Who Are the Unanimous MVPs in NFL History?

Published 06/28/2021, 1:52 PM EDT
HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 1: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on before Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


The NFL has been around for long. And since then several elite athletes have enthralled fans with their breathtaking performances. And like most American sports, the best among the lot each season is awarded a Most Valuable Player or MVP award.

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Since 1961, the Associated Press (AP) in collaboration with the league has presented these awards to athletes who have been the outright best performers over the course of a regular season of football.

Since its inception, several players over the years have won the distinction. Few have won it multiple times, and even fewer have been unanimous MVPs.

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The NFL MVP is selected by a voting process that involves a panel of 50 sportswriters. Each writer on this panel is awarded one vote and in the end, the player with the most votes wins the award.

Thus being a unanimous MVP means that the player not only garners the most votes but every single vote from the panel. An astounding feat to say the least.

Only two quarterbacks feature as NFL unanimous MVPs

It’s a tough task to be named MVP, but being a unanimous MVP is the cherry on the cake. Impressing everyone is no easy feat, but two quarterbacks have been able to do it in the past.

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And both have them are still active players in the NFL. As of 2019, Tom Brady was the only player in NFL history to have won the distinction. The quarterback won the award back in 2010 when he led the New England Patriots to a 14-2 regular-season record.

In a display of sheer brilliance, Brady threw for 3,900 yards with 36 touchdowns and only four interceptions. The quarterback has won two other MVP awards over the span of his career but the 2010 unanimous MVP award is the crown jewel. 

Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

In 2019, Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens joined this super exclusive club. The dual-threat quarterback was unstoppable over the course of the regular season by leading them to a 14-2 record. 

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With 36 touchdowns and over 3,000 passing yards all while setting the single-season NFL rushing record by a QB (1,206), Jackson broke onto the scene and how. 

Do you feel any other history was deserving of a unanimous MVP selection? Let us know in the comments below.  

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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