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NFL Most Valuable Player/Player of the Year

The NFL began awarding the Joe F. Carr Trophy (Carr was league president from 1921-39) to the league's most valuable player in 1938, and continued to do so until 1946. Since that time, the NFL's Most Valuable Players and Players of the Year have been named by a variety of sources including some of the top football publications.

The principle organizations presenting MVP awards over the years include the United Press, the Associated Press, the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, and the Pro Football Writers Association of America. Magazines such as "Pro Football Weekly" and "The Sporting News" have also presented their own awards for a number of years.

NFL = National Football League
AAFC = All American Football Conference

1938
• Mel Hein, C - NY Giants
1939
• Parker Hall, HB - Cleveland
1940
• Ace Parker, QB - Brooklyn
1941
• Don Hutson, E - Green Bay
1942
• Don Hutson, E - Green Bay
1943
• Sid Luckman, QB - Chicago Bears
1944
• Frank Sinkwich, HB - Detroit
1945
• Bob Waterfield, QB - Cleveland
1946
• (NFL) Bill Dudley, HB - Pittsburgh
• (AAFC) Glenn Dobbs, HB - Brooklyn
1947
• (NFL) No Selection
• (AAFC) Otto Graham, QB - Cleveland
1948
• (NFL) No Selection
• (AAFC) Otto Graham, QB - Cleveland/Frankie Albert, quarterback - San Francisco (tie)
1949
• No Selection
1950
• No Selection
1951
• Otto Graham, QB - Cleveland (United Press)
1952
• No Selection
1953
• Otto Graham, QB - Cleveland (United Press)
1954
• Joe Perry, FB - San Francisco (United Press)
• Lou Groza, OT - Cleveland ("The Sporting News")
1955
• Otto Graham, QB - Cleveland (United Press, "The Sporting News")
• Harlon Hill, E - Chicago Bears (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
1956
• Frank Gifford, HB - NY Giants (United Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, "The Sporting News")
1957
• Y.A. Tittle, QB - San Francisco (United Press)
• Jim Brown, FB - Cleveland (Associated Press, "The Sporting News")
• John Unitas, QB - Baltimore (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
1958
• Jim Brown, FB - Cleveland (United Press, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, "The Sporting News")
1959
• John Unitas, QB - Baltimore (United Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
• Charley Conerly, quarterback - NY Giants (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
1960
(NFL)
• Norm Van Brocklin, QB - Philadelphia (United Press, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, "The Sporting News", Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Joe Schmidt, LB - Detroit (United Press- tie)
(AFL)
• Abner Haynes, HB - Dallas Texans (United Press, "The Sporting News")
1961
(NFL)
• Paul Hornung, HB - Green Bay (United Press, Associated Press, "The Sporting News", Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Y.A. Tittle, QB - NY Giants (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
(AFL)
• George Blanda, QB - Houston (United Press, "The Sporting News")
1962
(NFL)
• Y.A. Tittle, QB - NY Giants (United Press, "The Sporting News")
• Jim Taylor, FB - Green Bay (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Andy Robustelli, DE - NY Giants (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
(AFL)
• Cookie Gilchrist, FB - Buffalo (United Press)
• Len Dawson, QB - Dallas Texans ("The Sporting News")
1963
(NFL)
• Jim Brown, FB - Cleveland (United Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association (tie), Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Y.A. Tittle, QB - NY Giants (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association (tie), "The Sporting News")
(AFL)
• Lance Alworth, WR - San Diego (United Press)
• Clem Daniels, HB - Oakland ("The Sporting News")
1964
(NFL)
• Johnny Unitas, QB - Baltimore (United Press, Associated Press, "The Sporting News", Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Lenny Moore, HB - Baltimore (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
(AFL)
• Gino Cappelletti, WR - Boston (United Press, "The Sporting News")
1965
(NFL) • Jim Brown, FB - Cleveland (United Press, Associated Press, "The Sporting News", Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Pete Retzlaff, TE - Philadelphia (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
(AFL)
Jack Kemp, QB - Buffalo (United Press)
Paul Lowe, HB - San Diego ("The Sporting News")
1966
(NFL)
• Bart Starr, QB - Green Bay (United Press, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, "The Sporting News")
• Don Meredith, QB - Dallas (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
(AFL)
• Jim Nance, FB - Boston (United Press, Associated Press, "The Sporting News")
1967
(NFL)
• Johnny Unitas, QB - Baltimore (United Press, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, "The Sporting News", Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
(AFL)
• Daryle Lamonica, QB - Oakland (United Press, Associated Press, "The Sporting News")
1968
(NFL)
• Earl Morrall, QB - Baltimore (United Press, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, "The Sporting News", "Pro Football Weekly")
• Leroy Kelly, HB - Cleveland (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
(AFL)
• Joe Namath, QB - NY Jets (United Press, "The Sporting News", "Pro Football Weekly")
1969
(NFL)
• Roman Gabriel, QB - LA Rams (United Press, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News", "Pro Football Weekly")
(AFL)
• Daryle Lamonica, QB - Oakland (United Press, "The Sporting News", "Pro Football Weekly")
• Joe Namath, QB - NY Jets (Associated Press)
1970
• John Brodie, QB - San Francisco (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• George Blanda, QB/K - Oakland (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1971
