NFL MVP Winners: List of each winner by year and repeat winners

Each year the Associated Press votes for an NFL MVP winner. Here's a list of all the winners throughout history.

After each season, a new NFL MVP winner is enshrined into pro football history. 50 members of the Associated Press vote on the NFL MVP following the final week of the NFL regular season. In today’s era of the NFL, the MVP is typically the quarterback of the winningest team from that season. However, throughout the years, we’ve seen running backs, a linebacker, and even a kicker win the NFL MVP award.

List of NFL MVP Winners

Below is a list of all the NFL MVP winners throughout NFL history. We’ll start prior to the merger.

Pre-merger

  • 1957 | FB Jim Brown
    Cleveland Browns
  • 1958 | FB Jim Brown
    Cleveland Browns
  • 1959 | QB Johnny Unitas
    Baltimore Colts
  • 1960 | QB Norm Van Brocklin
    Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1961 | HB Paul Hornung
    Green Bay Packers
  • 1962 | FB Jim Taylor
    Green Bay Packers
  • 1963 | QB Y.A. Tittle
    New York Giants
  • 1964 | QB Johnny Unitas
    Baltimore Colts
  • 1965 | FB Jim Brown
    Cleveland Browns

Post-merger, 1960s-1990s

  • 1966 | QB Bart Starr
    Green Bay Packers
  • 1967 | QB Johnny Unitas
    Baltimore Colts
  • 1968 | QB Earl Morrall
    Baltimore Colts
  • 1969 | QB Roman Gabriel
    Los Angeles Rams
  • 1970 | QB John Brodie
    San Francisco 49ers
  • 1971 | DT Alan Page
    Minnesota Vikings
  • 1972 | RB Larry Brown
    Washington Commanders
  • 1973 | RB O.J. Simpson
    Buffalo Bills
  • 1974 | QB Ken Stabler
    Oakland Raiders
  • 1975 | QB Fran Tarkenton
    Minnesota Vikings
  • 1976 | QB Bert Jones
    Baltimore Colts
  • 1977 | RB Walter Payton
    Chicago Bears
  • 1978 | QB Terry Bradshaw
    Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1979 | RB Earl Campbell
    Houston Oilers
  • 1980 | QB Brian Sipe
    Cleveland Browns
  • 1981 | QB Ken Anderson
    Cincinnati Bengals
  • 1982 | K Mark Moseley
    Washington Commanders
  • 1983 | QB Joe Theismann
    Washington Commanders
  • 1984 | QB Dan Marino
    Miami Dolphins
  • 1985 | QB Marcus Allen
    Los Angeles Raiders
  • 1986 | LB Lawrence Taylor
    New York Giants
  • 1987 | QB John Elway
    Denver Broncos
  • 1988 | QB Boomer Esiason
    Cincinnati Bengals
  • 1989 | QB Joe Montana
    San Francisco 49ers
  • 1990 | QB Joe Montana
    San Francisco 49ers
  • 1991 | QB Thurman Thomas
    Buffalo Bills
  • 1992 | QB Steve Young
    San Francisco 49ers
  • 1993 | QB Emmitt Smith
    Dallas Cowboys
  • 1994 | QB Steve Young
    San Francisco 49ers
  • 1995 | QB Brett Favre
    Green Bay Packers
  • 1996 | QB Brett Favre
    Green Bay Packers
  • 1997 | RB Barry Sanders
    Detroit Lions
  • 1997 | QB Brett Favre
    Green Bay Packers
  • 1998 | RB Terrell Davis
    Denver Broncos
  • 1999 | QB Kurt Warner
    St. Louis Rams

Post-merger, 2000s-present

  • 2000 | RB Marshall Faulk
    St. Louis Rams
  • 2001 | QB Kurt Warner
    St. Louis Rams
  • 2002 | QB Rich Gannon
    Oakland Raiders
  • 2003 | QB Steve McNair
    Tennessee Titans
  • 2003 | QB Peyton Manning
    Indianapolis Colts
  • 2004 | QB Peyton Manning
    Indianapolis Colts
  • 2005 | RB Shaun Alexander
    Seattle Seahawks
  • 2006 | RB LaDainian Tomlinson
    San Diego Chargers
  • 2007 | QB Tom Brady
    New England Patriots
  • 2008 | QB Peyton Manning
    Indianapolis Colts
  • 2009 | QB Peyton Manning
    Indianapolis Colts
  • 2010 | QB Tom Brady
    New England Patriots
  • 2011 | QB Aaron Rodgers
    Green Bay Packers
  • 2012 | RB Adrian Peterson
    Minnesota Vikings
  • 2013 | QB Peyton Manning
    Denver Broncos
  • 2014 | QB Aaron Rodgers
    Green Bay Packers
  • 2015 | QB Cam Newton
    Carolina Panthers
  • 2016 | QB Matt Ryan
    Atlanta Falcons
  • 2017 | QB Tom Brady
    New England Patriots
  • 2018 | QB Patrick Mahomes
    Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2019 | QB Lamar Jackson
    Baltimore Ravens
  • 2020 | QB Aaron Rodgers
    Green Bay Packers
  • 2021 | QB Aaron Rodgers
    Green Bay Packers

Repeat winners of the NFL MVP award

To be recognized as the most valuable player in one season is an accomplishment nobody can take away from you. To do it multiple times, like the five different times Peyton Manning was named NFL MVP, is remarkable.

Below is a list of all the repeat NFL MVP winners throughout the history of the award:

  • 5-time winner | Tom Brady
    • 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013
  • 4-time winner | Aaron Rodgers
    • 2011, 2014, 2020, 2021
  • 3-time winners
    • Tom Brady
      2007, 2010, 2017
    • Brett Favre
      1995, 1996, 1997
    • Jim Brown
      1957, 1958, 1965
    • Johnny Unitas
      1959, 1964, 1967
  • 2-time winners
    • Kurt Warner
      1999, 2001
    • Steve Young
      1992, 1994
    • Joe Montana
      1989, 1990

NFL MVP FAQs

Here are some MVP-winning tidbits of info you’ve probably been curious about.

Who has the most NFL MVPs?

Peyton Manning won the NFL MVP award five different times throughout his career. He won four with the Indianapolis Colts and his final MVP with the Denver Broncos in 2013.

Has there ever been a tie for the NFL MVP award?

A tie on the NFL MVP voting ballot has occurred on two separate occasions. The first time came in 1997 when both quarterback Brett Favre and running back Barry Sanders each received 18 votes (or 37.5% of the voting share). Voting took place before Week 17; following the 1997 season, MVP voting was moved to following the regular season.

The second time came in 2003 when two quarterbacks tied with 16 votes each: Peyton Manning and Steve McNair.

How many times has a player won back-to-back NFL MVP awards?

Since 1957, a player has won back-to-back NFL MVP awards five times. This includes Jim Brown in 1957 and 1958 (pre-merger), Joe Montana in 1989 and 1990, Brett Favre in 1996 and 1997, and Peyton Manning twice in 2003-2004 and 2008-2009. Jim Brown is the only non-quarterback to win back-to-back MVPs.

Has anyone ever won NFL MVP three times in a row?

Quarterback Brett Favre is the only player to win the NFL MVP award in three consecutive years. He did it in 1995, 1996, and 1997.

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