Round 1 Draft Picks Win More Super Bowl MVP Awards Most of the Time

Super Bowl XLIX saw Tom Brady become only the second Player in Super Bowl history to win the MVP award three times. His first was way back in 2002, the second was two years later in 2004, and the third was just a few hours ago in Super Bowl 49. The other 3-time MVP was Joe Montana, who won in 1982, 1985, and 1990. This is not the only thing they have in common, though. They both were not high picks in the NFL Draft. Brady was drafted in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft, placing 199th overall, and Joe Montana was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1979 NFL Draft, placing 82nd overall. This is even more amazing when you see that over 58% of all Super Bowl MVP winners were drafted in the 1st round.

Percentage of Super Bowl MVP Winners by NFL Draft Round

Percentage of Super Bowl MVP Winners by NFL Draft Round

Another thing to note in the chart above is that after round 1, there really is no advantage in regard to Super Bowl MVP’s. Rounds 3, 6, and players undrafted all produced more awards than round 2.

Bart Starr, Eli Manning, and Terry Bradshaw each have two Super Bowl MVP Awards, with 45 other players having one award each. There are a total of 50 players because in 1978, Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVP’s of Super Bowl XII.

Following is a list of all the winners with the number of MVP awards:

NFL Mvps by Winner

NFL Mvps by Winner

Data Source: Wikipedia.

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