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Can You Identify These Super Bowl MVPs?
By: Gavin Thagard
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About This Quiz
Every team in the NFL works throughout the year, from the offseason through the preseason and into the regular season, for a chance to make a run at a Super Bowl championship. It's the highest achievement, not only for a team in the NFL but also for the players. All of their hard work finally pays off with a championship ring.
Of course, for one player in the Super Bowl, the championship game will mean even more as the game provides them with the opportunity to prove they are one of the best athletes in the world as they are pitted against the toughest competition. That player who is able to handle the moment while putting on their best performance, they will win an award for which few players even have the opportunity to compete -- the Super Bowl MVP.
Are you an expert on the previous Super Bowls and the players who earned the MVP for their legendary performances in the big game? Do you think you can identify those MVP winners from an image we provide you? Here's a quiz where you can find out just that.
When you're ready to test your knowledge on the previous winners of the Super Bowl MVP, get started and see if your final score is MVP worthy!
This is the only cornerback to win the Super Bowl MVP. Do you know who he is?
The Cowboys won their last Super Bowl in 1996. Although the dynasty wasn't completely over, the Cowboys missed the playoffs the next season and haven't been back to a Super Bowl since.
This backup quarterback won the MVP in 2018. Who is he?
Nick Foles took over for Carson Wentz after Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14 of the 2017 regular season. Wentz was on his way to winning the NFL MVP that year, but instead, he had to watch the last few weeks of the regular season and the playoffs from the bench.
The first-ever Super Bowl MVP, which player is this?
A lifetime Packer, Bart Starr played under legendary head coach Vince Lombardi. The two won five NFL titles together, including the first two Super Bowls.
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This former Super Bowl MVP promised a victory prior to the game. What's this player's name?
Prior to playing in Super Bowl III, Joe Namath promised the city of New York that he would deliver a championship. He did just that, completing 17 passes for 206 yards.
Do you recognize this MVP known for beating an undefeated Patriots team?
Eli Manning has never been viewed as an all-time great quarterback, but he did have two of the greatest playoff runs in NFL history. During both runs, he walked away with two Super Bowl rings and was named the MVP in both games.
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This is the only player to ever win the Super Bowl MVP on the losing team. Do you know who he is?
Chuck Howley was part of a Cowboys team that lost Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts. Howley played lights out, however, recording two interceptions in the game.
This Super Bowl MVP played 19 seasons in the NFL. What's his name?
The Kansas City Chiefs have one Super Bowl title throughout the entire franchise history, which was won in 1970. That team was coached by Hank Stram, who was the first head coach to be miked up during a Super Bowl.
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Do you know this player with the most Super Bowl MVP awards?
Tom Brady has played in nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots throughout his NFL career. Of those nine games, he was named the MVP four times.
The first defensive player on the winning team to win the Super Bowl MVP, who is this?
Jake Scott played for a 1972 Miami Dolphins team that went undefeated throughout the season. They remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.
Nicknamed "Captain Comeback," what's the name of this former Super Bowl MVP?
Roger Staubach went to college at the U.S. Naval Academy where he got his first start in his sophomore season. He was named the Heisman Trophy winner the next season after throwing for more than 1,400 yards.
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He is the first running back to be named MVP. Who is pictured here?
Larry Csonka was drafted as the eighth overall pick in the 1968 NFL draft. He was one of eight players from that draft to make it into the Hall of Fame.
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Do you know the name of this player who was the first MVP from the Steelers' dynasty in the '70s?
Franco Harris led the league in rushing touchdowns in 1976. That season, Harris rushed for 14 touchdowns, helping the Steelers reach the playoffs where they lost in the Conference Championship to the Raiders.
This Super Bowl MVP returned an interception for a touchdown. Who is he?
Prior to the 2013-2014 season, Malcolm Smith had never started in an NFL playoff game. In his first start against the Saints, he recorded nine tackles in a 23-15 victory.
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This Super Bowl MVP tied the postseason record for touchdowns without an interception during his run to a championship. Do you know who he is?
After failing to live up to his Super Bowl-winning season, Joe Flacco was benched in 2018 for rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson led the Ravens to the playoffs, but they lost in the first round.
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The first player with more than 150 receiving yards in the Super Bowl, what's the name of this former MVP?
Despite only playing nine seasons in the NFL, Lynn Swann was a four-time Super Bowl champion and made the 1970s' All-Decade Team. He was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2001.
The second Packers quarterback to win the Super Bowl MVP, who is this?
Aaron Rodgers replaced legendary Packers quarterback Brett Favre after the 2007 season. In his first season as a starter, Rodgers threw for more than 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns.
This former Super Bowl MVP has an annual college football award named after him. Do you know his name?
Fred Biletnikoff was never known as a speed receiver in the NFL, but he had some of the greatest hands in the game. He recorded 589 receptions during his time in the league.
Known for splitting the Super Bowl MVP award with a fellow player, who is this?
Super Bowl XII marks the only time in the history of the championship game that two players were named the MVP. Harvey Martin shared the award with Randy White after the Cowboys' defense dominated the Broncos, holding them to 10 points.
