No one is quite glorified in NFL history like a Super Bowl MVP. The player who came up biggest on the biggest stage in the world is immortalized forever. Super Bowl MVP positions are not always the quarterback. Plenty of other players have taken home the hardware.
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Super Bowl MVP Positions
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that quarterbacks dominate past Super Bowl MVP positions. After all, the quarterback is the most important position and is often called upon to lead his team to championships. Of the 55 Super Bowls so far, 31 quarterbacks have won the award. The last two MVP winners have been QBs (Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes) and four of the last five have been (Nick Foles and Tom Brady again).
But 31/55 MVPs being named quarterback means 23/55 have been other positions. Most recently Julian Edelman of the Patriots won the award as a receiver after hauling in 141 receiving yards in a game devoid of offense. Edelman became the seventh receiver to be named MVP after other players like Jerry Rice and Hines Ward. A few of the more obscure MVPs are receivers, namely Deion Branch (2005) and Santonio Holmes (2009).
Running backs have also win the award seven times, but haven’t won one since 1998 (Terrell Davis). The Dolphins‘ Larry Csonka and Steelers‘ Franco Harris are technically listed as a fullbacks, but were the team’s primary ballcarriers.
On the defensive side of the ball, 10 players have been named MVP. Linebackers lead the way with four– most recently the Broncos’ Von Miller– and defensive backs and defensive linemen have three each. Notable defensive players to have won the award include Ray Lewis (Ravens) and Richard Dent (Bears). The only co-MVPs in the Super Bowl were Cowboys defensive linemen Randy White and Harvey Martin in 1977.
Desmond Howard is the only special teams player to be named Super Bowl MVP. Howard– also a Heisman Trophy winner– returned a kickoff 99 yards for the Packers in the game-sealing touchdown. He didn’t record a reception in the game, making him a true special teamer.
Super Bowl MVP By Year
|1978||XII||Harvey Martin, Randy White||DL||Cowboys|