National Football League Most Valuable Player Award
The National Football League Most Valuable Player Award is an award by different entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who is thought to be the most valuable player in the league.
NFL's Most Valuable PlayersEdit
The Joe F. Carr TrophyEdit
The NFL awarded the Joe F. Carr Trophy (named for the league president, 1921-39) to the league's ABC from 1938 to 1946.
|1938||Mel Hein||New York Giants||Center|
|1939||Parker Hall||Cleveland Rams||Halfback|
|1940||Ace Parker||Brooklyn Dodgers||Halfback|
|1941||Don Hutson||Green Bay Packers||End|
|1942||Don Hutson (2)||Green Bay Packers||End|
|1943||Sid Luckman||Chicago Bears||Quarterback|
|1944||Frank Sinkwich||Detroit Lions||Halfback|
|1945||Bob Waterfield||Cleveland Rams||Quarterback|
|1946||Bill Dudley||Pittsburgh Steelers||Halfback|
As awarded by United Press InternationalEdit
United Press International gave an NFL MVP Award from 1948 through 1969, excepting 1949-50, and 1952. Beginning in 1970 UPI awarded separate awards for the NFC and AFC. In 1975 UPI added a Defensive Player of the Year Award for both the NFC and AFC.
|1948||Pat Harder||Chicago Cardinals||Fullback |
|1951||Otto Graham||Cleveland Browns||Quarterback|
|1953||Otto Graham (2)||Cleveland Browns||Quarterback|
|1954||Joe Perry||San Francisco 49ers||Fullback|
|1955||Otto Graham (3)||Cleveland Browns||Quarterback|
|1956||Frank Gifford||New York Giants||Halfback|
|1957||Y. A. Tittle||San Francisco 49ers||Quarterback|
|1958||Jim Brown||Cleveland Browns||Fullback|
|1959||Johnny Unitas||Baltimore Colts||Quarterback|
|1960||Norm Van Brocklin||Philadelphia Eagles||Quarterback|
|1961||Paul Hornung||Green Bay Packers||Halfback|
|1962||Y. A. Tittle||New York Giants||Quarterback|
|1963||Jim Brown (2)||Cleveland Browns||Fullback|
|1964||Johnny Unitas (2)||Baltimore Colts||Quarterback|
|1965||Jim Brown (3)||Cleveland Browns||Fullback|
|1966||Bart Starr||Green Bay Packers||Quarterback|
|1967||Johnny Unitas (3)||Baltimore Colts||Quarterback|
|1968||Earl Morrall||Baltimore Colts||Quarterback|
|1969||Roman Gabriel||Los Angeles Rams||Quarterback|
As awarded by the Associated PressEdit
As awarded by the Pro Football Writers of AmericaEdit
As awarded by Newspaper Enterprise AssociationEdit
This award ran from 1955 through 1996 and was a poll of NFL players. The award winner is given with the Jim Thorpe Trophy (different from the collegiate football's Jim Thorpe Award). Beginning in 1997 the Jim Thorpe Trophy was given by the Jim Thorpe Association, with the winner determined by a "vote of NFLPA representatives".
- Modesto Bee, December 17, 1948, pg. 17
- Jim Thorpe Association Yearbook, 2007.