Sunday, March 5, 2017

NFL MVP Awards, Both Major and a Few Minors

LOOKING BACK
By John Turney
AP NFL MVP Trophy
In collecting data from microfilm, encylopedias, and press guides and other souces we've complied a list of the various MVP awards. Who's "we" in this case it's Paul Klatt, John Hogrogian and myself, with others on the Awards Committee of the Pro Football Researchers Association. Though not exhaustive, this list allows for at least one MVP in any given year.

By including the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club, the Columbus Touchdown Club and the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, along with the Associated Press, United Press International, the Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers of America and Sporting News every year is covered since 1938. From 1938-46 the NFL had an official MVP, the "Joe Carr Award" and from 1946-48 the AAFC had an official MVP as well. Also, we've included the 1937 Guren Award and Chris Willis's selections (some yet to be announced) it's very inclusive.

We subscribe to the major awards, the ones featured in the NFL Record and Fact Books at the time, thus, for example, in 1962 the UPI Player of the Year was a major award, every bit as prestigious as the 1962 AP Player of the Year or the 1962 NEA MVP. Back then the AP used "Player of the Year" and "MVP" interchangeably, one year it was one, then another until 1963. From then on it's been the MVP.

On occasion the clubs that picked teams would go parochial (DC TD club in 1971, for instance) but overall they did a good job and in the beginning, they got as much or more media coverage as the news agencies. We still wouldn't elevate them to "major" but they do offer depth and context in our view.
Joe Carr Trophy, the only official NFL MVP

Washington DC TD Club "Timmie" Award
Maxwell Club Bert Bell Trophy
Columbus TD Club Lombardi Trophy
NEA Jim Thorpe Trophy
Sporting News Marlboro award

The Washington DC Touchdown Club called it's awards the "Timmie", the Philadephia Maxwell Club calls the MVP the "Bert Bell Award" and when the Columbus Touchdown Club chose NFL awards called it's award the Joe F. Carr Trophy, but by 1974 it was the Vince Lombardi Award. The NEA always called it's MVP the Jim Thorpe Trophy, and in 1997 the Jim Thorpe Association of Oklahoma took over the sponsorship for the defunct NEA but still used a poll of the players to determine the winner. At some point Marlboro sponsored the Sporting News MVP as it was called the "Marlboro Award"

So, if you ever wanted a complete list, here it is.

