Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award

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 Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the award for the first time after the 2018 NFL season, after throwing for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his first full year as a starter.[4]

The AP has presented an award recognizing the NFL's top player since 1957. 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]

Eight NFL franchises have not produced an MVP, the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts have had the most overall winners with seven and the most unique winners with four different players winning the award.

AP NFL MVP Award
Given forMost valuable player in the National Football League
Presented byAssociated Press
History
First award1957
Most winsPeyton Manning (5)
Most recentPatrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes II
Patrick Mahomes, the most recent winner of the award

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

JohnnyUnitasSignAutograph1964
Johnny Unitas won three AP NFL MVP awards as quarterback of the Baltimore Colts.
Bart Starr 1961 Topps
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]
1986 Jeno's Pizza - 29 - O.J. Simpson (O.J. Simpson crop)
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]
1986 Jeno's Pizza - 52 - Marcus Allen (Marcus Allen crop)
Running back Marcus Allen set an NFL record with 2,314 yards from scrimmage in 1985 for the Los Angeles Raiders.[21]
BrettFavre
Quarterback Brett Favre won three straight awards from 1995 to 1997 with the Green Bay Packers.
Peyton Manning passing
Quarterback Peyton Manning won four awards with the Indianapolis Colts and one with the Denver Broncos.
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]
1962 Jim Taylor Running back Green Bay Packers [16]
AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award winners
Season Player Position Team Ref
1961 Paul Hornung Running back Green Bay Packers [29]
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 [80]
2018 Patrick Mahomes Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs [81]

See also

References

General
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AP Player of the Year

AP Player of the Year may refer to:

In collegiate sports:

Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year

Associated Press College Football Player of the YearIn professional sports:

Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award

Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award

Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

Barry Sanders

Barry Sanders (born July 16, 1968) is a former American football running back. He played professionally for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). A Pro Bowl invitee in each of his ten NFL seasons and two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Sanders led the league in rushing yards four times and established himself as one of the most elusive runners in pro football with his quickness and agility. In 2007, he was ranked by NFL Network's NFL Top 10 series as the most elusive runner in NFL history, and also topped its list of greatest players never to play in a Super Bowl. He is often regarded as one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.

Sanders played college football for the Oklahoma State Cowboys football team, where, as a junior in 1988 he compiled what is considered one of the greatest individual seasons in college football history, rushing for 2,850 yards and 42 touchdowns in 12 games. He was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding college player in the nation and was unanimously recognized as an All-American. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

Sanders joined the Lions in 1989 and had an immediate impact, winning the NFL's Rookie of the Year award. Through ten seasons in Detroit, he averaged over 1,500 rushing yards per season and just under 100 rushing yards per game. In 1997, he became the third player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season and was named the NFL Most Valuable Player. Still seemingly in his prime, Sanders unexpectedly retired from football after the 1998 season, 1,457 yards short of breaking the NFL's all-time rushing record. His number 20 jersey was retired by the Lions, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Brett Favre

Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was a 20-year veteran of the NFL, having played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, Packers from 1992 to 2007, New York Jets in 2008, and Minnesota Vikings from 2009 to 2010. Favre was the first NFL quarterback to pass for 500 touchdowns, throw for 70,000 yards, complete 6,000 passes, and attempt 10,000 passes.

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Favre played college football for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles for four years, setting many school records. He was selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Falcons, with whom he spent one season as a backup before being traded to Green Bay for the Packers' first-round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. Favre became the Packers' starting quarterback in the fourth game of the 1992 NFL season and started every game through the 2007 season. He played for the Packers for 16 years before being traded to the Jets for the 2008 season and spending his final two seasons with the Vikings. In that time, he made an NFL-record 297 consecutive starts, 321 including the playoffs.

Favre's eleven Pro Bowl invitations is the third most among quarterbacks in NFL history. He is the only player to win the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times, doing so from 1995 to 1997, and is one of only six quarterbacks to have won the award as well as the Super Bowl in the same season. He led teams to eight division championships, five NFC Championship Games, and two Super Bowl appearances: Super Bowl XXXI and Super Bowl XXXII. He and the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots.

Favre holds many NFL records, including most career pass attempts, most career interceptions thrown, most consecutive starts by a player, most times sacked, and most fumbles. At the time of his retirement, he was the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and quarterback wins; all three records have since been broken by Peyton Manning and Tom Brady respectively. Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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