With Super Bowl XLVIII mere days away, the countdown is already on to predict who the next MVP is going to be. If you happen to be a betting person, the Broncos’ Peyton Manning currently stands as the runaway favorite to take home the award at 11/10 odds, while on the Seattle side the favorite is a tie between quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch, who are both currently at 15/4.
Like in most matters related to football, the quarterbacks tend to be the ones who get all the glory. Of the 47 Super Bowl MVPs, the award has gone to QBs 26 times; for comparison, the next closest position is running back, which has seen seven players given the honor and requisite trip to Disney World. Icons like Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, and Jerry Rice are but a few of the all-time greats to have taken home the MVP trophy, and most of them are in the Hall of Fame (or will be, when their careers end).
But not all performances are created equal. Sometimes a player may put up pedestrian numbers but make huge plays, sometimes they put up big numbers in a blowout, and sometimes they may simply put up the least-bad numbers in a sloppy game. From best to worst, we’re Ranking Every Super Bowl MVP.