1930
• Verne Lewellen, Green Bay Packers, End (Pro Football Journal)
1931
• Johnny “Blood” McNally, Green Bay Packers, Wing-Back (Pro Football Journal)
1932
• TBA
1933
• Ken Strong, New York Giants, Fullback (Pro Football Journal)
1934
• Bronco Nagurski, FB- Chicago (Pro Football Journal)
1935
• TBA
1936
 • Dutch Clark, Detroit Lions, Quarterback-Halfback (Pro Football Journal)
1937
• Dutch Clark, Detroit Lions, Quarterback-Halfback (Guren Award)
1938
• Mel Hein, C - NY Giants (Joe Carr Trophy)
1939
• Parker Hall, HB – Cleveland (Joe Carr Trophy)
1940
• Ace Parker, QB – Brooklyn (Joe Carr Trophy)
1941
• Don Hutson, E - Green Bay (Joe Carr Trophy)
1942
• Don Hutson, E - Green Bay (Joe Carr Trophy)
1943
• Sid Luckman, QB - Chicago Bears (Joe Carr Trophy)
1944
• Frank Sinkwich, HB – Detroit (Joe Carr Trophy)
1945
• Bob Waterfield, QB – Cleveland (Joe Carr Trophy, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1946
• (NFL) Bill Dudley, HB – Pittsburgh (Joe Carr Trophy, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
• (AAFC) Glenn Dobbs, HB – Brooklyn (Official Award)
1947
• (NFL) Sammy Baugh, QB – Washington (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
• (AAFC) Otto Graham, QB – Cleveland  (Official Award)
1948
• (NFL) Pat Harder, RB - Chicago Cardinals (United Press)
• (NFL) Sammy Baugh, QB – Washington (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
• (AAFC) Otto Graham, QB - Cleveland/Frankie Albert, quarterback - San Francisco (tie) (Official Award)
1949
• (NFL) Sammy Baugh, QB – Washington (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
• (AAFC) Otto Graham, QB – Cleveland (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1950
• Bob Waterfield, QB – Cleveland (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1951
• Otto Graham, QB - Cleveland (United Press, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1952
• Lynn Chandnois, RB - Pittsburgh Steelers (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1953
• Otto Graham, QB - Cleveland (United Press)
• Lou Groza, QB - Cleveland (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1954
• Joe Perry, FB - San Francisco (United Press)
• Lou Groza, OT - Cleveland (Sporting News)
• Norm Van Brocklin, Los Angeles Rams (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1955
• Otto Graham, QB - Cleveland (United Press, Sporting News)
• Harlon Hill, E - Chicago Bears (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Gene Brito, DE- Washington Redskins (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
• Fred "Curly" Morrison, RB, Cleveland Browns (Columbus Touchdown Club)
1956
• Frank Gifford, HB - NY Giants (United Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
• Rick Casaras, RB,  Chicago Bears (Columbus Touchdown Club)
1957
• Y.A. Tittle, QB - San Francisco (United Press)
• Jim Brown, FB - Cleveland (Associated Press, Sporting News)
• John Unitas, QB - Baltimore (Newspaper Enterprise Association, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club, Columbus Touchdown Club)
1958
• Jim Brown, FB - Cleveland (United Press International, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club-tie, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• John Unitas, QB - Baltimore (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club-tie)
1959
• John Unitas, QB - Baltimore (Associated Press, United  Press International,  Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Charley Conerly, quarterback - NY Giants (Newspaper Enterprise Association, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1960
(NFL)
• Norm Van Brocklin, QB - Philadelphia (United Press International-tie, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Joe Schmidt, LB - Detroit (United Press International- tie)
(AFL)
• Abner Haynes, HB - Dallas Texans (United Press International, Sporting News)
1961
(NFL)
• Paul Hornung, HB - Green Bay (United Press International, Associated Press, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Y.A. Tittle, QB - NY Giants (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
(AFL)
• George Blanda, QB - Houston (United Press International, Associated Press, Sporting News)
1962
(NFL)
• Y.A. Tittle, QB - NY Giants (United Press International, Sporting News, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
• Jim Taylor, FB - Green Bay (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Andy Robustelli, DE - NY Giants (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
(AFL)
• Cookie Gilchrist, FB - Buffalo (United Press International, Associated Press)
• Len Dawson, QB - Dallas Texans (Sporting News)
1963
(NFL)
• Jim Brown, FB - Cleveland (United Press International, Newspaper Enterprise Association (tie), Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
• Y.A. Tittle, QB - NY Giants (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association (tie), Sporting News, Columbus Touchdown Club)
(AFL)
• Lance Alworth, WR - San Diego (United Press International)
• Clem Daniels, HB - Oakland (Sporting News)
• Tobin Rote, QB- San Diego Chargers (Associated Press)
1964
(NFL)
• Johnny Unitas, QB - Baltimore (United Press International, Associated Press, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Lenny Moore, HB - Baltimore (Newspaper Enterprise Association, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
(AFL)
• Gino Cappelletti, WR - Boston (United Press International, Associated Press, Sporting News)
1965
(NFL)
• Jim Brown, FB - Cleveland (United Press International, Associated Press, Sporting News, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Pete Retzlaff, TE - Philadelphia (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
