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List of Defensive Players to Win Super Bowl MVP

By David Hayes
Full list of defensive players to win the Super Bowl MVP in NFL history.
Full list of defensive players to win the Super Bowl MVP in NFL history. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images
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Though the Super Bowl MVP has been dominated by quarterback play, with 30 total winners playing that position, there have been 10 total defensive players to win the Super Bowl MVP, with linebackers leading the way at three total.

Here's a look at every defensive player ever to win the Super Bowl MVP honor in NFL history, including the year and Super Bowl played.

Defensive Players to Win Super Bowl MVP

1. Chuck Howley, LB (Dallas Cowboys)

Super Bowl V – 1971

2. Jake Scott, S (Miami Dolphins)

Super Bowl VII – 1973

3. Harvey Martin, DE (Dallas Cowboys)

Super Bowl XII – 1978

4. Randy White, DT (Dallas Cowboys)

Super Bowl XII – 1978

5. Richard Dent, DE (Chicago Bears)

Super Bowl XX – 1986

6. Larry Brown, CB (Dallas Cowboys)

Super Bowl XXX – 1996

7. Ray Lewis, LB (Baltimore Ravens)

Super Bowl XXXV – 2001

8. Dexter Jackson, S (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Super Bowl XXXVII – 2003

9. Malcolm Smith, LB (Seattle Seahawks)

Super Bowl XLVIII – 2014

10. Von Miller, LB (Denver Broncos)

Super Bowl L (50) – 2016


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