Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award

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

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

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)
1957Jim Brown^Running backCleveland Browns[22][23]
None awarded / different award[17]
1958Jim Brown^ (2)Running backCleveland Browns[24][25][23]
Gino Marchetti^Defensive endBaltimore Colts[26]
1959Johnny Unitas^QuarterbackBaltimore Colts[27][23]
Charlie Conerly QuarterbackNew York Giants[25][26]
1960Norm Van Brocklin^QuarterbackPhiladelphia 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
1961Paul Hornung^Running backGreen Bay Packers[29]
1962Jim Taylor^Running backGreen Bay Packers[16]
1963Y. A. Tittle^QuarterbackNew York Giants[30]
1964Johnny Unitas^ (2)QuarterbackBaltimore Colts[31]
1965Jim Brown^ (3)Running backCleveland Browns[32]
1966Bart Starr^QuarterbackGreen Bay Packers[19]
1967Johnny Unitas^ (3)QuarterbackBaltimore Colts[33]
1968 Earl Morrall QuarterbackBaltimore Colts[34]
1969 Roman Gabriel QuarterbackLos Angeles Rams[35]
1970 John Brodie QuarterbackSan Francisco 49ers[36]
1971Alan Page^Defensive tackleMinnesota Vikings[37]
1972 Larry Brown Running backWashington Redskins[38]
1973O. J. Simpson^Running backBuffalo Bills[20]
1974Ken Stabler^QuarterbackOakland Raiders[39]
1975Fran Tarkenton^QuarterbackMinnesota Vikings[40]
1976 Bert Jones QuarterbackBaltimore Colts[41]
1977Walter Payton^Running backChicago Bears[42]
1978Terry Bradshaw^QuarterbackPittsburgh Steelers[43]
1979Earl Campbell^Running backHouston Oilers[44]
1980 Brian Sipe QuarterbackCleveland Browns[45]
1981 Ken Anderson QuarterbackCincinnati Bengals[46]
1982 Mark Moseley PlacekickerWashington Redskins[47]
1983 Joe Theismann QuarterbackWashington Redskins[48]
1984Dan Marino^QuarterbackMiami Dolphins[49]
1985Marcus Allen^Running backLos Angeles Raiders[21]
1986Lawrence Taylor^LinebackerNew York Giants[50]
1987John Elway^QuarterbackDenver Broncos[51]
1988 Boomer Esiason QuarterbackCincinnati Bengals[52]
1989Joe Montana^QuarterbackSan Francisco 49ers[53]
1990Joe Montana^ (2)QuarterbackSan Francisco 49ers[54]
1991Thurman Thomas^Running backBuffalo Bills[55]
1992Steve Young^QuarterbackSan Francisco 49ers[56]
1993Emmitt Smith^Running backDallas Cowboys[57]
1994Steve Young^ (2)QuarterbackSan Francisco 49ers[58]
1995Brett Favre^QuarterbackGreen Bay Packers[59]
1996Brett Favre^ (2)QuarterbackGreen Bay Packers[60]
1997Brett Favre^ (3)
Barry Sanders^
Quarterback
Running back
Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions
[61]
1998Terrell Davis^Running backDenver Broncos[62]
1999Kurt Warner^QuarterbackSt. Louis Rams[63]
2000Marshall Faulk^Running backSt. Louis Rams[64]
2001Kurt Warner^ (2)QuarterbackSt. Louis Rams[65]
2002 Rich Gannon QuarterbackOakland Raiders[66]
2003 Peyton Manning
Steve McNair
Quarterback
Quarterback
Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans
[67]
2004 Peyton Manning (2) QuarterbackIndianapolis Colts[68]
2005 Shaun Alexander Running backSeattle Seahawks[69]
2006LaDainian Tomlinson^Running backSan Diego Chargers[70]
2007Tom Brady*QuarterbackNew England Patriots[71]
2008 Peyton Manning (3) QuarterbackIndianapolis Colts[72]
2009 Peyton Manning (4) QuarterbackIndianapolis Colts[73]
2010Tom Brady* (2)QuarterbackNew England Patriots[6]
2011Aaron Rodgers*QuarterbackGreen Bay Packers[74]
2012Adrian Peterson*Running backMinnesota Vikings[75]
2013 Peyton Manning (5) QuarterbackDenver Broncos[76]
2014Aaron Rodgers* (2)QuarterbackGreen Bay Packers[77]
2015Cam Newton*QuarterbackCarolina Panthers[78]
2016Matt Ryan*QuarterbackAtlanta Falcons[79]
2017Tom Brady* (3)QuarterbackNew England Patriots[4]

See also

References

General
Footnotes
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