Super Bowl MVP Voting Explained and Award History
The Super Bowl MVP is one of the most prestigious and discussed awards in the NFL, though the process through which its awarded isn't nearly as well known.
With that in mind, let's lift the veil and explain the Super Bowl MVP voting process, and touch on some of the award's history.
Super Bowl MVP Voting Explained
Super Bowl MVP voting is determined by two factors: fan voting, and media voting.
Starting in 2001, the NFL allowed fans to cast their votes online. Voting begins when the fourth quarter starts, and ends right when the game does. This process accounts for 20 percent of the vote total.
The other 80 percent is determined by 16 media members, who are on site to cover the game.
Super Bowl MVP History
Last 10 Super Bowl MVP Winners
- Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots (Super Bowl LIII)
- Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (Super Bowl LII)
- Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Super Bowl LI)
- Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos (Super Bowl 50)
- Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Super Bowl XLIX)
- Malcolm Smith, LB, Seattle Seahawks (Super Bowl XLVIII)
- Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (Super Bowl XLVII)
- Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (Super Bowl XLVI)
- Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (Super Bowl XLV)
- Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Super Bowl XLIV)
Super Bowl MVP by Position
Notably, seven of the last 10 Super Bowl MVPs have been awarded two quarterbacks. It's become a bit more pronounced recently, but that favoritism toward signal-callers is essentially the way it's always been, as 29 Super Bowl MVPs have gone to quarterbacks – easily the most of any position.
Eagle-eyed readers will notice that there have been 54 Super Bowl MVP awards given out, which is because two Dallas Cowboys' defensive linemen took home the hardware in 1978, Harvey Martin and Randy White.
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