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Can you Match These NFL MVPs to Their Teams?
By: John Miller
5 Min Quiz
About This Quiz
After each season, the Associated Press awards a single NFL player with Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors. Only the most impactful players earn MVP, meaning that the winners are almost guaranteed a spot in the hallowed Hall of Fame. Can you match these MVPs to the teams they led?
Manning was the star QB for the Colts and then took his talents to Denver, where he won a second Super Bowl. He won the AP MVP award a record five times in his legendary career.
In the mid-'90s, Favre was the gunslinger QB for the Green Bay Packers. Three years in a row, he picked up MVP honors, and he nabbed one Super Bowl win, too.
Cam Newton is still in his 20s and already has one MVP award under his belt. In 2015, he ran for 10 TDs and threw for 35 more, easily earning him that season's MVP.
Peterson broke the 10,000-yard barrier with the Vikings and seized the 2012 MVP award before running into legal problems. Now, he's with the Cardinals and hoping to revive his career.
Montana was the face of the NFL in the '80s. He led the 49ers to one miraculous win after another, and in the process earned two NFL MVPs and three Super Bowl MVP awards.
In 2005, Shaun Alexander ran like he was on fire. As part of a blossoming Seahawks squad, he tallied nearly 1,900 rushing yards and earned his one and only MVP award.
Davis may have been a sixth-round draft pick for the Broncos, but he far exceeded the team's expectations. "T.D." was 1998's MVP and became a go-to offensive option who helped Denver win the Super Bowl.
Campbell played running back for the Oilers in the late '70s and '80s and became famous for his muscular running style. He won the MVP award in 1979 by netting nearly 1,700 yards rushing and 19 TDs.
Tom "Terrific" is, of course, the undisputed king of the Patriots locker room. He's twice been named the NFL MVP… but more importantly, he's bagged five Super Bowl titles and is vying for more.
Marino is still regarded as one of the most prolific passers in NFL history -- he also won the 1984 MVP and led his team to a Super Bowl appearance. But it turned out to be the only Super Bowl appearance of his celebrated career.
Before all of the crazy criminal activity, Simpson was universally renowned as one of the best running backs in NFL history. In 1973, he earned the MVP award by rushing for 2,003 yards.
Lawrence Taylor ("LT") is one of the rare defensive players to win the MVP. In 1986, he shredded offenses for the Giants as he tallied 20.5 sacks.
In 2006 and 2007, Tomlinson racked up two rushing titles in a row for the San Diego Chargers. In his MVP season (2006), he ran for 1,815 yards and punched in 28 TDs.
From a tiny college named Alcorn State to NFL MVP -- that's Steve McNair for you. He was MVP in 2003 for the Tennessee Titans. Then, his life was cut short in a bizarre murder-suicide.
Faulk was the MVP in 2000 when he played for the St. Louis Rams. He's still the only running back to eclipse both 12,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards receiving.
Sanders, the biggest star in Lions history, won the MVP just once (1997). That was the year that he ran for more than 2,000 yards. He was still running strong when he abruptly opted to retire from football in 1998.
In 1983, a young John Elway -- one of the most celebrated college players ever -- joined the Broncos. In '87 he was tabbed as the league's MVP but still hadn't won a title. After a long and nearly futile struggle, he finally broke through and won two Super Bowls.
In 1994, 49ers QB Steve Young had incredible season passer rating of 112.8, just one reason he won MVP. But he was also an elusive runner, a trait that helped him lead San Francisco to three Super Bowl wins.
Joe Theismann is now one of the most famous TV commentators in football, but before that, he was the 1983 MVP. As QB for the Redskins, he won a Super Bowl title and drove defenses crazy with his running ability.
The Bills utilized Thomas' running skills to power an up-tempo offense that ruled the AFC in the early '90s. He won just one MVP, but for four straight years, he led the league in yards from scrimmage.
Boomer Esiason played 14 years in the NFL and won a single MVP award, in 1988. He's now a well-regarded sports commentator.
It's a story that boggles the mind, but it's true -- Warner went undrafted, worked menial jobs and then went on to become a two-time NFL MVP during his time with the Rams. He also won a Super Bowl and MVP honors.
Emmitt Smith is the NFL's all-time leading rusher, and he did most of his damage during his days with the Cowboys. In 1993, he won MVP and Super Bowl MVP, led the league in rushing and also won the Super Bowl. Not a bad year, eh?
Rodgers sat on the bench behind Brett Favre for three years. Now in his early 30s, he's setting the league on fire with his amazing passing skills. He was named MVP in both 2011 and 2014, and the Packers will dearly miss his playmaking abilities following a devastating collarbone injury.
Three times, fullback Jim Brown won the MVP while playing for Cleveland. Some pundits still peg Brown as the best player ever to set foot on the gridiron.
Terry Bradshaw had a rocket launcher of an arm when he played QB for the Steelers. The 1978 MVP wasn't really known for gaudy statistics -- he was celebrated for his clutch performances.
Payton won the MVP award just once (1977) but left a much larger legacy. He ran for 16,726 yards and scored a mind-blowing 110 rushing TDs, making the Bears one of the best teams the late '70s and early '80s.
QB Rich Gannon played an incredible 18 seasons in the NFL and seemingly got better as he aged. In 2002, he won the MVP with the Raiders … but he also once threw five interceptions in the Super Bowl.
Fran Tarkenton was the QB of the Vikings in 1975, when he managed to win NFL MVP. When he retired, he had a firm grasp on every single major QB statistical record.
Mark Moseley is still the only placekicker (and special teams player) ever to win NFL MVP. It happened when he played for the Redskins, notably during a season shortened by a strike (1982).
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