Has a Kicker or Punter Ever Won Super Bowl MVP in NFL History?
The Super Bowl MVP is one of the most prestigious awards in the NFL. It celebrates the best player on the biggest stage of the season, though some positions have been recognized more than others. Kickers and punters are often unheralded compared to star quarterbacks or defenders, but they usually play a key role in the game, too.
With that in mind, here's the history of kickers and punters that have won the Super Bowl MVP Award.
Has a Kicker Even Won Super Bowl MVP?
Across 56 prior Super Bowl games, a placekicker has never won the SB MVP trophy. This is despite some memorable performances at the position from the likes of Don Chandler and Ray Wersching, who own the record for most field goals made in a single Super Bowl (4). Or Jim O'Brien and Adam Vinatieri, the only two players in SB history to kick a game-winning FG.
Instead, this award has predominantly gone to quarterbacks, with signal-callers winning 30 times in 56 games. Wide receivers are next with 8 honors, followed by running backs (7) and linebackers (4). Defensive ends (2) and safeties (2) are the only other position to win multiple times. Meanwhile, cornerback, defensive tackle and kick/punt returner all boast one honor each.
Has a Punter Ever Won Super Bowl MVP?
No, a punter has never won Super Bowl MVP. However, Dallas Cowboys star linebacker and Super Bowl V MVP Chuck Howley once had a brief stint as a punter. The Cowboys let Howley -- regarded as one of the most athletic players to ever suit up in the NFL -- punt for them once during the 1964 season. He eventually went on to help Dallas win the Super Bowl during the 1970 campaign, but as a defender only.
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