Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award

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AP NFL MVP Award
Given for Most valuable player in the National Football League
Presented by Associated Press
History
First award 1957
Most wins Peyton Manning (5)
Most recent Tom Brady

The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award is presented annually by the Associated Press (AP) to a player in the National Football League (NFL) deemed to have been the "most valuable" in that year's regular season. While there have been many selectors of NFL MVPs in the past, today the MVP award presented by the AP is considered the de facto official NFL MVP award and the most prestigious.[1][2] Since 2011, the NFL has held the annual NFL Honors ceremony to recognize the winner of each year's AP MVP award, along with other AP awards, such as the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year and AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year.[3] The current AP NFL MVP is quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, who won the award for the third time after the 2017 NFL season.[4]

The AP has presented an award recognizing the NFL's top player since 1957, although the pre-1961 awardees are recognized as winning the AP's "NFL Most Outstanding Player Award", and the 1962 award is considered the AP's "Player of the Year" award. The award is voted upon by a panel of 50 sportswriters at the end of the regular season, before the playoffs, though the results are not announced to the public until the day before the Super Bowl. The sportswriters chosen regularly follow the NFL, and remain mostly consistent from year to year. They are chosen based on expertise and are independent of the league itself.[5] Voters for the award have included Troy Aikman of Fox Sports; Cris Collinsworth and Tony Dungy of NBC Sports; and Herm Edwards of ESPN.[5] The only player to be voted unanimously is Brady, who received all 50 votes for the 2010 season's award.[6]

Due to voters' tendency to favor offensive positions,[7][8] the award has been overwhelmingly dominated by offensive players; of the 57 undisputed winners, 54 played an offensive position: 38 quarterbacks and 16 running backs. Two defensive players have won the award: Alan Page in 1971 as a defensive tackle, and Lawrence Taylor as a linebacker in 1986. The sole special teams player to be named AP NFL MVP was Mark Moseley, who won as a placekicker in 1982.[9]

Thirteen awardees also won the Super Bowl (or NFL Championship Game prior to 1966) in the same season. However, this has not occurred since 1999, when MVP Kurt Warner won Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Louis Rams.[9] Since then, nine AP NFL MVPs have led their team to the Super Bowl and were defeated each time.[10] This has led to claims in recent years that there is a "curse" preventing the awardee's team from winning the Super Bowl.[11][12]

Discrepancies[edit]

The AP has presented an award recognizing the NFL's top player since the 1957 season,[5][13] although the pre-1961 awardees are recognized in the Official NFL Record and Fact Book as winning the AP's "NFL Most Outstanding Player Award",[9][14] and the 1962 winner was recognized as the AP's "Player of the Year".[15][16] The AP considers 1961 to be the first year in which it presented a "Most Valuable Player" award.[15][17][18] Thus there are numerous inconsistencies among sources regarding each of the first four awards, and whether or not the winners are included in the overall list of AP MVP winners at all. The discrepancies include 1958's winner being either Jim Brown or Gino Marchetti; the 1959 winner as Johnny Unitas or Charlie Conerly; and whether or not Norm Van Brocklin shared the award in 1960 with Joe Schmidt.[15]

Winners[edit]

