Aaron Rodgers the Latest Victim of the MVP-Super Bowl Curse

Published 01/25/2021, 1:03 PM EST
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The regular season MVP is the award given to the most decorated player in an NFL season. An MVP is leaps and bounds above the competition; a man who drives his team to victories. But this success seems to fall short when it comes to the Super Bowl. NFL MVP’s of the recent past have struggled to replicate the same success at the grandest stage of them all. And it looks like this season was no different.

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The last MVP to win the Super Bowl title was in the previous millennium

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is high on the list of many to land this season’s MVP title. The award is set to be presented during the 2021 NFL Honors annual award ceremony, which is set to be held on February 6, 2021.

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And with the Green Bay Packers crashing out of the Super Bowl race after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, the MVP curse continues to haunt the league.

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DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 4: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos passes the ball for a gain of 27 yards in the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Minnesota Vikings at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on October 4, 2015. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

An NFL regular-season MVP hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 1999. The last man to win both the Super Bowl title and the MVP award was Rams quarterback Kurt Warner.

The list of players to fall prey to this curse includes multiple future Hall of Famers such as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Adrian Peterson.

Nine players have won the Super Bowl and MVP in the same season. Legends such as Terry Bradshaw, Brett Favre, and Lawrence Taylor belong to this exclusive club. But Aaron Rodgers will have to wait at least one more season to have a shot at replicating the feat accomplished by these greats.

Rodgers’ campaign halted in its tracks

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The 2020 season was characterized by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers playing some of the best football of his life. The 37-year-old quarterback registered 48 touchdowns for just 5 interceptions.

Rodgers and the Packers looked near invincible heading into the playoffs. And they showed just how good they were running riot over the league’s best defensive unit, the LA Rams.

Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Rodgers’ dreams of winning his 2nd Super Bowl ring though came crashing down as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got the better of his Packers 31-26. With Rodgers’ future too now up in the air, it looks like the MVP curse has yet again claimed another victim.

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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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