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What's the name of this Super Bowl MVP who won the award in back-to-back years?
Terry Bradshaw was never a great regular season quarterback, throwing nearly as many interceptions as touchdowns throughout his career. However, he still knew how to win as he finished his career with a 132-68-1 record.
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The only player from New Orleans to win the Super Bowl MVP, who is shown here?
Drew Brees holds multiple NFL passing records, from career passing yards to career pass completions. However, the quarterback has only reached one Super Bowl over the course of his career.
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This was the last wide receiver to win the MVP in the championship game. Do you know who he is?
In a league where the offense has become the premium, Super Bowl LIII turned into a defensive showdown. Led by Julian Edelman, the Patriots were able to move the ball just enough to secure a 13-3 victory over the Rams.
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Who is this former Heisman Trophy winner who was also named the Super Bowl MVP?
Jim Plunkett is one of the most contested candidates for the Hall of Fame. Plunkett had poor statistics throughout his regular season career. However, he was 8-2 in the playoffs with two Super Bowls and a Super Bowl MVP under his belt.
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Known for his cool demeanor, which Super Bowl MVP is shown here?
Joe Montana was undefeated in the Super Bowl, going 4-0 throughout his career. The legendary 49ers quarterback also earned three Super Bowl MVP awards.
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What's the name of this Super Bowl MVP who went 2-2 in championship games?
Peyton Manning won Super Bowls with two different teams, the Broncos and the Colts. He also lost a Super Bowl with each team, including a 43-8 blowout in 2014.
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This MVP caught the first touchdown pass thrown by a receiver in the Super Bowl. Do you know his name?
Hines Ward was known for his blocking ability, which often was more physical than need be. His over-physicality broke Keith Rivers', a linebacker for the Bengals, jaw in 2008.
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Known for having more offensive yards by himself than the entire other team, which Super Bowl MVP is this?
A physical runner, John Riggins was able to play at a high level well into his 30s. In fact, he is the oldest player to rush for more than 150 yards in a game, which he did at the age of 35.
This player had the most rushing yards by a Super Bowl MVP. What's his name?
Marcus Allen was an NFL star from his first season in the league when he earned the Rookie of the Year award. That season, he led the league in rushing touchdowns with 11.
The Super Bowl MVP from a dominant '85 Bears defense, which player is shown here?
The 1985 Bears defense was coached by Buddy Ryan. Ryan implemented a defensive scheme that loaded the line of scrimmage with four down linemen and two linebackers.
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This was the first Patriots player not named Tom Brady to win the Super Bowl MVP. Do you know who he is?
Between the 2001 and 2004 seasons, the Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years. In their third Super Bowl victory, they defeated the Eagles 24-21.
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What's the name of this Super Bowl MVP who was the first African-American quarterback to win the award?
In Super Bowl XXII, Doug Williams threw four touchdowns in a single quarter, the only quarterback to ever do this. He also threw for 340 yards, which was a record at the time.
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This Hall of Fame linebacker won the Super Bowl MVP with the Ravens. Who is he?
Drafted in 1996, Ray Lewis made 13 Pro Bowls over the course of his 17-year career. He was also named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice.
Holding the Super Bowl record for receiving yards, do you know this MVP of the championship game?
Few receivers rival Jerry Rice when it comes to career accomplishments. Rice holds several NFL records, including career receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and receptions.
What's the name of this player who holds the Super Bowl record for completion percentage?
Phil Simms was drafted by the Giants as the seventh pick in the 1979 NFL draft. He played his entire 15-year career with the team, retiring after the 1993 season.
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Part of "The Greatest Show on Turf," which Super Bowl MVP is shown here?
"The Greatest Show on Turf" set a new precedent for offensive performances. Guided by Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk, the team led the league in total offense three years in a row.
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This is the only return man to win the Super Bowl MVP. Who is he?
Desmond Howard was a Heisman Trophy winner in college, earning the award in 1991. He famously struck the Heisman pose during the 1991 Michigan-Ohio State game, which became a cultural phenomenon.
Who is this Super Bowl MVP who won the award in his fifth Super Bowl appearance?
John Elway lost the first three Super Bowls of his career, all in the '80s. He failed to reach the Super Bowl again until 1997 when he won back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998.
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This player was named the Super Bowl MVP after rushing for 102 yards. Do you know who he is?
In 1991, the Giants gave the Bills their first of four straight Super Bowl losses. The Bills lost the game on a missed field goal as time ran out.
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What's the name of this player who was the first from the 1990s Cowboys dynasty to win the MVP?
Troy Aikman played college football at UCLA, who retired his No. 8 jersey. Aikman has also been elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame for his career accomplishments.
This player was named MVP despite missing part of the game with a migraine. What's his name?
Terrell Davis is one of only seven running backs to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. He accomplished the feat in 1998 when he rushed for 2,008 yards.
Known for having the most touchdown passes in a Super Bowl game, who is this MVP?
Steve Young replaced Joe Montana as the 49ers' starting quarterback after Montana requested a trade in 1993. Young struggled to live up to the shadow of Montana, though he did finally win a Super Bowl for the franchise in 1995.
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