The player who won Super Bowl MVP the year you were born

  • From legendary performances by football's forefathers, to Tom Brady's two decades of dominance, tracking the Super Bowl MVP from year to year tells the story of the NFL pretty clearly.
  • INSIDER reviewed every MVP dating back to Super Bowl I in 1967 to break down each performance.
  • Check out the Super Bowl moment from the year you were born below and read all of our coverage of Super Bowl LIII here.

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Every Super Bowl MVP through history

Super Bowl I: Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers quarterback

Final score: Packers 35, Chiefs 10

MVP stat line: 16/23, 250 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

Photo Credit: James Flores, Getty Images

Super Bowl II: Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers quarterback

Final score: Packers 33, Raiders 14

MVP stat line: 13/24, 202 yards passing, one touchdown

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl III: Joe Namath, New York Jets quarterback

Final score: Jets 16, Colts 7

MVP stat line: 17/28, 206 yards passing

Photo Credit: AP Photo

Super Bowl IV: Len Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback

Final score: Chiefs 23, Vikings 7

MVP stat line: 12/17, 142 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception

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Super Bowl V: Chuck Howley, Dallas Cowboys linebacker

Final score: Colts 16, Cowboys 13

MVP stat line: Two interceptions

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl VI: Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys quarterback

Final score: Cowboys 24, Dolphins 3

MVP stat line: 12/19, 119 yards passing, two touchdowns

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl VII: Jake Scott, Miami Dolphins safety

Final score: Dolphins 14, Redskins 7

MVP stat line: Two interceptions

Photo Credit: Nate Fine, Getty Images

Super Bowl VIII: Larry Csonka, Miami Dolphins running back

Final score: Dolphins 24, Vikings 7

MVP stat line: 145 rushing yards, two touchdowns

Photo Credit: AP Photo

Super Bowl IX: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers running back

Final score: Steelers 16, Vikings 6

MVP stat line: 158 rushing yards, one touchdown

Photo Credit: Sylvia Allen, Getty Images

Super Bowl X: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver 

Final score: Steelers 21, Cowboys 17

MVP stat line: Four receptions, 161 receiving yards, one touchdown

(AP Photo)

Super Bowl XI: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland Raiders wide receiver

Final score: Raiders 32, Vikings 14

MVP stat line: Four receptions, 79 receiving yards

Photo Credit: AP Photo

Super Bowl XII: Harvey Martin, Dallas Cowboys defensive end
Co-MVP with Randy White

Final score: Cowboys 27, Broncos 10

MVP stat line: Three combined sacks

Photo Credit: AP Photo

Super Bowl XII: Randy White, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle
Co-MVP with Harvey Martin

Final score: Cowboys 27, Broncos 10

MVP stat line: Three combined sacks

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Super Bowl XIII: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback

Final score: Steelers 35, Cowboys 31

MVP stat line: 17/30, 318 yards passing, four touchdowns, one interception

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl XIV: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback

Final score: Steelers 31, Rams 19

MVP stat line: 14/21, 309 yards passing, two touchdowns, three interceptions

Photo Credit: Focus On Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl XV: Jim Plunkett, Oakland Raiders quarterback

Final score: Raiders 27, Eagles 10

MVP stat line: 13/21, 261 yards passing, three touchdowns

Photo Credit: Pete Leabo, AP Photo

Super Bowl XVI: Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers quarterback

Final score: 49ers 26, Bengals 21

MVP stat line: 14/22, 157 yards passing, one touchdown

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl XVII: John Riggins, Washington Redskins running back

Final score: Redskins 27, Dolphins 17

MVP stat line: 166 rushing yards, one touchdown

Photo Credit: AP Photo

Super Bowl XVIII: Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders running back

Final score: Raiders 38, Redskins 9

MVP stat line: 191 rushing yards, two touchdowns

Photo Credit: AP Photo

Super Bowl XIX: Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers quarterback

Final score: 49ers 38, Dolphins 16

MVP stat line: 24/35, 331 yards passing, three touchdowns

Photo Credit: AP Photo

Super Bowl XX: Richard Dent, Chicaco Bears defensive end

Final score: Bears 46, Patriots 10

MVP stat line: Two sacks

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl XXI: Phil Simms, New York Giants quarterback

Final score: Giants 39, Broncos 20

MVP stat line: 22/25, 268 yards passing, three touchdowns

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl XXII: Doug Williams, Washington Redskins quarterback

Final score: Redskins 42, Broncos 10

MVP stat line: 18/29, 340 yards passing, four touchdowns, one interception

Photo Credit: Mike Powell

Super Bowl XXIII: Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver

Final score: 49ers 20, Bengals 16

MVP stat line: 11 receptions, 215 receiving yards, one touchdown

Photo Credit: Rich Pilling, Sporting News via Getty Images

Super Bowl XXIV: Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers quarterback

Final score: 49ers 55, Broncos 10

MVP stat line: 22/29, 297 yards passing, five touchdowns

Photo Credit: Rich Pilling, Sporting News via Getty Images

Super Bowl XXV: Ottis Anderson, New York Giants running back

Final score: Giants 20, Bills 19

MVP stat line: 102 rushing yards, one touchdown

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl XXVI: Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins quarterback 

