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The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time

Updated February 3, 2020 7.1k votes 572 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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  • Joe Montana - 1982, 1985, 19901

    BirthplaceNew Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age59

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

    Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid",...  more

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  • Joe Namath - 19692
    116
    68

    BirthplaceBeaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age72

    TeamsNew York Jets, Los Angeles Rams

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

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  • John Elway - 19993
    124
    73

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

    Age55

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is...  more

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  • Marcus Allen - 19844
    99
    50

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Age55

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

    Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960) is an American former football running back and...  more

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  • Roger Staubach - 19725
    109
    62

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    Age73

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942), nicknamed "Roger the Dodger", "Captain America"...  more

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  • Bart Starr - 1967, 19686
    126
    81

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Age81

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Bryan Bartlett Starr (January 9, 1934 – May 26, 2019) was a professional American football...  more

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  • Lynn Swann - 19767
    104
    56

    Lynn Swann - 1976

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceAlcoa, Tennessee, USA

    Age68

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, USC Trojans football

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

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    #16 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#20 of 38 The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s

  • Eli Manning - 2008, 20128
    109
    69

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age34

    TeamsNew York Giants

    Elisha Nelson Manning IV (born January 3, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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  • Jerry Rice - 19899
    159
    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

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  • Larry Csonka - 197410
    89
    49

    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

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  • Franco Harris - 197511
    Franco Harris (born March 7, 1950) is an American former football running back who played...  more

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  • Jim Plunkett - 198112
    James William Plunkett (born December 5, 1947) is a former American football quarterback who...  more

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  • Len Dawson - 197013
    83
    43

    BirthplaceAlliance, Ohio, United States of America

    Age80

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

    Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football quarterback and a member...  more

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  • Peyton Manning - 200714
    107
    99

    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

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  • Terrell Davis - 199815
    102
    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

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  • Tom Brady - 2002, 2004, 2015, 201716

    BirthplaceSan Mateo, California, United States of America

    Age38

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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  • Terry Bradshaw - 1979, 198017

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age67

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

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

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  • John Riggins - 198318
    81
    50

    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

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  • Drew Brees - 201019
    108
    101

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

    Age36

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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  • Steve Young - 199520
    102
    109

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Age54

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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  • Aaron Rodgers - 201121
    107
    115

    BirthplaceChico, California

    Age32

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

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

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  • Fred Biletnikoff - 197722
    75
    47

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age77

    TeamsOakland Raiders

    Frederick S. Biletnikoff (born February 23, 1943) is a former gridiron football player and...  more
  • Randy White - 197823
    78
    46

    Randy White - 1978

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age67

    TeamsMaryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

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

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  • Emmitt Smith - 199424
    76
    87

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    Age46

    TeamsFlorida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

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

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  • Troy Aikman - 199325
    66
    70

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

    Age49

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who...  more

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