|AP NFL MVP Award|
|Given for||Most valuable player in the National Football League|
|Presented by||Associated Press|
|Most wins||Peyton Manning|
|Most recent||Patrick Mahomes|
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. 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. The most recent 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. He was the Chiefs first winner of the award.
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. Voters for the award have included Troy Aikman of Fox Sports; Cris Collinsworth and Tony Dungy of NBC Sports; and Herm Edwards of ESPN. The only player to be voted unanimously is Tom Brady, who received all 50 votes for the 2010 season's award.
Due to voters' tendency to favor offensive positions, 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.
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. Since then, nine AP NFL MVPs have led their team to the Super Bowl and were defeated each time. This has led to tongue-in-cheek claims in recent years that there is a "curse" preventing the awardee's team from winning the Super Bowl.
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 AP has presented an award recognizing the NFL's top player since the 1957 season, 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", and the 1962 winner was recognized as the AP's "Player of the Year". The AP considers 1961 to be the first year in which it presented a "Most Valuable Player" award. 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.
|1957||Jim Brown||Running back||Cleveland Browns|||
|None awarded / different award|||
|1958||Jim Brown (2)||Running back||Cleveland Browns|||
|Gino Marchetti||Defensive end||Baltimore Colts|||
|1959||Johnny Unitas||Quarterback||Baltimore Colts|||
|Charlie Conerly||Quarterback||New York Giants|||
|1960||Norm Van Brocklin||Quarterback||Philadelphia Eagles|||
|Norm Van Brocklin
|1962||Jim Taylor||Running back||Green Bay Packers|||
|1961||Paul Hornung||Running back||Green Bay Packers|||
|1963||Y. A. Tittle||Quarterback||New York Giants|||
|1964||Johnny Unitas (2)||Quarterback||Baltimore Colts|||
|1965||Jim Brown (3)||Running back||Cleveland Browns|||
|1966||Bart Starr||Quarterback||Green Bay Packers|||
|1967||Johnny Unitas (3)||Quarterback||Baltimore Colts|||
|1968||Earl Morrall||Quarterback||Baltimore Colts|||
|1969||Roman Gabriel||Quarterback||Los Angeles Rams|||
|1970||John Brodie||Quarterback||San Francisco 49ers|||
|1971||Alan Page||Defensive tackle||Minnesota Vikings|||
|1972||Larry Brown||Running back||Washington Redskins|||
|1973||O. J. Simpson||Running back||Buffalo Bills|||
|1974||Ken Stabler||Quarterback||Oakland Raiders|||
|1975||Fran Tarkenton||Quarterback||Minnesota Vikings|||
|1976||Bert Jones||Quarterback||Baltimore Colts|||
|1977||Walter Payton||Running back||Chicago Bears|||
|1978||Terry Bradshaw||Quarterback||Pittsburgh Steelers|||
|1979||Earl Campbell||Running back||Houston Oilers|||
|1980||Brian Sipe||Quarterback||Cleveland Browns|||
|1981||Ken Anderson||Quarterback||Cincinnati Bengals|||
|1982||Mark Moseley||Placekicker||Washington Redskins|||
|1983||Joe Theismann||Quarterback||Washington Redskins|||
|1984||Dan Marino||Quarterback||Miami Dolphins|||
|1985||Marcus Allen||Running back||Los Angeles Raiders|||
|1986||Lawrence Taylor||Linebacker||New York Giants|||
|1987||John Elway||Quarterback||Denver Broncos|||
|1988||Boomer Esiason||Quarterback||Cincinnati Bengals|||
|1989||Joe Montana||Quarterback||San Francisco 49ers|||
|1990||Joe Montana (2)||Quarterback||San Francisco 49ers|||
|1991||Thurman Thomas||Running back||Buffalo Bills|||
|1992||Steve Young||Quarterback||San Francisco 49ers|||
|1993||Emmitt Smith||Running back||Dallas Cowboys|||
|1994||Steve Young (2)||Quarterback||San Francisco 49ers|||
|1995||Brett Favre||Quarterback||Green Bay Packers|||
|1996||Brett Favre (2)||Quarterback||Green Bay Packers|||
|1997||Brett Favre (3)
|Green Bay Packers
|1998||Terrell Davis||Running back||Denver Broncos|||
|1999||Kurt Warner||Quarterback||St. Louis Rams|||
|2000||Marshall Faulk||Running back||St. Louis Rams|||
|2001||Kurt Warner (2)||Quarterback||St. Louis Rams|||
|2002||Rich Gannon||Quarterback||Oakland Raiders|||
|2004||Peyton Manning (2)||Quarterback||Indianapolis Colts|||
|2005||Shaun Alexander||Running back||Seattle Seahawks|||
|2006||LaDainian Tomlinson||Running back||San Diego Chargers|||
|2007||Tom Brady||Quarterback||New England Patriots|||
|2008||Peyton Manning (3)||Quarterback||Indianapolis Colts|||
|2009||Peyton Manning (4)||Quarterback||Indianapolis Colts|||
|2010||Tom Brady (2)||Quarterback||New England Patriots|||
|2011||Aaron Rodgers||Quarterback||Green Bay Packers|||
|2012||Adrian Peterson||Running back||Minnesota Vikings|||
|2013||Peyton Manning (5)||Quarterback||Denver Broncos|||
|2014||Aaron Rodgers (2)||Quarterback||Green Bay Packers|||
|2015||Cam Newton||Quarterback||Carolina Panthers|||
|2016||Matt Ryan||Quarterback||Atlanta Falcons|||
|2017||Tom Brady (3)||Quarterback||New England Patriots|||
|2018||Patrick Mahomes||Quarterback||Kansas City Chiefs|||
|1||Peyton Manning||Indianapolis Colts (4) / Denver Broncos (1)||5||2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013|
|2||Jim Brown||Cleveland Browns||3||1957, 1958, 1965|
|Johnny Unitas||Baltimore Colts||1959, 1964, 1967|
|Brett Favre||Green Bay Packers||1995, 1996, 1997|
|Tom Brady||New England Patriots||2007, 2010, 2017|
|3||Joe Montana||San Francisco 49ers||2||1989, 1990|
|Steve Young||San Francisco 49ers||1992, 1994|
|Kurt Warner||St. Louis Rams||1999, 2001|
|Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||2011, 2014|
The AP NFL awards, which essentially serve as the official league honors...
The Associated Press MVP award is the most prestigious, but it's only Round 1 when it comes to NFL player-of-the-year awards.
I think the first year we gave out awards was 1957.
Including the four years prior to 1961 when it was known as the Most Outstanding Player award...
Fifty media members (I'm one of them) will vote by Jan. 4 for awards given out by The Associated Press, which began awarding the MVP in 1961 and has never given it to a rookie. (Cleveland Browns fullback Jim Brown did win what was then called NFL Player of the Year in his rookie year in 1957.)
"AP NFL Most Valuable Player Winners". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016.
"Full list of NFL MVP winners". Sports Illustrated. February 2, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
"NFL History: Awards". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2016.
Philadelphia quarterback Norm Van Brocklin and Detroit linebacker Joe Schmidt shared the award in 1960.