Super Bowl MVP betting trends

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January 27th, 2020

The Super Bowl MVP is given annually to the most valuable player of the NFL’s championship game. This year, Patrick Mahomes is the frontrunner to earn the award in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 in Tampa.

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Let’s dive into the history of the highest individual honor of the Super Bowl to determine who is most likely to claim the Pete Rozelle Trophy on Sunday night in Tampa.

Super Bowl MVPs by position

Position# of wins
Running back
Wide receiver
Defensive end
Defensive tackle
Kick returner/punt returner

Just like the NFL’s regular-season MVP award, the Super Bowl MVP most often goes to a quarterback. Since 1967, a QB has been named MVP 30 times, starting with Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers.

In the past decade, a signal-caller has taken home the MVP seven times, including twice by New England Patriots icon Tom Brady.

Since 2009, the only other positions to receive the Super Bowl MVP are wide receiver (twice) and linebacker (twice). In 2009, wideout Santonio Holmes secured the MVP as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and most recently in Super Bowl LIII, receiver Julian Edelman collected the award.

Linebackers Malcom Smith (Seattle) and Von Miller (Denver) hoisted the trophy in 2014 and 2016.

Wide receiver is tied with running back for second-most wins by position, but a back hasn't earned MVP since the Broncos' Terrell Davis did so in 1998.

If you're interested in backing 49ers star George Kittle, keep in mind that no tight end has ever won Super Bowl MVP.

Offense vs. defense

It should come as no surprise that players on offense earn the Super Bowl MVP more often than defenders, considering quarterbacks' popularity with the voting committee.

In the past 53 Super Bowls, 43 offensive players have won the MVP, compared to 10 on defense. Only once has a member of special teams accomplished the feat, when Desmond Howard tallied a Super Bowl record 90 punt return yards and 154 kickoff return yards with a touchdown for the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. His 244 all-purpose yards also tied a Super Bowl record.

Age of Super Bowl MVP

Brady achieved history as the oldest Super Bowl MVP at the age of 39 in 2017. Raiders running back Marcus Allen became the youngest recipient in 1984 at the age of 23.

If you toss out Brady's past two MVPs at 37 and 39, the average age of the MVP winner in the last decade is 28 years old.

Non-traditional MVPs

Typically, the Super Bowl MVP is a member of the Super Bowl-winning team. But in 1971, the committee broke tradition and handed Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley the MVP, despite his team losing in Super Bowl V.

Howley recorded two interceptions and forced a fumble in the Cowboys' 16-13 defeat to the Baltimore Colts.

In 1978, Dallas made history again, as defensive end Harvey Martin and defensive tackle Randy White became the first and only Super Bowl co-MVPs.

Franchises with most Super Bowl MVPs

The Cowboys’ one MVP winner from a losing Super Bowl team and their co-MVPs have helped land Dallas in first place for most Super Bowl MVPs to date with seven. The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots each own six, and the 49ers boast five.

The Chiefs have won the Super Bowl once, in 1970, and their quarterback, Len Dawson, brought home the franchise's only Super Bowl MVP.

Multiple winners

Only five players in NFL history have been named Super Bowl MVP more than once. Brady is the leader with four, one more than 49ers legend Joe Montana. Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Eli Manning each own two MVPs, with Starr and Bradshaw the only men to achieve the distinction in back-to-back years.