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Super Bowl MVP winners: Who has won the award most in NFL history?

More than 26,000 men have played in the National Football League. Only 47 of them can claim to be a Super Bowl MVP.

There have been 54 Super Bowls prior to 2021. Five players have won the award more than once — all quarterbacks, believe it or not. In one Super Bowl, two players received the award (Dallas’ Harvey Martin and Randy White). But most of the men who’ve won Super Bowl MVP have done it only once, one career-defining moment on the biggest stage in American sports.

Below, we’ve broken down the history of the Super Bowl MVP award, including which player has won it more than any other (it’s not a surprising name).

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Who has won the most Super Bowl MVP awards?

The G.O.A.T. has won the most Super Bowl MVP awards. That’s right, the answer is Tom Brady. He’s claimed six rings in his career, and four of those times he was also named Super Bowl MVP.

Five players in total have claimed the award multiple times. They’re all quarterbacks. They are as follows:

Tom Brady – 4Joe Montana – 3Bart Starr – 2Terry Bradshaw – 2Eli Manning – 2

Fittingly, both of Manning’s Super Bowl MVP awards (one more than his brother, Peyton) came against Brady, the king of the Super Bowl MVP winners.

As of February 2021, the last decade’s worth of Super Bowl MVP award winners are all active, giving them at least an outside shot of claiming a second and joining this even more exclusive club. Patrick Mahomes claimed Super Bowl MVP for the first time in just his second season as a starter and could have a decade or more to add to his particular total.

Super Bowl MVPs

Year
Super Bowl
MVP
Team
Pos
1967
I
Bart Starr
Packers
QB
1968
II
Bart Starr (2)
Packers
QB
1969
III
Joe Namath
Jets
QB
1970
IV
Len Dawson
Chiefs
QB
1971
V
Chuck Howley
Cowboys
LB
1972
VI
Roger Staubach
Cowboys
QB
1973
VII
Jake Scott
Dolphins
S
1974
VIII
Larry Csonka
Dolphins
RB
1975
IX
Franco Harris
Steelers
RB
1976
X
Lynn Swann
Steelers
WR
1977
XI
Fred Biletnikoff
Raiders
WR
1978
XII
Harvey Martin/Randy White
Cowboys
DE/DT
1979
XIII
Terry Bradshaw
Steelers
QB
1980
XIV
Terry Bradshaw (2)
Steelers
QB
1981
XV
Jim Plunkett
Raiders
QB
1982
XVI
Joe Montana
49ers
QB
1983
XVII
John Riggins
Redskins
RB
1984
XVIII
Marcus Allen
Raiders
RB
1985
XIX
Joe Montana (2)
49ers
QB
1986
XX
Richard Dent
Bears
DE
1987
XXI
Phil Simms
Giants
QB
1988
XXII
Doug Williams
Redskins
QB
1989
XXIII
Jerry Rice
49ers
WR
1990
XXIV
Joe Montana (3)
49ers
QB
1991
XXV
Ottis Anderson
Giants
RB
1992
XXVI
Mark Rypien
Redskins
QB
1993
XXVII
Troy Aikman
Cowboys
QB
1994
XXVIII
Emmitt Smith
Cowboys
RB
1995
XXIX
Steve Young
49ers
QB
1996
XXX
Larry Brown
Cowboys
CB
1997
XXXI
Desmond Howard
Packers
KR/PR
1998
XXXII
Terrell Davis
Broncos
RB
1999
XXXIII
John Elway
Broncos
QB
2000
XXXIV
Kurt Warner
Rams
QB
2001
XXXV
Ray Lewis
Ravens
LB
2002
XXXVI
Tom Brady
Patriots
QB
2003
XXXVII
Dexter Jackson
Buccaneers
S
2004
XXXVIII
Tom Brady (2)
Patriots
QB
2005
XXXIX
Deion Branch
Patriots
WR
2006
XL
Hines Ward
Steelers
WR
2007
XLI
Peyton Manning
Colts
QB
2008
XLII
Eli Manning
Giants
QB
2009
XLIII
Santonio Holmes
Steelers
WR
2010
XLIV
Drew Brees
Saints
QB
2011
XLV
Aaron Rodgers
Packers
QB
2012
XLVI
Eli Manning (2)
Giants
QB
2013
XLVII
Joe Flacco
Ravens
QB
2014
XLVIII
Malcolm Smith
Seahawks
LB
2015
XLIX
Tom Brady (3)
Patriots
QB
2016
L
Von Miller
Broncos
LB
2017
LI
Tom Brady (4)
Patriots
QB
2018
LII
Nick Foles
Eagles
QB
2019
LIII
Julian Edelman
Patriots
WR
2020
LIV
Patrick Mahomes
Chiefs
QB

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