The Super Bowl MVP is usually reserved for the winning team's quarterback, but a select few defensive players have taken home the award in the championship game's 54-year history.
Coming into Super Bowl LV with one of the league's most tenacious defenses, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive players have a shot at winning the honor if they can slow down Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes.
1. Shaquil Barrett, EDGE (+5000)
Buccaneers edge rusher Shaquil Barrett is a threat to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks each week. In the NFC Championship, he totaled 3.0 sacks and 4 QB hits, stopping MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers from ever mounting momentum. Barrett was part of the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl win in 2016, and that game featured Von Miller taking home MVP honors with 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. The Chiefs' wounded offensive line gives Barrett a prime opportunity for a big game, meaning he could follow in his former teammate's footsteps.
2. Devin White, Linebacker (+10000)
Linebacker Devin White is the type of player to make his presence known throughout a game. He was second on the team in sacks (9.0) and paced his squad in both total tackles (140) and tackles for loss (15). White has led the Bucs in tackles in both of his playoff appearances while also recovering two fumbles and picking off Drew Brees in the Divisional Round. He knows how to impact a game, so it would be no surprise if White racks up tackles and is at the center of a big turnover in the Super Bowl, which is the perfect combination for defensive players to win MVP.
3. Jordan Whitehead, Safety (+10000)
While Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead is dealing with a shoulder injury, he's determined to play, which is great news for Tampa. Whitehead made a statement in the NFC Championship, forcing two fumbles with monstrous hits against the Green Bay Packers. The safety also had two interceptions during the regular season, so he's a threat to be involved in a momentum-changing turnover against the Chiefs. He could follow former Bucs safety Dexter Jackson's lead, who took home Super Bowl MVP in 2003 after picking off two passes against the Oakland Raiders.
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