2020 saw Aaron Rodgers become the third-oldest player to be named NFL MVP. Which two players are ahead of Rodgers on the list of oldest MVPs, who is the young player to win the award, and who are the oldest and youngest players to win Super Bowl MVP?
Who is the oldest NFL MVP?
Two quarterbacks reside ahead of Rodgers when it comes to the oldest players named MVP. Neither of these names will come as a particular surprise — Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Peyton Manning became the oldest player to win the MVP in 2013
Manning held this honor in 2013 when he won the award for the fourth time. At the end of the 2013 regular season, Manning was 37 years and 270 days old. He took over the mantle of the oldest player to win the MVP award from Rich Gannon. Gannon had won the award in 2002 when he was 37 years and eight days old.
Rodgers was 37 years and 25 days old at the end of the Packers’ 2020 regular season. Therefore, Rodgers slides in between Manning and Gannon on this list.
Tom Brady was over 40 years old when he won the MVP in 2017
2017 saw Tom Brady win his third 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. Next season, Brady will have the chance to extend that to over 44 years old if he wins the MVP.
Who is the youngest NFL MVP?
Rodgers winning the award at over 37 years old is in stark contrast to just a year ago. 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 youngest player to win the MVP from Patrick Mahomes, who won the award in 2018.
The last four awards have seen the two youngest players win the MVP, and two of the three oldest.
Who are the youngest and the oldest players to win the Super Bowl MVP award?
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 51 when the Patriots defeated the Falcons. Brady was 39 years and 183 days old at the time of winning the award.
He just missed out on the opportunity to extend that record two years later. In the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory against the Rams, Julian Edelman took home the award.
Is Patrick Mahomes the youngest Super Bowl MVP?
The youngest QB to win the Super Bowl MVP is Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes won the award last season as the Chiefs defeated the 49ers. In a somewhat strange twist of fate, Mahomes took the honor of the 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 the Super Bowl MVP!
However, two players were actually younger than Mahomes when they took home the Super Bowl MVP award. Lynn Swann won the MVP award in Super Bowl 10 just under two months before his 24th birthday. However, Oakland Raiders running back Marcus 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 entering Super Bowl 55.
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