Are you ready for some football? The 2014 Super Bowl is finally here: pitting the top ranked defensive Seattle Seahawks against the top ranked offensive Denver Broncos. This Bowl not only offers great entertainment, it gives the fans a chance to vote for the player they feel was the MVP of the game.
Voting opens up during the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl when fans can visit NFL.com on any web-enabled mobile device. The fan vote counts for 20% of the overall vote while a media panel of 16 sports writers and broadcasters determines the remaining 80% of the vote. Fans were brought into the voting process at the 2001 Super Bowl XXXV where Tom Brady earned the honor. The award is presented live after the game.
Since 1967, the award has been presented to a total of 42 players. Joe Montana is the only player to have been named MVP three times while Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Bart Starr have all won the title twice. There has been a tie only once: Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of the 1977 Super Bowl XII.
The last ten NFL Super Bowl MVP
2012 NFL Joe Flacco ~ Baltimore Ravens
2011 NFL Eli Manning ~ New York Giants
2010 NFL Aaron Rodgers ~ Green Bay Packers
2009 NFL Drew Brees ~ New Orleans Saints
2008 NFL Santonio Holmes ~ Pittsburgh Steelers
2007 NFL Eli Manning ~ New York Giants
2006 NFL Peyton Manning ~ Indianapolis Colts
2005 NFL Hines Ward ~ Pittsburgh Steelers
2004 NFL Deion Branch ~ New England Patriots
2003 NFL Tom Brady ~ New England Patriots
In order to win MVP honors, a player has to not only perform well throughout the game but also typically has an impressive moment. This year Manning set NFL records for most passing touchdowns and yards while Sherman lead the league with eight interceptions. Both the Hawks and Broncos have had an amazing season setting this final game up to be a true face-off.