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The Super Bowl MVP Award is an award handed out to the most valuable player in the Super Bowl. 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. Traditionally, the award goes to a player on the winning team. However there has been one occassion where the losing team got the MVP Award.
Super Bowl IEdit
Bart Starr] was the MVP of Super Bowl I. Starr was the first winner of the MVP award. He passed for 250 yards, and 2 touchdowns during the game. The Green Bay Packers won by 25 points. His top target in the game was Max McGee.
Super Bowl IIEdit
Bart Starr was also named the MVP of Super Bowl II. Making him one of four players to be named MVP in two different Super Bowls. His performance in Super Bowl II wasn't as good as his performance in the first Super Bowl, completing only 13 of 24 passes for one touchdown, and one interception. His top target in the game was Carroll Dale.
Super Bowl IIIEdit
Joe Namath was the MVP of Super Bowl III. Becoming the second player to hold the title. Namath had boldly guaranteed the Jets to win Super Bowl III. Though he threw no touchdowns, he was still named the MVP. It was running back Matt Snell who had the sole touchdown for the New York Jets. Namath's top target for the game was George Sauer.
Super Bowl IVEdit
Super Bowl VEdit
Chuck Howley was the MVP of Super Bowl V. He was the first defensive player to win the award, and the first non-quarterback. Despite winning the award, his team, the Dallas Cowboys, lost Super Bowl V. It is the only time in Super Bowl History that a player on the losing team received the award. He intercepted two passes from Johnny Unitas during the game. Howley refused to accept the award, as it had no meaning to him because his team had lost.
Super Bowl VIEdit
Roger Staubach was the MVP of Super Bowl VI. He threw two touchdowns during the course of the game. He was the fourth different Quarterback to be named MVP. His favorite target in the game was Duane Thomas, though he threw to six different receivers. Though Staubach received the MVP, it was probably the rushing game of the Cowboys that allowed them to win the Super Bowl, rushing for a combined 252 yards, a Super Bowl record at the time.
Super Bowl VIIEdit
Jake Scott was the MVP of Super Bowl VII. He was the second defensive player to be named MVP. He was the first defensive player to be named MVP that also won the Super Bowl in that year. He intercepted two of Billy Kilmer's passes during the game, helping the Miami Dolphins overcome the Washington Redskins 14-7.
Super Bowl VIIIEdit
Larry Csonka was the MVP of Super Bowl VIII. He was the first Running Back to be named Super Bowl MVP. He ran for 145 yards, and two touchdowns during the course of the game-- scoring almost a third of the points for the Miami Dolphins. He helped them become the second team to win back to back Super Bowls.
Super Bowl IXEdit
Super Bowl XEdit
Lynn Swann was the MVP of Super Bowl X. He was the first Wide Receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP. He had 161 yards and one touchdown. He had four receptions in the game, including a 64 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw which he took for his sole Touchdown.
Super Bowl XIEdit
Fred Biletnikoff was the MVP of Super Bowl XI. He was the second Wide Receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP. Though he didn't score any touchdowns, he did set up three for the Oakland Raiders which would help them win the game. Of the six Wide Receivers named MVP, Biletnikoff is the only one not to have 100 receiving yards in the game.
Super Bowl XIIEdit
Randy White and Harvey Martin Defensive End and Defensive Linemen respectively were Co-MVP's of Super Bowl XII. It was the first time that two players would share the honor. The Dallas Cowboys Defense allowed only 8 completions from Quarterbacks Craig Norton and Norris Weese for a combined 61 yards. Morton had 4 interceptions in the game, and the Denver Broncos turned the ball over four other times as well.
Super Bowl XIIIEdit
Terry Bradshaw was the MVP of Super Bowl XIII. In a matchup that had two teams fighting for their third Super Bowl, Bradshaw started off poorly, keeping the Dallas Cowboys in the game with an interception, and two fumbles, he managed 318 yards, and 4 touchdowns, winning the Pittsburgh Steelers their third Super Bowl. His favorite target was Lynn Swann who had 7 catches for 124 yards.
