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The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time  

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A list of the best Super Bowl MVPs of all time. The Super Bowl has become one of America's greatest traditions. Along with apple pie, there are few things more American than the Super Bowl. The game, which takes places the first Sunday of February, pits the two best NFL teams from the AFC and NFC for the right to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy. Another interesting facet of the game is who will win the Super Bowl MVP. Only one time in the game's history has a member of the losing team been named Super Bowl MVP. Otherwise, you'll see a list of who's who of the NFL's greatest players of all time.

The players who have been named the Super Bowl's standout player are some of the most recognizable names in football. You'll see names like Joe Namath, Troy Aikman and Jerry Rice on here, but it takes a special player to win the MVP twice. Only a handful of players can say they've done it twice. Those players include Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Tom Brady and Eli Manning.

These are the greatest Super Bowl MVPs of all time. These are the best players to ever take home the Super Bowl MVP. Vote or re-rank this list according to who you think had the greatest performance in Super Bowl history.
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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid", is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football ...more

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Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Bryan Bartlett Starr (January 9, 1934 – May 26, 2019) was a professional American football quarterback and coach. Starr played college football at the University of Alabama, and was selected by ...more

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Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back
Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960) is an American former football running back and football analyst for CBS. As a professional, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,412 ...more

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John Elway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is currently general manager and President of Football Operations of the Denver Broncos of the National ...more

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Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Wide receiver
Lynn Curtis Swann (born March 7, 1952) is an American football player, broadcaster, politician, and athletic director, best known for his association with the University of Southern California ...more

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Larry Csonka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back, Fullback
Larry Richard Csonka (; born December 25, 1946) is a former professional American football fullback and was inducted to both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. With ...more

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Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942), nicknamed "Roger the Dodger", "Captain America" and "Captain Comeback", is an American former football quarterback in ...more

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Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Joseph William Namath (; born May 31, 1943), nicknamed Broadway Joe, is an American former football quarterback and actor. He played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide under coach ...more

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Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Franco Harris (born March 7, 1950) is an American former football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. ...more

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Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
James William Plunkett (born December 5, 1947) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen seasons. He achieved his greatest success ...more

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Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Wide receiver
Jerry Lee Rice Sr. (born October 13, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. Due to his ...more

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Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back
Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972) is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2001. Davis was ...more

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Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football quarterback and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 19 seasons for three professional teams, the last 14 ...more

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John Riggins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back, Fullback
Robert John Riggins (born August 4, 1949), nicknamed "The Diesel" and "Riggo", is an American former football running back who played professionally in the National Football ...more

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Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Elisha Nelson Manning IV (born January 3, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of ...more

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Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Wide receiver
Frederick S. Biletnikoff (born February 23, 1943) is a former gridiron football player and coach. He was a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League (AFL) and ...more

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Brady has played in nine Super ...more

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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
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Randall Lee White (born January 15, 1953) is a former American football defensive tackle. He attended the University of Maryland from 1971 to 1974, and played professionally for the Dallas ...more

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. ...more

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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college football career ...more

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948) is an American former football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). Since 1994, he has been a television ...more

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons ...more

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Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Rodgers played college football for the ...more

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Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback
Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971) is an American former football quarterback. He played for three National Football League (NFL) teams: the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the ...more

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back
Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969) is a former college and professional American football running back who became the National Football League's (NFL) all-time leading rusher during his ...more

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