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The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time 

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Updated February 3, 2020 6.6k votes 547 voters 4k views 47 items

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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 from New Eagle

Age: 59

Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

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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Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Wide receiver from Crawford

Age: 53

Teams: Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

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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Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Montgomery

Age: 81

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

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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John Elway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Port Angeles

Age: 55

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

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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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from San Mateo

Age: 38

Teams: New England Patriots

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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Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Beaver Falls

Age: 72

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, New York Jets

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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Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Cincinnati

Age: 73

Teams: Navy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

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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Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Wide receiver from Alcoa

Age: 63

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, USC Trojans football

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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Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time

Age: 65

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State Nittany Lions football

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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Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back from San Diego

Age: 55

Teams: USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

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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Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back from San Diego

Age: 43

Teams: Denver Broncos, Georgia Bulldogs football team, Long Beach State 49ers football

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Larry Csonka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back and Fullback from Stow

Age: 69

Teams: Syracuse Orange football, Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen, New York Giants

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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Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from New Orleans

Age: 34

Teams: New York Giants

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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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from New Orleans

Age: 39

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Shreveport

Age: 67

Teams: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

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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Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time

Age: 68

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

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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John Riggins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back and Fullback from Seneca

Age: 66

Teams: Washington Redskins, New York Jets

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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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Salt Lake City

Age: 54

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Cougars football, Los Angeles Express

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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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Austin

Age: 36

Teams: New Orleans Saints

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Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Chico

Age: 32

Teams: Green Bay Packers

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Len Dawson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Alliance

Age: 80

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

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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Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Wide receiver from Erie

Age: 72

Teams: Oakland Raiders

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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Pittsburgh

Age: 62

Teams: Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Running back from Pensacola

Age: 46

Teams: Florida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

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Kurt Warner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
Quarterback from Burlington

Age: 44

Teams: Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Northern Iowa Panthers football, + more

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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