Super Bowl XIVEdit
Terry Bradshaw became the second player to be named MVP a second time, with Super Bowl XIV, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to their fourth Super Bowl. He was named MVP despite having 3 interceptions in the game. His favorite target once again was Lynn Swann.
Super Bowl XVEdit
Jim Plunkett was the MVP of Super Bowl XV. Plunkett had three touchdowns over the course of the game, with 261 passing yards. His favorite target was Cliff Branch. He was the second Heisman Trophy winner to be named Super Bowl MVP as well after Roger Staubach.
Super Bowl XVIEdit
Joe Montana was the MVP of Super Bowl XVI. He passed for 157 yards, and one touchdown, and ran a touchdown in as well. His favorite targets were Freddie Solomon and Dwight Clark. It was a highly contested game that started off great for the San Francisco 49ers. But the Cincinnati Bengals managed to catch up, making a close game of it in the second half.
Super Bowl XVIIEdit
John Riggins was the MVP of Super Bowl XVII. Riggins ran for 166 yards and one touchdown. He also had a reception for 15 yards. That reception gave him more yards than the entire Miami Dolphins team. This Super Bowl came at the end of the players strike.
Super Bowl XVIIIEdit
Marcus Allen was the MVP of Super Bowl XVIII. He ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the game, including a run of 74 yards, which is now the second longest run in a Super Bowl ever. He averaged 9.6 yards per attempt in the game.
Super Bowl XIXEdit
Joe Montana was the MVP of Super Bowl XIX. He became the third player to be named MVP in more than one Super Bowl, and the only player to not do so back to back. He had 331 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He also had one rushing touchdown and 59 rushing yards. His favorite target to throw to was Roger Craig, though he had four receivers with 4 or more catches in the game.
Super Bowl XXEdit
Richard Dent was the MVP of Super Bowl XX. Dent was a Defensive End who forced two fumbles in the game. He was the first Defensive player to win the MVP in seven years. It would be another nine years after him, for another Defensive player to be named MVP.
Super Bowl XXIEdit
Phil Simms was the MVP of Super Bowl XXI. He had 268 yards for 3 touchdowns. He holds the record for highest completion percentage in the Super Bowl with 88%. His favorite target was Mark Bavaro. He had three different receivers with 50 or more yards.
Super Bowl XXIIEdit
Doug Williams was the MVP of Super Bowl XXII. Williams became the first African-American Quarterback to win a Super Bowl with his win. He had a total of 340 yards for 4 touchdowns. Of special note, all four of his touchdowns were scored in the second quarter. With his performance, he became the first player in Super Bowl history to throw for four touchdowns in a half, and in a quarter. His favorite target was Ricky Sanders to whom he threw 9 times. Sanders received two of Williams' touchdowns, and 193 yards.
Super Bowl XXIIIEdit
Jerry Rice was the MVP of Super Bowl XXIII. Rice had 215 yards, and one touchdown. He also set a record for number of receptions by a Wide Receiver in a Super Bowl with 11. Rice ended up being the last MVP under NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.
Super Bowl XXIVEdit
Joe Montana was the MVP of Super Bowl XXIV. Making him the only player to be named MVP three times. This is in spite of him never winning the title in back to back years, though an argument could be made for him being MVP the previous year as well. This was also his fourth Super Bowl. He had 295 passing yards, and 5 touchdowns. He also set the record for most consecutive passes completed in a Super Bowl at 13. His favorite target was Jerry Rice who he threw three of his five touchdown passes to.
Super Bowl XXVEdit
Super Bowl XXVIEdit
Mark Rypien was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVI. The Washington Redskins had jumped to a 24-0 lead early in the third quarter. Rypien passed for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game. His favorite targets were Art Monk and Gary Clark.
