Youngest Quarterback to Win Super Bowl MVP – Top 5 QB List

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In Super Bowl LVII, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the first player since Kurt Warner in 1999 to win NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP in the same season.

And while this is quite an achievement, Mahomes also made history with his first Super Bowl MVP in 2019 when he became the youngest QB to win super bowl MVP.

Below are the five youngest quarterbacks to win Super Bowl MVP.

5. Elli Manning

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  • Age: 26 years and 335 days
  • Team: New York Giants
  • MVP: Super Bowl XLII
  • MVP Stats: 255 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception

Elli Manning is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. He spent his whole 16-year career with the New York Giants, with whom he won two Super Bowls.

His first Super Bowl appearance came in 2008, his fourth season in the NFL when the Giants met with the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

With his team trailing 14-10 and 2:42 left in the game, the Giants quarterback led his team on a game-winning touchdown drive that ended with him connecting with Davi Tyree.

With this play, Manning became the first quarterback to throw a championship-winning touchdown in the last minute of a Super Bowl game.

He is also the second quarterback (Joe Montana) to throw two go-ahead fourth quarter touchdowns in a championship game.

For his performance in the game, he was named the Super Bowl XLII Most Valuable player and joined his brother Peyton as the only two brothers in NFL history to win Super Bowl MVP trophies.

Manning won his second NFL ring in 2012 when his Giants once again defeated the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. He was once again named the Super Bowl MVP and joined an exclusive list of legendary NFL quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl MVP awards.

4. Joe Namath

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  • Age: 25 years and 226 days
  • Team: New York Jets
  • MVP: Super Bowl III
  • MVP stats: 133 yards

At number four on our list of the youngest NFL quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl MVP is another legendary football player, Joe Namath.

Namath played in the NFL for 13 years, and spent all but one season with the New York Jets, winning a Super Bowl with the team.

The highlight of Namath’s career was the 1968 season when he led the Jets to their first championship in Super Bowl III against a heavily favored Baltimore Colts.

At the time the Colts were considered the greatest football team in history, but Namath was not fazed and guaranteed a win during one of his interviews a few days before the game.

The Jets’ quarterback went on to back up his talk and tore up the Colts’ defense with his passing which lead to a 16-7 final score for his team.

With this win, he became the first quarterback to start and win a championship game in college, professional league, and the NFL.

Namath was also named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl III.

3. Joe Montana

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  • Age: 25 years and 227 days
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • MVP: Super Bowl XVI
  • MVP stats: 157 yards, 1 touchdown, rushed for 18 yards, and 1 touchdown on the ground

At 25 years and 227 days, Joe Montana is the third youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl MVP award.

Montana spent 16 years in the NFL as a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs and won four Super Bowls as well as three Super Bowl MVP awards all with the 49ers.

Montana’s maiden championship game was Super Bowl XVI, in which his 49ers faced off against the Cincinnati Bengals.

He went on to complete 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards with one touchdown passing and one rushing touchdown in a 26-21 win by San Francisco, earning his first Super Bowl MVP award.

With this win, he became the second quarterback ever (Joe Namath) to win both a college and an NFL championship game. At the time of his first Super Bowl, Montana was one day younger than Joe Namath.

In 1985, Montana and the 49ers went on to defeat the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX, Montana was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career.

Four years later, San Francisco won another Super Bowl, defeating the Bengals one more time 20-16. This was the only Super Bowl in which Montana participated without winning the MVP award.

His last Super Bowl win as well as his last Super Bowl MVP trophy came in Super Bowl XXIV when the 49ers crushed the Denver Broncos 55-10.

The only player who has more Super Bowl MVPs in the history of the NFL than Joe Montana is Tom Brady (5).

2. Tom Brady

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  • Age: 24 years and 180 days
  • Team: New England Patriots
  • MVP: Super Bowl XXXVI
  • MVP stats: 145 yards, 1 touchdown

The second youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl MVP award is no other than the greatest NFL player of all time, Tom Brady.

Brady spent 23 years in the NFL playing for the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning seven Super Bowls and 5 Super Bowl MVP awards.

Brady’s first-ever championship was Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, he just got back from a knee injury and was the starting quarterback in the Patriots’ win against the favored Los Angeles Rams 20-17.

In the crucial play, Brady drove the offense down the field to the Rams’ 31-yard line before spiking the ball with seven seconds left, allowing Adam Vinatieri to convert on a 48-yard field goal as time expired. This play secured him the Super Bowl XXXVI MVP award.

At the time, Brady was 24 years and six months old and became the youngest quarterback to be named the Super Bowl MVP, surpassing Namath and Montana.

During his career, Brady would go on to win six more Super Bowls, five with the Patriots and one with the Buccaneers as well as earn four more Super Bowl MVP awards, three with the Patriots and one with the Buccaneers.

1. Patrick Mahomes

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  • Age: 24 years and 138 days
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • MVP: Super Bowl LIV
  • MVP stats: 286 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, rushed for 29 yards and 1 touchdown

The youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl MVP award is Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is also the only active player on this list and has been playing for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2017.

During this time he has led the Chiefs to two Super Bowl wins and along the way captured two Super Bowl MVP trophies.

In 2019 at the age of 24 years and 138 days, Mahomes played in his first-ever Super Bowl. Chiefs’ opponent were the San Francisco 49ers.

Kansas City was down 20-10 with 9 minutes remaining in the game when Mahomes led a 21-0 run to complete a full comeback and secure them the first championship in 50 years as well as secure himself the Super Bowl MVP awards.

Mahomes was not only the youngest quarterback ever to be named the Super Bowl MVP, but he is also the third youngest player ever to win the award.

Four years later, in Super Bowl LVII, Mahomes led another Kansas City comeback, this time against the Philadelphia Eagles, for the team’s third Super Bowl win ever and his second Super Bowl MVP trophy.

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