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Super Bowl MVPs and their Rookie Cards

Sixty Minutes.  Technically, that is the length of the Super Bowl. Of course, add in the pre-game build-up, the halftime show and all the multi-million dollar commercial breaks in between, and the event feels more like a three-day weekend festival.  So it’s a bit of a misnomer to suggest the game only lasts 60 minutes.

Another misnomer is that the highly touted MVP trophy brings with it greatness, acclaim and hobby stardom.  Collectors still clamor for the rookie card of the Super Bowl III MVP, Joe Namath, but it’s tough to even find a rookie card for Dexter Jackson (drafted in 1999), who took home the MVP in Super Bowl XXXVII for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2003.  The Super Bowl MVP transformed the label of a few players in the NFL from ‘successful career’ to ‘legacy’, while for others, it was just their one shining moment.

Either way, here’s a list of the Super Bowl MVP’s and their preferred rookie cards:

Super Bowl I & II
Bart Starr, QB, Green Bay:  1957 Topps
Starr had 2 touchdown passes in the Super Bowl I vs the Chiefs and 202 yards passing and a TD in the Packers Super Bowl II victory over the Raiders.

1965 Topps Joe Namath rookie cardSuper Bowl III
Joe Namath, QB, New York Jets:  1965 Topps
Namath threw for 206 yards passing in the Jets historic upset of the Colts

Super Bowl IV
Len Dawson, QB, Kansas City:  1963 Fleer
Dawson tossed for 142 yards passing and 1 TD as the Chiefs topped the Vikings

Super Bowl V
Chuck Howley, LB, Dallas:  1966 Philadelphia
Howley had 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery, but he became the only MVP to lose the game as his Cowboys lost to the Colts, 16-13.

Super Bowl VI
Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas:  1972 Topps
America's Team rebounded after a loss the previous year, with a 24-3 victory over the Dolphins and Staubach had 119 yards passing and 2 TD's in the win.

Super Bowl VII
Jake Scott, S, Miami:  1971 Topps
Scott had 2 interceptions in the Dolphins defensive minded 14-7 defeat of the Redskins, to seal the only undefeated season in NFL history

Super Bowl VIII
Larry Csonka, FB, Miami:  1969 Topps
33 carries, 145 yards rushing, 2 TDs in 24-7 victory over Vikings

Super Bowl IX
Franco Harris, RB, Pittsburgh:  1973 Topps
158 yards rushing, 1 TD in 16-6 win against the Vikings

Super Bowl X
Lynn Swann, WR, Pittsburgh:  1975 Topps 
4 catches, 161 yards, 1 TD in a historic performance leading the Steelers to a 2nd straight Super Bowl win, 21-17 over the Cowboys

Super Bowl XI
Fred Biletnikoff, WR, Oakland:  1965 Topps
4 catches, 79 yards in Raiders first Super Bowl victory, a 32-14 finish over the Vikings

Super Bowl XII
Harvey Martin & Randy White, DL, Dallas:  1976 Topps (both)
Led Dallas defense that forced eight turnovers in 27-10 win vs the Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XIII & Super Bowl XIV
Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh:  1971 Topps
Bradshaw cemented his place in the Hall of Fame with back to MVP's by throwing for 318 yards and 4 TDs against the Cowboys, then 309 yards and 2 TD's the following year against the Rams

Super Bowl XV1981 Topps Joe Montana
Jim Plunkett, QB, Oakland:  1972 Topps
261 yards passing, 3 TDs in 27-10 victory over Eagles

Super Bowl XVI,  XIX, & XXIV
Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco:  1981 Topps
The only 3-time MVP in Super Bowl history

Super Bowl XVII
John Riggins, RB, Washington:  1972 Topps
166 yards rushing, 1 TD against the Dolphins

Super Bowl XVIII
Marcus Allen, RB, Los Angeles:  1983 Topps
20 carries, 191 yards rushing, 2 TDs in dominating 38-9 win over the Redskins

