Has a Rookie Ever Won Super Bowl MVP?

Devon Platana
A look at whether or not a rookie has ever been named Super Bowl MVP in the past.
A look at whether or not a rookie has ever been named Super Bowl MVP in the past. / Jamie Squire/GettyImages
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Super Bowl LVI is approaching on Sunday, Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium, pitting the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams against each other. One player in attendance that many people will have their eyes on is standout Cincinnati Bengals rookie wideout Ja'Marr Chase.

Chase was absolutely electric during the regular season and has continued that success into the playoffs. There's a possibility that he could end the weekend as Super Bowl MVP, leaving fans wondering if a rookie has ever achieved that accolade in the past.

Has a Rookie Ever Won Super Bowl MVP?

While rookies have come close to Super Bowl MVP honors in the past, a first-year player has yet to take home the award. However, you could make the argument that quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Tom Brady were closest to getting it done.

Warner completed 24-of-45 passing attempts for 414 yards and a pair of touchdowns during the St. Louis Rams' Super Bowl XXXIV victory. While he was named Super Bowl MVP in his first year as a starter, he went undrafted the year before and no longer qualified as a rookie.

Meanwhile, Brady also won a Super Bowl (XXXVI) in his first year as a starter. He had completed 16-of-27 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, leading to him being named Super Bowl MVP. However, he also didn't qualify as a rookie since he was drafted the year prior.

With that being said, Chase has a legitimate shot at history this season. After recording 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in the regular season, he's posted a 20-279-1 stat line over Cincinnati's three postseason games — including two 100-yard performances.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow will likely continue looking for Chase early and often on Sunday, backed up by his 9.0 playoff targets per game. He'll have a tough matchup with All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey covering him, however, Chase has proven in the past that he can beat the best defenders.

If Burrow and Chase must showcase their chemistry one more time at Super Bowl LVI. If they can, only do the Bengals have a great shot at winning a championship, but the Chase could wind up being the first rookie in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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