he Super Bowl MVP is presented to the most valuable player of the NFL’s championship game. The winner is chosen by a panel of 16 NFL writers and broadcasters, and since Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, fans’ online vote. The media panel’s votes make up 80% of the vote tally while the fans’ ballots account for the remaining 20% of the total scores.
Media members start casting their votes with five minutes left in the game but are allowed to change their votes when the game ends. They can nominate one player from each team with the understanding that their final vote will go to the player whose team won the game.
Super Bowl MVP Facts
In the history of the Super Bowl, quarterbacks have won the majority of the Super Bowl MVP with a total of 30 including seven out of the last 10. Last year, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes was named the Super Bowl MVP. Running backs and wide receivers have won the award seven times each. The last time that a running back won Super Bowl MVP honors was in 1998 when Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos was given the honor. On the other hand, New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman was the last wide receiver to win the award in 2019.
Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has won more Super Bowl MVPs than any other NFL player. Brady won four while he was still with the New England Patriots whom he helped lead to six Super Bowl titles.
San Francisco great Joe Montana is next with three Super Bowl MVP wins while Green Bay Packers’ QB Bart Starr, Pittsburgh Steelers’ QB Terry Bradshaw, and New York Giants’ Eli Manning each have two Super Bowl MVPs to their names. Starr and Bradshaw are the only two to win the award in consecutive seasons.
The MVP has come from the winning team in all but one instance. In 1971, Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Chuck Howley won the award despite his team losing to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. Meanwhile, only once has it happened that there was a co-MVP in the Super Bowl and that was in 1977 at Super Bowl XII when Harvey Martin and Harvey White of the Cowboys achieved the feat.
Super Bowl LV
This year’s edition of the NFL championship game will be called Super Bowl LV and it will be played at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. The defending Super Bowl Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to repeat as champions when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7th.
The Bucs are in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2003 when they won it all. They are also the first team in the history of the NFL to appear in a Super Bowl that is being played at their home field. The Bucs will be led by 43-year old future Hall of Famer Tom Brady who will be making a record 10th Super Bowl appearance.
Super Bowl LV will mark the fifth meeting between Brady and Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and they are currently 2-2 against each other as starters. Brady won the only playoff meeting between these two QBs when the Patriots defeated the Chiefs in the 2018 AFC title game. Mahomes however, won their last head-to-head meeting earlier this season when the Chiefs beat the Bucs 27-24 on November 29, 2020.
While Mahomes will be looking to become the third player in NFL history to win consecutive Super Bowl MVP awards, Brady is aiming to add to his record 4th and will be attempting to be the first to win Super Bowl MVP honors while playing for the two different NFL conferences.
Here are the Top 10 odds to win Super Bowl LV MVP. These odds were taken from BetOnline as of 01/28/2021:
Who Are the Favorites?
Patrick Mahomes – With the Kansas City Chiefs listed as betting favorites to win Super Bowl LV, it wasn’t surprising why the oddsmakers put Patrick Mahomes over everyone else at -125 as of 1/28/21. Mahomes is at the center of what Kansas City does and he is the fuel that runs their offense. It’s hard to imagine the Chiefs winning this game without Mahomes taking charge. Kansas City has many weapons but everything starts with Mahomes.
Tom Brady – You can say the same thing about Tom Brady. The 43-year old is the heart and soul of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is their most experienced player having played in the big game nine times in the past. When the Bucs signed Brady during the previous offseason, they did so with only one thing in mind: get to the Super Bowl. They’re here now and given that Brady has won this award four times in his six Super Bowl wins, there’s a really good chance he takes home a fifth Pete Rozelle trophy if Tampa Bay wins.
Tyreek Hill – You can’t count out Tyreek Hill here because it was just two seasons ago when Julian Edelman won it while catching Brady’s passes in New England. Hill ranked 8th in the league with 1,276 receiving yards and was second in receiving TDs with 15 caught. He had 8 catches with 110 receiving yards in their Divisional game against the Browns and had 9 catches with 172 yards in the AFC championship against the Bills. If it’s not Mahomes, it will likely be Hill if the Chiefs win
Other Betting Picks
Who Are the Sleeper Picks?
Leonard Fournette hasbeen the MVP for the Bucs so far in the playoffs. Fournette has carried the Tampa Bay backfield in the postseason and his all-around game may be the key to ousting the Chiefs. He has totaled 313 yards from scrimmage with three total touchdowns during the playoffs and he’s shone for the Bucs when Brady has struggled. With Ronald Jones out with a quad injury, Fournette has been the Bucs’ best option.
Chris Godwin has the same odds as Leonard Fournette and he’s a guy who has more catches (14) and receiving yards (223) than the Bucs’ best wideout in Mike Evans. Evans will likely get more attention because he is the better red-zone threat. If Tampa Bay wins and it’s because of a wideout, Godwin has the better betting value with Evans currently listed at +2800.
Who Are the Longshot Picks?
Sammy Watkins will return to action for the Chiefs after missing three games with a calf injury. Watkins averaged 96 receiving yards per game during Kansas City’s Super Bowl run last season. With the Tampa Bay defense expected to focus on Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, Watkins could be an interesting longshot pick at +8000 at DraftKings.
Rob Gronkowski has been here many times before and although he is no longer the same player he was in his prime, there’s no denying the fact that he was Tom Brady’s favorite weapon. OnlyJerry Rice has more receiving TDs in the postseason and with the Chiefs’ defense struggling against tight ends, he could be a great longshot pick at +660 at SportsBetting.ag
Super Bowl LIV MVP Winner Prediction
Patrick Mahomes is the safe bet here. He looked good last week despite coming off a concussion and playing with a toe injury. Kansas City is favored to win the game and as we said earlier, Mahomes is the key to their offense. However, don’t count out Tom Brady because he’s after history here. We haven’t seen Brady deliver a big game during the current playoffs and he’s due for a big game. I’ll take the plus money and the QB who’s won this award more than anyone else in history.
Prediction: Tom Brady