(AFL)
Jack Kemp, QB - Buffalo (United Press International, Associated Press)
Paul Lowe, HB - San Diego (Sporting News)
1966
(NFL)
• Bart Starr, QB - Green Bay (United Press International, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Don Meredith, QB - Dallas (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Sony Jurgenson, QB – Washington (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
(AFL)
• Jim Nance, FB - Boston (United Press International, Associated Press, Sporting News, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1967
(NFL)
• Johnny Unitas, QB - Baltimore (United Press International, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club, Columbus Touchdown Club)
(AFL)
• Daryle Lamonica, QB - Oakland (United Press International, Associated Press, Sporting News, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Lance Alworth, WR – San Diego (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1968
(NFL)
• Earl Morrall, QB - Baltimore (United Press International, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, "Pro Football Weekly")
• Leroy Kelly, HB - Cleveland (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Ray Nitschke, LB, Green Bay (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
 (AFL)
• Joe Namath, QB - NY Jets (United Press  International, Associated Press, Sporting News, "Pro Football Weekly")
• Daryle Lamonica, QB – Oakland (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
Lance Alworth, WR – San Diego (Columbus Touchdown Club)
1969
(NFL)
• Roman Gabriel, QB - LA Rams (United Press International, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Sony Jurgenson, QB – Washington (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
(AFL)
• Daryle Lamonica, QB - Oakland (United Press International, Sporting News, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Joe Namath, QB - NY Jets (Associated Press)
• Lance Alworth, WR – San Diego (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1970
• John Brodie, QB - San Francisco (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• George Blanda, QB/K - Oakland (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Fran Tarkenton, QB, New York Giants (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1971
• Alan Page, DT - Minnesota (Associated Press)
• Bob Griese, QB - Miami (Newspaper Enterprise Association, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Roger Staubach, QB - Dallas (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Billy Kilmer,QB - Washington Redskins; Jack Pardee, LB, - Washington Redskins  (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1972
• Larry Brown, RB - Washington (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia Washington D.C. Touchdown Club, Columbus Touchdown Club)
1973
• O.J. Simpson, RB - Buffalo (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club, Columbus Touchdown Club)
1974
• Ken Stabler, QB - Oakland (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Merlin Olsen, DT - LA Rams (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Joe Greene, DT - Pittsburgh (Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
1975
• Fran Tarkenton, QB - Minnesota (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Touchdown Club)
• O.J. Simpson, RB - Buffalo (Columbus Touchdown Club)
 1976
• Bert Jones, QB - Baltimore (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Ken Stabler, QB - Oakland (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Roger Staubach, QB - Dallas (Columbus Touchdown Club)
1977
• Walter Payton, RB -  Chicago (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Bob Griese, QB - Miami (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1978
• Earl Campbell, RB - Houston (Pro Football Writers of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Terry Bradshaw, QB - Pittsburgh (Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1979
• Earl Campbell, RB - Houston (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Dan Fouts, QB – San Diego (Columbus Touchdown Club)
1980
• Brian Sipe, QB - Cleveland (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Sporting News, Columbus Touchdown Club)
• Earl Campbell, RB - Houston (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Ron Jaworski, QB - Philadelphia (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1981
• Ken Anderson, QB - Cincinnati (Pro Football Writers of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Columbus Touchdown Club)
1982
• Dan Fouts, QB - San Diego (Pro Football Writers of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Mark Moseley, K - Washington (Associated Press, Sporting News)
• Joe Theismann, QB - Washington (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1983
• Joe Theismann, QB - Washington (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Eric Dickerson, RB - LA Rams (Sporting News)
• John Riggins, RB - Washington (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1984
• Dan Marino, QB - Miami (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
1985
• Marcus Allen, RB - LA Raiders (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Sporting News)
• Walter Payton, RB - Chicago Bears (Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1986
• Lawrence Taylor, LB - NY Giants (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
• Phil Simms, QB - NY Giants (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
1987
• Jerry Rice, WR - San Francisco (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
