Top Five Super Bowl MVP’s: Decade Edition

Steve Hamann

Top Five Super Bowl MVP’s: Decade Edition

This weekend the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs will square off against Tom Brady and the Tampa Buccaneers. The Buccaneers will be the first team to host a Super Bowl that they are a part of. Here I will rank my top five Super Bowl MVP performances dating back to 2010. 

Tom Brady – SB LI

Is there any Super Bowl list that doesn’t include Tom Brady? The GOAT had one of his best Super Bowl performances back in 2017 against the Atlanta Falcons. Brady led the Patriots to the most remarkable comeback in Super Bowl history after being down 28-3. The Patriots quarterback threw 466 yards, which ranks second all-time in total passing yards in an SB game. Brady’s two interceptions knock him down this list. Nineteen fourth-quarter points are nothing short of incredible and good enough for fifth on my list.

 

Aaron Rodgers
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Aaron Rodgers – SB XLV

As a Bears fan, I have a special hatred for Aaron Rodgers, so including him in this list was difficult. Rodgers came out guns blazing and connected with Jordy Nelson scoring the first touchdown. His leadership put the Packers in the driver’s seat for much of the game. Rodgers finished the game near perfect with three touchdowns and over three hundred yards. Greg Jennings made a case for himself to be MVP, but everyone watching knew it was Aaron Rodgers’ trophy to take home at the end of the day. 

 

Tom Brady – SB XLIX

Many might forget that Tom Brady won Super Bowl MVP in 2015. Super Bowl XLIX will forever be remembered for Pete Carroll’s stubbornness to run the football at the 1-yard line. Malcolm Butler created the lone turnover for the Patriots, which some thought would be enough to secure him the MVP trophy. However, it was not enough to overcome Brady’s four touchdown passes and 328 passing yards. The GOAT’s performance won him his third MVP and fourth Super Bowl ring.

Malcom Smith
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Malcolm Smith – SB XLVIII

To win Super Bowl MVP as a defensive player is EXTREMELY hard. Only eleven players have won MVP on the defensive side in fifty-three years. With the odds against him, Malcolm Smith played his best game of football in his entire life. Smith finished the game with a full stat line that included ten tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown. The Seahawks defense, better known as the Legion of Boom, was stacked with playmakers all over. Malcolm Smith was possibly the least likely to end with the award. Smith’s performance was good enough to land him the number two spot on my list.

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Nick Foles – SB LII

Who doesn’t love a good underdog story? That’s exactly what the Eagles and backup quarterback Nick Foles were in Super Bowl LII. Many thought that the Patriots dynasty would demolish the Eagles, but Nick Foles would not let that happen. Nick Foles completed twenty-eight passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns in a tight game. Also, we can’t fail to mention the play that cemented Foles’ MVP performance. Right before halftime, Foles convinced Doug Pederson to run the “Philly Special” on fourth and goal. This was a trick play that wound up with Foles wide open in the endzone catching his only career touchdown pass. When the Eagles needed him the most, Nick Foles showed up and showed out, landing him the top spot on my SB MVP performances since 2010.

 

 

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