Super Bowl XXVIIEdit
Troy Aikman was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII. It was the third try for the Buffalo Bills against an NFC East team in the Super Bowl. And yet again they came up short. Aikman threw for 273 yards and 4 touchdowns. His favorite targets were Jay Novacek, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. All of which had 6 or more catches in the game.
Super Bowl XXVIIIEdit
Emmitt Smith was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII. It was the fourth try for Jim Kelly and the Buffalo Bills against an NFC East team in the Super Bowl. And it was also the second try in a row against the Dallas Cowboys. Smith had 108 rushing yards and a touchdown in the game. It would be the last time two 1 seeds faced off in the Super Bowl until 2009.
Super Bowl XXIXEdit
Steve Young was the MVP of [[Super Bowl XXIX]. It was the fifth super bowl win for the San Francisco 49ers. Young threw for 325 yards and 6 touchdowns (a super bowl record). He tied Doug Williams for the most touchdowns in a half. His favorite target was Jerry Rice who almost tied his own record for most receptions in a Super Bowl. Rice caught three of Young's 6 touchdowns.
Super Bowl XXXEdit
Super Bowl XXXIEdit
Desmond Howard was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXI. He became the first member of the special teams unit to do so. He had 154 return yards, and a 99 yard return for a touchdown that clinched the game for the Green Bay Packers.
Super Bowl XXXIIEdit
Super Bowl XXXIIIEdit
John Elway was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII. He passed for 336 yards, and one touchdown. He also ran a touchdown in. He was the oldest player ever named Super Bowl MVP. His favorite target was Rod Smith. Elway retired just months after winning the honor.
Super Bowl XXXIVEdit
Kurt Warner was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV. He passed for 414 yards and 2 touchdowns. This performance gave him two Super Bowl records-- most attempts without an interception (45), and most yards in a single game. His favorite targets were Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, all of which had at least 5 receptions, and 90 or more receiving yards.
Super Bowl XXXVEdit
Super Bowl XXXVIEdit
Tom Brady was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVI. He had 145 yards, and one touchdown. But his crowning achievement was marching his team down the field for the game winning drive. Brady's favorite target was Troy Brown.
Super Bowl XXXVIIEdit
Super Bowl XXXVIIIEdit
Tom Brady was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVIII. Which makes him the fourth, and last player to be named MVP more than once. He also becomes the second player not to do so in consecutive years. Brady threw for 354 yards and 3 touchdowns. His favorite target was Deion Branch.
Super Bowl XXXIXEdit
Deion Branch was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX. Branch tied the record for most receptions in a Super Bowl at 11. He also had 133 receiving yards. He also set the record for most receptions in back to back Super Bowls at 21. He was the third offensive player to win the honor without scoring a touchdown.
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Super Bowl XLIEdit
Peyton Manning was the MVP of Super Bowl XLI. He had 247 yards and a single touchdown in the game. His favorite target was Running Back Joseph Addai, whom he passed to a total of 10 times. Manning's longest pass in the game was 53 yards to Reggie Wayne.
Super Bowl XLIIEdit
Eli Manning was the MVP of Super Bowl XLII. He and his brother won MVP's back to back. Manning won because of his game winning drive, where he avoided a sack, and completed a pass to David Tyree to keep the drive alive. He passed for 255 yards, and 1 touchdown in the game. His favorite target was Amani Toomer, but his single touchdown pass was to Tyree.
Super Bowl XLIIIEdit
Sanantonio Holmes was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII. Holmes had 9 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in the game. His touchdown came late in the 4th quarter, giving the Arizona Cardinals little time to make a comeback. Holmes effectively won the game for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Super Bowl XLIVEdit
Drew Brees was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Brees tied Tom Brady's record of 32 completions in a single Super Bowl. He and Peyton Manning set the record for most completions by both Quarterbacks combined in a Super Bowl as well. Brees passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns in the game. He had 8 receivers with a reception, and 3 with six or more receptions. His favorite targets were Marques Colston and Devery Henderson.