Final score: Redskins 37, Bills 24

MVP stat line: 18/33, 292 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

Photo Credit: Jim Mone, AP Photo

Super Bowl XXVII: Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys quarterback 

Final score: Cowboys 52, Bills 17

MVP stat line: 22/30, 273 yards passing, four touchdowns

Photo Credit: Reed Saxon, AP Photo

Super Bowl XXVIII: Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys running back

Final score: Cowboys 30, Bills 13

MVP stat line: 132 rushing yards, two touchdowns

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl XXIX: Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers quarterback

Final score: 49ers 49, Chargers 26

MVP stat line: 24/36, 325 yards passing, six touchdowns

Photo Credit: Timothy A. Clary, AFP/Getty Images

Super Bowl XXX: Larry Brown, Dallas Cowboys cornerback

Final score: Cowboys 27, Steelers 17

MVP stat line: Two interceptions

Photo Credit: Susan Ragan, AP Photo

Super Bowl XXXI: Desmond Howard, Green Back Packers kick/punt returner

Final score: Packers 35, Patriots 21

MVP stat line: 99-yard kickoff return touchdown

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport, Getty Images

Super Bowl XXXII: Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos running back

Final score: Broncos 31, Packers 24

MVP stat line: 157 rushing yards, three touchdowns

Photo Credit: Ed Reinke, AP Photo

Super Bowl XXXIII: John Elway, Denver Broncos quarterback 

Final score: Broncos 34, Falcons 19

MVP stat line: 18/29, 336 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception

Photo Credit: Doug Mills, AP Photo

Super Bowl XXXIV: Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams quarterback 

Final score: Rams 23, Titans 16

MVP stat line: 24/45, 414 yards passing, two touchdowns

Photo Credit: Allen Kee, Getty Images

Super Bowl XXXV: Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens linebacker

Final score: Ravens 34, Giants 7

MVP stat line: Five tackles

Photo Credit: Rick Bowmer, AP Photo

Super Bowl XXXVI: Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback

Final score: Patriots 20, Rams 17

MVP stat line: 16/27, 145 passing yards, one touchdown

Photo Credit: Jon Soohoo, Getty Images

Super Bowl XXXVII: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety

Final score: Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21

MVP stat line: 18/34, 215 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

Photo Credit: John Lazar, Getty Images

Super Bowl XXXVIII: Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback

Final score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29

MVP stat line: 32/48, 345 yards passing, three touchdowns, one interception

Photo Credit: Dave Martin, AP Photo

Super Bowl XXXIX: Deion Branch, New England Patriots wide receiver

Final score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21

MVP stat line: 11 receptions, 133 receiving yards

Photo Credit: Jeff Gross, Getty Images

Super Bowl XL: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

Final score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10

MVP stat line: Five receptions, 123 receiving yards, one touchdown

Photo Credit: Charlie Neibergall, AP Photo

Super Bowl XLI: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts quarterback 

Final score: Colts 29, Bears 17

MVP stat line: 25/38, 247 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception

Photo Credit: Gary W. Green, MCT via Getty Images

Super Bowl XLII: Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback

Final score: Giants 17, Patriots 14

MVP stat line: 19/34, 255 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

Photo Credit: Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images

Super Bowl XLIII: Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

Final score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23

MVP stat line: Nine receptions, 131 receiving yards, one touchdown

Photo Credit: Rob Tringali, Sportschrome/Getty Images

Super Bowl XLIV: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback

Final score: Saints 31, Colts 17

MVP stat line: 32/39, 288 yards passing, two touchdowns

Photo Credit: Rob Tringali, Sportschrome/Getty Images

Super Bowl XLV: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback

Final score: Packers 31, Steelers 25

MVP stat line: 24/39, 304 yards passing, three touchdowns

Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images

Super Bowl XLVI: Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback

Final score: Giants 21, Patriots 17

MVP stat line: 30/40, 296 yards passing, one touchdown

Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

Super Bowl XLVII: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens quarterback

Final score: Ravens 34, 49ers 31

MVP stat line: 22/33, 287 yards passing, three touchdowns

Photo Credit: Chris Graythen, Getty Images

Super Bowl XLVIII: Malcolm Smith, Seattle Seahawks linebacker

Final score: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8

MVP stat line: 10 combined tackles, one interception returned for a touchdown, one fumble recovery

Photo Credit: Elsa, Getty Images

Super Bowl XLIX: Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback

Final score: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24

MVP stat line: 37/50, 328 yards passing, four touchdowns, two interceptions

Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images

Super Bowl 50: Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker

Final score: Broncos 24, Panthers 10

MVP stat line: Six combined tackles, two forced fumbles

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Super Bowl LI: Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback

Final score: Patriots 34, Falcons 28

MVP stat line: 43/62, 466 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception

(Photo credit  TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Super Bowl LII: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback

Final score: Eagles 41, Patriots 33

MVP stat line: 28/43, 373 yards passing, three touchdowns, one interception, one receiving touchdown

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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