) Wide receiver (8) Eastern Washington
2023 LVII Mahomes, PatrickPatrick Mahomes (2) dagger Kansas City Chiefs (3) Quarterback (32) Texas Tech

By team

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Emmitt Smith won the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award while playing for the Dallas Cowboys as their running back
Super Bowl MVPs by team
Team Total Super Bowl(s)
Dallas Cowboys 7 V, VI, XII, XXVII, XXVIII, XXX
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 IX, X, XIII, XIV, XL, XLIII
New England Patriots 6 XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII
San Francisco 49ers 5 XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX
Green Bay Packers 4 I, II, XXXI, XLV
New York Giants 4 XXI, XXV, XLII, XLVI
Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 3 XI, XV, XVIII
Washington Redskins 3 XVII, XXII, XXVI
Denver Broncos 3 XXXII, XXXIII, 50
Kansas City Chiefs 3 IV, LIV, LVII
Miami Dolphins 2 VII, VIII
Baltimore Ravens 2 XXXV, XLVII
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 XXXVII, LV
St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams 2 XXXIV, LVI
New York Jets 1 III
Chicago Bears 1 XX
Indianapolis Colts 1 XLI
New Orleans Saints 1 XLIV
Seattle Seahawks 1 XLVIII
Philadelphia Eagles 1 LII

By position

1983 Steelers Police - 04 Terry Bradshaw (crop)
Terry Bradshaw was the MVP of Super Bowls XIII and XIV while quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl MVPs by position
Position Total
Quarterback 32
Wide receiver 8
Running back 7
Linebacker 4
Defensive end 2
Safety 2
Cornerback 1
Defensive tackle 1
Kick returner/punt returner 1

Multiple winners

Eli Manning Giants QB
Quarterback Eli Manning was the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI while playing for the New York Giants
Player Position Team Wins Super Bowls
Brady, TomTom Brady Quarterback New England Patriots (4) / Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1) 5 XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI, LV
Montana, JoeJoe Montana* Quarterback San Francisco 49ers 3 XVI, XIX, XXIV
Starr, BartBart Starr* Quarterback Green Bay Packers 2 I, II
Bradshaw, TerryTerry Bradshaw* Quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers 2 XIII, XIV
Manning, EliEli Manning Quarterback New York Giants 2 XLII, XLVI
Mahomes, PatrickPatrick Mahomesdagger Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs 2 LIV, LVII

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