• John Elway, QB - Denver (Associated Press)
1988
• Boomer Esiason, QB - Cincinnati (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Sporting News)
• Roger Craig, RB - San Francisco (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Randall Cunningham, QB - Philadelphia (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1989
• Joe Montana, QB - San Francisco (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
1990
• Randall Cunningham, QB - Philadelphia (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Joe Montana, QB - San Francisco (Associated Press)
• Warren Moon, QB, Houston Oilers (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Jerry Rice, WR - San Francisco (Sporting News)
1991
• Thurman Thomas, RB - Buffalo (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News)
• Barry Sanders, RB - Detroit (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1992
• Steve Young, QB - San Francisco (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
• Emmitt Smith, RB - Dallas (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
1993
• Emmitt Smith, RB - Dallas (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
1994
• Steve Young, QB - San Francisco (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
1995
• Brett Favre, QB - Green Bay (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
1996
• Brett Favre, QB - Green Bay (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
1997
• Barry Sanders, RB - Detroit (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press (tie), Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
• Brett Favre, QB - Green Bay (Associated Press - tie)
1998
• Terrell Davis, RB - Denver (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Sporting News)
• Randall Cunningham, QB - Minnesota (Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
1999
• Kurt Warner, QB - St. Louis Rams (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2000
• Marshall Faulk, RB - St. Louis Rams (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News)
• Rich Gannon, QB - Oakland (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2001
• Kurt Warner, QB - St. Louis Rams (Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association )
• Marshall Faulk, RB - St. Louis Rams (Pro Football Writers Association of America, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia, Sporting News)
2002
• Rich Gannon, QB - Oakland Raiders (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2003
• Peyton Manning, QB - Indianapolis Colts (Associated Press – tie, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Steve McNair, QB - Tennessee Titans (Associated Press - tie)
• Jamaal Lewis, RB, Baltimore Ravens (Pro Football Writers Association of America)
2004
• Peyton Manning, QB - Indianapolis Colts (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2005
• Shaun Alexander, RB - Seattle Seahawks (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2006
• LaDainian Tomlinson, RB - San Diego Chargers (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2007
• Tom Brady, QB - New England Patriots (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2008
• Peyton Manning, QB - Indianapolis Colts (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News)
• Kurt Warner, QB – Arizona Cardinals (Newspaper Enterprise Association)
• Adrian Peterson, RB- Minnesota Vikings (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2009
• Peyton Manning, QB - Indianapolis Colts (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News)
• Drew Brees, QB – New Orleans Saints (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2010
• Tom Brady, QB - New England Patriots (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News)
• Michael Vick, QB  - Philadelphia  Eagles (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2011
• Aaron Rodgers, QB - Green Bay Packers (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2012
• Adrian Peterson, RB- Minnesota Vikings (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News*, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2013
• Peyton Manning, QB - Denver Broncos (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News*, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2014
• Aaron Rodgers, QB - Green Bay Packers (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News*)
• JJ Watt, DE - Houston Texans (Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2015
• Cam Newton, QB- Carolina Panthers (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News*, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
2016
• Matt Ryan, QB- Atlanta Falcons (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association of America, Maxwell Club of Philadelphia)
• Tom Brady, QB - New England Patriots  (Sporting News*)

  *Beginning in 2012 Sporting News switched to OPOY.

What we like is there are some great names, even defensive players named earlier than Alan Page's 1971 AP MVP such as Gene Brito and Andy Robustelli or an offensive tackle (Lou Groza, 1954, though he kicked as well). We think it's a fun list and hope you agree.

Updated 3/5/2017 to add 2016 season awards


1 comment:

  1. I'd like to see how the AP MVP awards looked throughout the time as well, they seem to change a lot as time went by. I mean compare the one from early 2000s to mid-2000s and the current model. I wouldn't be surprised if it changes again. I wonder, does the defensive and offensive player of the year award also have the same design as the AP MVP like the last two models has (that I remember).

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