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Super Bowl MVPS

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Most Valuable Player Recipients and Other Fun Facts

To be selected as one of the Super Bowl MVPS means that you have reached the ultimate pinnacle of success as a football player. As a football season progresses, the players, as well as the teams, move forward based on their worthiness. When the season ends, only the best teams will have survived to play once again. And to play once again means to play in the National Football League’s Championship Game. This game, held on “Super Bowl Sunday” and called “The Super Bowl,” is the culmination of many weeks of hard work and play.

For a football player, the prestige and honor of playing in the Super Bowl might be the highlight of his career. So, just imagine the feeling of euphoria a player would feel having been chosen as the Most Valuable Player of this game. This honor will place him in a very exclusive group of football super stars.

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How Are Super Bowl MVPS Selected?

You, too, can be part of the MVPS selection process. By using your cell phone or going online, you can vote for your choice for the Most Valuable Player Award. These votes, fan votes, count for 20%. The other 80% of the votes, cast by 16 members of the sports media, are added to the fan votes to determine who will be given the Most Valuable Player Award and join that elite group of Super Bowl MVPS.

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Who Has Received The Most Valuable Player Awards?

2015   XLIX (49)   ???

2014   XLVIII (48)   Malcolm Smith
            LB, Seattle Seahawks
            Seattle Seahawks 43 - Denver Broncos 8

2013   XLVII (47)     Joe Flacco
           QB, Baltimore Ravens
           Baltimore Ravens 34 – San Francisco 49ers 31

2012   XLVI (46)    Eli Manning
           QB, New York Giants
           New York Giants 21 – New England Patriots 17

2011   XLV (45)    Aaron Rodgers
           QB, Green Bay Packers
           Green Bay Packers 31 – Pittsburgh Steelers 25

2010   XLIV (44)    Drew Brees
            QB, New Orleans Saints
            New Orleans Saints 31 – Indianapolis Colts 17

2009    XLIII (43)    Santonio Holmes
            WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
            Pittsburgh Steelers 27 – Arizona Cardinals 23

2008    XLII (42)    Eli Manning
            QB, New York Giants
            New York Giants 17 – New England Patriots 14

2007    XLI (41)    Peyton Manning
            QB, Indianapolis Colts
            Indianapolis Colts 29 – Chicago Bears 17

2006    XL (40)    Hines Ward
            WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
            Pittsburgh Steelers 21 – Seattle Seahawks 10

2005    XXXIX (39)    Deion Branch
            WR, New England Patriots
            New England Patriots 24 – Philadelphia Eagles 21

2004    XXXVIII (38)    Tom Brady
            QB, New England Patriots
            New England Patriots 32 – Carolina Panthers 29

2003    XXXVII (37)    Dexter Jackson
            S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
            Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 – Oakland Raiders 21

2002    XXXVI     (36)    Tom Brady
            QB, New England Patriots
            New England Patriots 20 – St. Louis Rams 17

2001    XXXV (35)    Ray Lewis
            LB, Baltimore Ravens
            Baltimore Ravens 34 – New York Giants 7

2000    XXXIV (34)    Kurt Warner
            QB, St. Louis Rams
            St. Louis Rams 23 – Tennessee Titans 16

1999    XXXIII (33)    John Elway
            QB, Denver Broncos
            Denver Broncos 34 – Atlanta Falcons 19

1998    XXXII (32)    Terrell Davis
            RB, Denver Broncos
            Denver Broncos 31 – Green Bay Packers 24

1997    XXXI (31)    Desmond Howard
            KR, Green Bay Packers
            Green Bay Packers 35 – New England Patriots 21

1996    XXX (30)    Larry Brown
            CB, Dallas Cowboys
            Dallas Cowboys 27 – Pittsburgh Steelers 17

1995    XXIX (29)    Steve Young
            QB, San Francisco 49ers
            San Francisco 49ers 49 – San Diego Chargers 26

1994    XXVIII (28)    Emmitt Smith
            RB, Dallas Cowboys
            Dallas Cowboys 30 – Buffalo Bills 13

1993    XXVII (27)    Troy Aikman
            QB, Dallas Cowboys
            Dallas Cowboys 52 – Buffalo Bills 17

1992    XXVI (26)    Mark Rypien
            QB, Washington Redskins
            Washington Redskins 37 – Buffalo Bills 24

1991    XXV (25)    Ottis Anderson
            RB, New York Giants
            New York Giants 20 – Buffalo Bills 19

1990    XXIV (24)    Joe Montana
            QB, San Francisco 49ers
            San Francisco 49ers 55 – Denver Broncos 10

1989    XXIII (23)    Jerry Rice
            WR, San Francisco 49ers
            San Francisco 49ers 20 – Cincinnati Bengals 16

1988    XXII (22)    Doug Williams
            QB, Washington Redskins
            Washington Redskins 42 – Denver Broncos 10

1987    XXI (21)    Phil Simms
            QB, New York Giants
            New York Giants 39 – Denver Broncos 20

1986    XX (20)    Richard Dent
            DE, Chicago Bears
            Chicago Bears 46 – New England Patriots 10

1985    XIX (19)    Joe Montana
            QB, San Francisco 49ers
            San Francisco 49ers 38 – Miami Dolphins 16

