NFL quarterbacks seem to have found a secret fountain of youth as of late, with a number of big names playing longer than anyone before. Guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have continued to play at high levels as they approach and even surpass their 40s. With that in mind, who is the oldest player to win an NFL MVP award? Additionally, who is the youngest? Let’s take a look at the history of the NFL MVP award.
Who Is the Oldest NFL MVP Winner in NFL History?
2017 saw Brady win his third NFL MVP award, his first since 2010. Brady was over 40 years old at the time of winning the award, meaning he took over as the oldest player to win the NFL MVP award.
When Brady won the award, he led the NFL in passing attempts (581), yards (4,577), and yards per game (286.1) while throwing for 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also won the Super Bowl that year, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.
In 2021, Rodgers won the NFL MVP at 37 years old, putting him just behind Brady as the oldest NFL MVP winner.
Peyton Manning also once held the honor of being the oldest NFL MVP winner when he accomplished that feat in 2013. At the end of the regular season, Manning was 37 years and 270 days old. Manning is also the only player in NFL history to have won five NFL MVP awards.
Who Is the Youngest NFL MVP Winner?
In 2019, Lamar Jackson became the youngest player to win the NFL MVP award at just over 23 years old. Interestingly, when Jackson won the award, he took the mantle of the youngest player to win the MVP from Patrick Mahomes, who won the award in 2018.
Who Is the Oldest Super Bowl MVP Winner?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Tom Brady also holds the record as the oldest NFL player to win the Super Bowl MVP award. Brady won the MVP award in Super Bowl LV when he defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady was 43 years old when he won the award.
Who Is the Youngest Super Bowl MVP Winner?
When looking for the youngest Super Bowl MVP winners, there are two names that come to mind — Lynn Swann and Marcus Allen. Swann won the MVP award in Super Bowl 10 just under two months before his 24th birthday.
However, Oakland Raiders running back Allen won the award in Super Bowl 18 when he was 12 days younger than Swann. Therefore, Allen is the youngest Super Bowl MVP in history.
Who Is the Youngest QB To Win Super Bowl MVP?
The youngest QB to win Super Bowl MVP is Mahomes. He won the award when the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in 2019. In a somewhat strange twist of fate, Mahomes took the honor of youngest QB to win the Super Bowl MVP from Brady.
Brady was 24 when he won his first Super Bowl MVP back in 2002. Prior to 2019, Brady had the weird honor of being the youngest and oldest NFL QB to win Super Bowl MVP.