Super Bowl XX
Richard Dent, DE, Chicago:  1985 Topps
2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles in stream-roll of Patriots

Super Bowl XXI
Phil Simms, QB, New York:  1980 Topps
22-25, 268 yards passing, 3 TDs in win over Broncos

Super Bowl XXII
Doug Williams, QB, Washington:  1979 Topps
Quietly a trailblazer to many, Williams had one maybe the greatest half in Super Bowl history, enroute to 340 yards passing and 4 TDs as his Redskins toppled the Broncos

Super Bowl XXIII
Jerry Rice, WR, San Francisco:  1986 Topps
11 catches, 215 yards, 1 TD in win over Bengals

Super Bowl XXV
Ottis Anderson, RB, New York:  1980 Topps
102 yards rushing, 1 TD as Giants defeated the Bills 20-19 after a Scott Norwood miss

Super Bowl XXVI
Mark Rypien, QB, Washington:  1989 Score
292 yards passing, 2 TDs in win over Bills

Super Bowl XXVII
Troy Aikman, QB, Dallas:  1989 Score
273 yards passing, 4 TDs against the Bills

Super Bowl XXVIII
Emmitt Smith, RB, Dallas:  1990 Score Supplemental
30 carries, 132 yards, 2 TDs vs the Bills

Super Bowl XXIX
Steve Young, QB, San Francisco:  1984 Topps USFL or 1986 Topps
325 yards passing, 6 TDs on the Chargers

Super Bowl XXX
Larry Brown, CB, Dallas:  1991 Pacific
Two interceptions against Neil O'Donnell in the 27-17 victory over the Steelers

Super Bowl XXXI
Desmond Howard, KR, Green Bay:  1992 Classic or 1993 SP
244 all-purpose yards, 99-yard kick return TD vs the Patriots

Super Bowl XXXII
Terrell Davis, RB, Denver:  1995 Select Certified or 1995 SP
30 carries, 157 yards, 3 TDs against the Packers

Super Bowl XXXIII
John Elway, QB, Denver:  1984 Topps
336 yards passing, 1 TD vs the Falcons

Super Bowl XXXIV
Kurt Warner, QB, St. Louis:  1999 Playoff Contenders Auto
414 yards passing, 2 TDs in the thriller over the Titans

Super Bowl XXXV
Ray Lewis, LB, Baltimore:  1996 Bowman's Best
Led a dominant Ravens defense past the Giants

Super Bowl XXXVI &  XXXVIII
Tom Brady, QB, New England:  2000 SP Authentic
The numbers don't show everything as he passed for 145 yards passing and 1 TD in his 1st Super Bowl against the Rams, but he made up for it against the Panthers two years later throwing for 354 yards and 3 TDs.

Super Bowl XXXVII
Dexter Jackson, CB, Tampa Bay2003 Topps Chrome Ring of Honor
Two first-half interceptions, although many defensive players could have taken the award home in the 48-21 drubbing of the Raiders

Super Bowl XXXIX
Deion Branch, WR, New England:  2002 SP Authentic Auto
11 catches, 133 yards on the Eagles

Super Bowl XL
Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh:  1998 Playoff Contenders Auto
5 catches, 123 yards, 1 TD against the Seahawks

Super Bowl XLI
Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis:  1998 SP Authentic
247 yards passing, 1 TD versus the vaunted Bears defense

Super Bowl XLIII
Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers:  2006 Upper Deck Exquisite Auto
9 catches, 131 yards, and the game-winning touchdown in dramatic fashion

Super Bowl XLIV
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints:  2001 Playoff Contenders Auto
32-of-39, 288 yards, 2 TDs over Peyton Manning's Colts

Super Bowl XLV
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers:  2005 SP Authentic Auto
24-of-39, 304 yards, 3 TDs vs the Steelers

Super Bowl XLII & XLVI
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants:  2004 Bowman Chrome Refractor Auto
One more MVP than his brother, defeating Tom Brady's Patriots both times, even thwarting a New England undefeated season along the way

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