1984    XVIII (18)    Marcus Allen
            RB, Los Angeles Raiders
            Los Angeles Raiders 38 – Washington Redskins 9

1983    XVII (17)    John Riggins
            RB, Washington Redskins
            Washington Redskins 27 – Miami Dolphins 17

1982    XVI (16)    Joe Montana
            QB, San Francisco 49ers
            San Francisco 49ers 26 – Cincinnati Bengals 21

1981    XV (15)    Jim Plunkett
            QB, Oakland Raiders
            Oakland Raiders 27 – Philadelphia Eagles 10

1980    XIV (14)    Terry Bradshaw
            QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
            Pittsburgh Steelers 31 – Los Angeles Rams 19

1979    XIII (13)    Terry Bradshaw
            QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
            Pittsburgh Steelers 35 – Dallas Cowboys 31

1978    XII (12)    Randy White
            DT, Dallas Cowboys
            Harvey Martin
            DE, Dallas Cowboys
            Dallas Cowboys 27 – Denver Broncos 10

1977    XI (11)    Fred Biletnikoff
            WR, Oakland Raiders
            Oakland Raiders 32 – Minnesota Vikings 14

1976    X (10)        Lynn Swann
            WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
            Pittsburgh Steelers 21 – Dallas Cowboys 17

1975    IX (9)        Franco Harris
            RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
            Pittsburgh Steelers 16 – Minnesota Vikings 6

1974    VIII (8)    Larry Csonka
            RB, Miami Dolphins
            Miami Dolphins 24 – Minnesota Vikings 7

1973    VII (7)        Jake Scott
            S, Miami Dolphins
            Miami Dolphins 14 – Washington Redskins 7

1972    VI (6)        Roger Staubach
            QB, Dallas Cowboys
            Dallas Cowboys 24 – Miami Dolphins 3

1971    V (5)        Chuck Howley
            LB, Dallas Cowboys
            Baltimore Colts 16 – Dallas Cowboys 13

1970    IV (4)        Len Dawson
            QB, Kansas City Chiefs
            Kansas City Chiefs 23  - Minnesota Vikings 7

1969    III (3)        Joe Namath
            QB, New York Jets
            New York Jets 16 – Baltimore Colts 7

1968    II (2)        Bart Starr
            QB, Green Bay Packers
            Green Bay Packers 33 – Oakland Raiders 14

1967    I (1)        Bart Starr
            QB, Green Bay Packers
            Green Bay Packers 35 – Kansas City Chiefs 10

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Players Who Have Been Named Super Bowl MVPS Multiple Times

 

While being chosen as one of the MVPS is a great accomplishment, can you imagine the excitement of receiving yet another Most Valuable Player Award? So far, there have been several players to achieve this honor. Joe Montana was named MVP for Game XVI (1982), Game XIX (1985), and Game XXIV (1990), making three MVPS for him. Bart Starr was named MVP for Game I (1967) and Game II (1968), making two MVPS for him. Terry Bradshaw also has two Super Bowl MVPS for Game XIII (1979) and Game XIV (1980). Another player holding two Super Bowl MVPS is Tom Brady for Game XXXVI (2002) and XXXVIII (2004). Eli Manning joined the exclusive club of two time MVPS when he received this award after Game XLVI (2012); he had previously received this honor for Game XLII (2008).

 

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Some Interesting Super Bowl MVPS Trivia

Super Bowl XII, played in 1978, added two players to the MVPS list. In a tied vote, Randy White and Harvey Martin, both Dallas Cowboys, were awarded the honor, making this a first for the records.

Game XLI and Game XLII added yet another interesting tidbit to the Super Bowls MVPS history. In 2007, Peyton Manning, a quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for that game. The next year, in 2008, at Game XLII, his younger brother, Eli Manning, a quarterback for the New York Giants, received the same coveted award. And they are the only brothers who have achieved this honor. Eli Manning won this prestigious award, again, at Game XLVI (2012).

Another interesting fact is, typically, the MVP is a player from the winning team. However, in 1971, Game V, Chuck Howley, a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, was awarded this honor even though his team lost to the Baltimore Colts.

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In Closing

Little did anyone know, when that first game was played on January 15, 1967, in Los Angeles, California, what a phenomenon it would create. Now, fans of this great sport mark their calendars far in advance, plan their days off, and book vacations away from this date. Parties are planned around the game, and all sorts of logo decorations are used to show support for their team. A lot of effort goes into these celebrations. They cheer for their favorite team, and cast a vote, hoping their favorite player becomes one of the Super Bowl MVPS.

 

Resources:
www.superbowlhistory.net
www.wikipedia.org
http://www.nfl.com

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Comments

Feb 4, 2012 2:11pm
Aleo
We are looking on with interest. May the best team win! Congratulations on the feature.
Feb 4, 2012 9:46pm
southerngirl09
Thanks, Aleo, for stopping by and commenting on my article. Super Bowl is a big event here.
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