• Alan Page, DT - Minnesota (Associated Press)
• Bob Griese, QB - Miami (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Roger Staubach, QB - Dallas (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1972
• Larry Brown, RB - Washington (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1973
• O.J. Simpson, RB - Buffalo (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1974
• Ken Stabler, QB - Oakland (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Merlin Olsen, DT - LA Rams (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1975
• Fran Tarkenton, QB - Minnesota (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1976
• Bert Jones, QB - Baltimore (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Ken Stabler, QB - Oakland (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1977
• Walter Payton, RB Chicago (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Bob Griese, QB - Miami (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1978
• Earl Campbell, RB - Houston (Pro Football Writers of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Terry Bradshaw, QB - Pittsburgh (Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1979
• Earl Campbell, RB - Houston (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1980
• Brian Sipe, QB - Cleveland (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, "The Sporting News")
• Earl Campbell, RB - Houston (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Ron Jaworski, QB - Philadelphia (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1981
• Ken Anderson, QB - Cincinnati (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, "The Sporting News", Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1982
• Dan Fouts, QB - San Diego (Pro Football Writers of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Mark Moseley, K - Washington (Associated Press, "The Sporting News")
• Joe Theismann, QB - Washington (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1983
• Joe Theismann, QB - Washington (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Eric Dickerson, RB - LA Rams ("The Sporting News")
• John Riggens, RB - Washington (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1984
• Dan Marino, QB - Miami (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
1985
• Marcus Allen, RB - LA Raiders (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, "The Sporting News")
• Walter Payton, RB - Chicago Bears (Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1986
• Lawrence Taylor, LB - NY Giants (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
• Phil Simms, QB - NY Giants (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
1987
• Jerry Rice, WR - San Francisco (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
• John Elway, QB - Denver (Associated Press)
1988
• Boomer Esiason, QB - Cincinnati (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, "The Sporting News")
• Roger Craig, RB - San Francisco (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Randall Cunningham, QB - Philadelphia (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1989
• Joe Montana, QB - San Francisco (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
1990
• Randall Cunningham, QB - Philadelphia (Pro Football Writers Association of America)
• Joe Montana, QB - San Francisco (Associated Press)
• Jerry Rice, WR - San Francisco ("The Sporting News")
1991
• Thurman Thomas, RB - Buffalo (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, "The Sporting News")
• Barry Sanders, RB - Detroit (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1992
• Steve Young, QB - San Francisco (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
1993
• Emmitt Smith, RB - Dallas (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
1994
• Steve Young, QB - San Francisco (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
1995
• Brett Favre, QB - Green Bay (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
1996
• Brett Favre, QB - Green Bay (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
1997
• Brett Favre, QB - Green Bay (Associated Press - tie)
• Barry Sanders, RB - Detroit (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press (tie), Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
1998
• Terrell Davis, RB - Denver (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, "The Sporting News")
• Randall Cunningham, QB - Minnesota (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1999
• Kurt Warner, QB - St. Louis Rams (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2000
• Marshall Faulk, RB - St. Louis Rams (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America)
• Rich Gannon, QB - Oakland (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2001
• Kurt Warner, QB - St. Louis Rams (Associated Press)
• Marshall Faulk, RB - St. Louis Rams (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, "The Sporting News")
2002
• Rich Gannon, QB - Oakland Raiders (Associated Press)
2003
• Peyton Manning, QB - Indianapolis Colts
• Steve McNair, QB - Tennessee Titans (Associated Press - tie)
2004
• Peyton Manning, QB - Indianapolis Colts (Associated Press)
2005
• Shaun Alexander, RB - Seattle Seahawks (Associated Press)
2006
• LaDainian Tomlinson, RB - San Diego Chargers (Associated Press)
2007
• Tom Brady, QB - New England Patriots (Associated Press)
2008
• Peyton Manning, QB - Indianapolis Colts (Associated Press)
2009
• Peyton Manning, QB - Indianapolis Colts (Associated Press)
2010
• Tom Brady, QB - New England Patriots (Associated Press)
2011
• Aaron Rodgers, QB - Green Bay Packers (Associated Press)

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