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The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time

Updated February 3, 2020 7.0k votes 566 voters 4.2k views47 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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  • 1
    Joe Montana - 1982, 1985, 1990

    BirthplaceNew Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age64

    TeamsNotre 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",... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Roger Staubach - 1972
    109
    61

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    Age78

    TeamsNavy Midshipmen football, Dallas Cowboys

    Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942), nicknamed "Roger the Dodger", "Captain America"... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Joe Namath - 1969
    116
    68

    BirthplaceBeaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age77

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, New York Jets

    Joseph William Namath (; born May 31, 1943), nicknamed Broadway Joe, is an American former... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Lynn Swann - 1976
    104
    54

    Lynn Swann - 1976

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceAlcoa, Tennessee, United States of America

    Age68

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, USC Trojans football

    Lynn Curtis Swann (born March 7, 1952) is an American football player, broadcaster,... more on Wikipedia

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    #13 of 38 The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s#17 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

  • 5
    John Elway - 1999
    123
    73

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

    Age60

    TeamsStanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

    John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Marcus Allen - 1984
    97
    50

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA

    Age60

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

    Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960) is an American former football running back and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Bart Starr - 1967, 1968
    126
    79

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Age86

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

    Bryan Bartlett Starr (January 9, 1934 – May 26, 2019) was a professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Eli Manning - 2008, 2012
    109
    68

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age39

    TeamsNew York Giants

    Elisha Nelson Manning IV (born January 3, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Franco Harris - 1975
    Franco Harris (born March 7, 1950) is an American former football running back who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Larry Csonka - 1974
    89
    47

    Larry Csonka - 1974

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceStow, Ohio, United States of America

    Age69

    TeamsSyracuse Orange football, Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen, New York Giants

    Larry Richard Csonka (; born December 25, 1946) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Jim Plunkett - 1981
    James William Plunkett (born December 5, 1947) is a former American football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Jerry Rice - 1989
    158
    122

    Jerry Rice - 1989

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceCrawford, Mississippi, United States of America

    Age57

    TeamsMississippi 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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Len Dawson - 1970
    81
    42

    BirthplaceAlliance, Ohio, United States of America

    Age85

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

    Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football quarterback and a member... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Peyton Manning - 2007
    106
    98

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age44

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

    Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    John Riggins - 1983
    81
    47

    John Riggins - 1983

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceSeneca, Kansas, United States of America

    Age71

    TeamsWashington Redskins, New York Jets

    Robert John Riggins (born August 4, 1949), nicknamed "The Diesel" and "Riggo", is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Tom Brady - 2002, 2004, 2015, 2017

    BirthplaceSan Mateo, California, United States of America

    Age43

    TeamsNew England Patriots

    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Terry Bradshaw - 1979, 1980

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, USA

    Age72

    TeamsLouisiana Tech Bulldogs football, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948) is an American former football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Terrell Davis - 1998
    100
    66

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Age47

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Georgia Bulldogs football team, Long Beach State 49ers football

    Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972) is a former American football running back who... more on Wikipedia

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    #47 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#15 of 44 The Best University of Georgia Football Players of All Time

  • 19
    Drew Brees - 2010
    107
    101

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

    Age41

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Randy White - 1978
    78
    44

    Randy White - 1978

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    Age67

    TeamsMaryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

    Randall Lee White (born January 15, 1953) is a former American football defensive tackle. He... more on Wikipedia

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    #48 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#8 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

  • 21
    Steve Young - 1995
    101
    109

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Age58

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, BYU Cougars football, Los Angeles Express

    Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Aaron Rodgers - 2011
    106
    115

    BirthplaceChico, California

    Age36

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Aaron Charles Rodgers (born December 2, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Fred Biletnikoff - 1977
    75
    45

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age77

    TeamsOakland Raiders

    Frederick S. Biletnikoff (born February 23, 1943) is a former gridiron football player and... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Troy Aikman - 1993
    65
    70

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

    Age53

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Emmitt Smith - 1994
    74
    86

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    Age51

    TeamsFlorida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

    Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969) is a former college and professional American... more on Wikipedia

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