Johnny Unitas won three AP NFL MVP awards as quarterback of the Baltimore Colts.
Quarterback Bart Starr was awarded in 1966 after passing for 2,257 yards and 14 touchdowns and leading the Green Bay Packers to Super Bowl I.[19]
Running back O. J. Simpson became the first player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season en route to winning the 1973 award with the Buffalo Bills.[20]
Running back Marcus Allen set an NFL record with 2,314 yards from scrimmage in 1985 for the Los Angeles Raiders.[21]
Quarterback Brett Favre won three straight awards from 1995 to 1997 with the Green Bay Packers.
Quarterback Peyton Manning won four awards with the Indianapolis Colts and one with the Denver Broncos.
Key
^ Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who is still active in the NFL
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the award
Disputed award winners
Season Player Position Team Ref(s)
1957 Jim Brown^ Running back Cleveland Browns [22][23]
None awarded / different award [17]
1958 Jim Brown^ (2) Running back Cleveland Browns [24][25][23]
Gino Marchetti^ Defensive end Baltimore Colts [26]
1959 Johnny Unitas^ Quarterback Baltimore Colts [27][23]
Charlie Conerly Quarterback New York Giants [25][26]
1960 Norm Van Brocklin^ Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles [25][23]
Norm Van Brocklin^
Joe Schmidt^
Quarterback
Linebacker
Philadelphia Eagles
Detroit Lions
[28][26]
AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award winners
Season Player Position Team Ref
1961 Paul Hornung^ Running back Green Bay Packers [29]
1962 Jim Taylor^ Running back Green Bay Packers [16]
1963 Y. A. Tittle^ Quarterback New York Giants [30]
1964 Johnny Unitas^ (2) Quarterback Baltimore Colts [31]
1965 Jim Brown^ (3) Running back Cleveland Browns [32]
1966 Bart Starr^ Quarterback Green Bay Packers [19]
1967 Johnny Unitas^ (3) Quarterback Baltimore Colts [33]
1968 Earl Morrall Quarterback Baltimore Colts [34]
1969 Roman Gabriel Quarterback Los Angeles Rams [35]
1970 John Brodie Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [36]
1971 Alan Page^ Defensive tackle Minnesota Vikings [37]
1972 Larry Brown Running back Washington Redskins [38]
1973 O. J. Simpson^ Running back Buffalo Bills [20]
1974 Ken Stabler^ Quarterback Oakland Raiders [39]
1975 Fran Tarkenton^ Quarterback Minnesota Vikings [40]
1976 Bert Jones Quarterback Baltimore Colts [41]
1977 Walter Payton^ Running back Chicago Bears [42]
1978 Terry Bradshaw^ Quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers [43]
1979 Earl Campbell^ Running back Houston Oilers [44]
1980 Brian Sipe Quarterback Cleveland Browns [45]
1981 Ken Anderson Quarterback Cincinnati Bengals [46]
1982 Mark Moseley Placekicker Washington Redskins [47]
1983 Joe Theismann Quarterback Washington Redskins [48]
1984 Dan Marino^ Quarterback Miami Dolphins [49]
1985 Marcus Allen^ Running back Los Angeles Raiders [21]
1986 Lawrence Taylor^ Linebacker New York Giants [50]
1987 John Elway^ Quarterback Denver Broncos [51]
1988 Boomer Esiason Quarterback Cincinnati Bengals [52]
1989 Joe Montana^ Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [53]
1990 Joe Montana^ (2) Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [54]
1991 Thurman Thomas^ Running back Buffalo Bills [55]
1992 Steve Young^ Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [56]
1993 Emmitt Smith^ Running back Dallas Cowboys [57]
1994 Steve Young^ (2) Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [58]
1995 Brett Favre^ Quarterback Green Bay Packers [59]
1996 Brett Favre^ (2) Quarterback Green Bay Packers [60]
1997 Brett Favre^ (3)
Barry Sanders^
Quarterback
Running back
Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions
[61]
1998 Terrell Davis^ Running back Denver Broncos [62]
1999 Kurt Warner^ Quarterback St. Louis Rams [63]
2000 Marshall Faulk^ Running back St. Louis Rams [64]
2001 Kurt Warner^ (2) Quarterback St. Louis Rams [65]
2002 Rich Gannon Quarterback Oakland Raiders [66]
2003 Peyton Manning
Steve McNair
Quarterback
Quarterback
Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans
[67]
2004 Peyton Manning (2) Quarterback Indianapolis Colts [68]
2005 Shaun Alexander Running back Seattle Seahawks [69]
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson^ Running back San Diego Chargers [70]
2007 Tom Brady* Quarterback New England Patriots [71]
2008 Peyton Manning (3) Quarterback Indianapolis Colts [72]
2009 Peyton Manning (4) Quarterback Indianapolis Colts [73]
2010 Tom Brady* (2) Quarterback New England Patriots [6]
2011 Aaron Rodgers* Quarterback Green Bay Packers [74]
2012 Adrian Peterson* Running back Minnesota Vikings [75]
2013 Peyton Manning (5) Quarterback Denver Broncos [76]
2014 Aaron Rodgers* (2) Quarterback Green Bay Packers [77]
2015 Cam Newton* Quarterback Carolina Panthers [78]
2016 Matt Ryan* Quarterback Atlanta Falcons [79]
2017 Tom Brady* (3) Quarterback New England Patriots [4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Footnotes
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