The best of the best: Super Bowl Most Valuable Players through the years

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The score is final. There's confetti floating through the air and covering the field. Two weeks of preparation and 60 minutes of intense action later, the Super Bowl is over and the NFL has crowned a new champion.

Don't turn off the television too fast, though! There's still one major decision to be made -- who of the nearly 100 players on the field was the most valuable of the night?

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The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award is one of the most coveted trophies a player can receive, if only because it means he made it to (and likely was an integral part of winning) the big game.

An MVP has been selected after every Super Bowl since the big game's establishment in 1967. The award has been largely dominated by quarterbacks. Signal-callers have been declared most valuable 27 times out of 50 games. Running backs come in at a distant second, having won the award seven times.

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Each Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player

Super Bowl I: Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers quarterback

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Super Bowl II: Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers quarterback

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Super Bowl III: Joe Namath, New York Jets quarterback

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Super Bowl IV: Len Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback

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Super Bowl V: Chuck Howley, Dallas Cowboys linebacker

Howley is the only player from a losing team to be chosen as the game's MVP. 

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Super Bowl VI: Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys quarterback

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Super Bowl VII: Jake Scott, Miami Dolphins safety

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Super Bowl VIII: Larry Csonka, Miami Dolphins running back

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Super Bowl IX: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers running back

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Super Bowl X: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

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Super Bowl XI: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland Raiders wide receiver

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Super Bowl XII: Harvey Martin (pictured), Dallas Cowboys defensive end and Randy White, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle

This is the only time in history that two MVPs were declared. 

Randy White is also the only defensive tackle to win the award to date.

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Super Bowl XIII: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback

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Super Bowl XIV: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback

Bradshaw joined Bart Starr as the only players to win the MVP Award in back-to-back years.

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Super Bowl XV: Jim Plunkett, Oakland Raiders quarterback

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

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Super Bowl XVII: John Riggins, Washington Redskins running back

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

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

This was the second time Montana won the award.

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Super Bowl XX: Richard Dent, Chicago Bears defensive end

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Super Bowl XXI: Phil Simms, New York Giants quarterback

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Super Bowl XXII: Doug Williams, Washington Redskins quarterback

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

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

With this award, Montana became the first player in history to be the Super Bowl MVP three times. 

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

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Super Bowl XVI: Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins quarterback

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Super Bowl XVII: Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys quarterback

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Super Bowl XVIII: Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys running back

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

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Super Bowl XXX: Larry Brown, Dallas Cowboys cornerback

Brown is the only cornerback to win the MVP Award to date. 

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

Howard is the only punt returner to win the MVP Award to date. 

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Super Bowl XXXII: Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos running back

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Super Bowl XXXIII: John Elway, Denver Broncos quarterback

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

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Super Bowl XXXV: Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens linebacker

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Super Bowl XXXVI: Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback

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Super Bowl XXXVII: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety

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Super Bowl XXXVIII: Tom Brady, New England Patriots

This was Brady's second time being selected as Super Bowl MVP. 

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

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Super Bowl XL: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

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Super Bowl XLI: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts quarterback

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Super Bowl XLII: Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback

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Super Bowl XLIII: Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

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Super Bowl XLIV: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback

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Super Bowl XLV: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback

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Super Bowl XLVI: Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback

This was Manning's second time being named MVP. 

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Super Bowl XLVII: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens quarterback

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Malcolm Smith, Seattle Seahawks linebacker

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Super Bowl XLIX: Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback

Brady joined Joe Montana as the only players to be named Super Bowl MVP three times. 

Brady insisted the truck he was given with the award instead be given to cornerback Malcolm Butler. 

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Super Bowl 50: Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker

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The record for most Super Bowl MVP awards won belongs to two legendary quarterbacks who are tied at three apiece: Joe Montana and Tom Brady. Quarterbacks Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Eli Manning have all won the award twice.

While the MVP of the big game is generally assumed to be on the winning team, there has been one instance in history -- Super Bowl V -- when the award was given to a player who lost the game. Chuck Howley, a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys, was declared most valuable despite the Cowboys' 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts.

There has also only been one instance in the past 50 years when co-MVPs were named. Defensive end Harvey Martin and defensive tackle Randy White, who both played for the Dallas Cowboys, shared the award after Super Bowl XII

White's win also marked the only time a defensive tackle has won the award. Cornerbacks and punt returners are in the same boat, with Larry Brown (Super Bowl XXX) and Desmond Howard (Super Bowl XXXI) winning the only awards at those positions, respectively.

The MVP of Super Bowl LI could also be a record-setter. If a Falcons player wins the award, he would be the first game MVP in team history. If Tom Brady is selected, he would set records as both the oldest player to win and as the only player to win the award four times.

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