The Richest Super Bowl MVPs of All Time

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Ludtke/AP/Shutterstock (11738742a)Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis.
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If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, it will be the seventh NFL championship for quarterback Tom Brady. That would give Brady, who led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl wins, more victories in the big game than any single franchise; the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with the Patriots for the most all-time.A win would be another notch in the legacy of Brady, who holds the NFL record for most passing touchdowns with 581.

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The 43-year-old Brady has been named Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl four times, also a record. And while he has earned millions on and off the field, there is one title Brady doesn’t own: richest Super Bowl MVP ever. That title belongs to Roger Staubach, who led the Dallas Cowboys to victory in Super Bowl VI following the 1971 season. Staubach played in an era before athletes earned millions but assembled a fortune following his playing days. He founded a real estate company in 1977 that he sold in 2008 for more than $600 million.

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So just where does Tom Brady fall on the list of the richest Super Bowl MVPs of all time? Read on to find out.

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Richest Super Bowl MVPs of All Time

In the more than half-century the Super Bowl has been played, it has morphed from a mere championship game into a worldwide event, with the game MVPs achieving instant fame. GOBankingRates compiled a list of the richest Super Bowl MVPs, listed in order of their impressive net worths. Only Super Bowl MVPs with documented net worth estimates were considered for this article. Among those included, Bart Starr, the MVP of the first two Super Bowls, passed away in 2019.

NFL Super Bowl MVP Net Worths
MVP Net Worth MVP-Winning Super Bowl Position Team
Roger Staubach $600 million Super Bowl VI QB Dallas Cowboys
Peyton Manning $250 million Super Bowl XLI QB Indianapolis Colts
Steve Young $200 million Super Bowl XXIX QB San Francisco 49ers
Tom Brady $200 million Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI QB New England Patriots
Drew Brees $160 million Super Bowl XLIV QB New Orleans Saints
Eli Manning $150 million Super Bowl XLII, XLVI QB New York Giants
John Elway $145 million Super Bowl XXXIII QB Denver Broncos
Aaron Rodgers $120 million Super Bowl XLV QB Green Bay Packers
Joe Montana $100 million Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIV QB San Francisco 49ers
Joe Flacco $75 million Super Bowl XLVII QB Baltimore Ravens
Jerry Rice $55 million Super Bowl XXIII WR San Francisco 49ers
Troy Aikman $50 million Super Bowl XXVII QB Dallas Cowboys
Terry Bradshaw $45 million Super Bowl XIII, XIV QB Pittsburgh Steelers
Von Miller $40 million Super Bowl L LB Denver Broncos
Ray Lewis $35 million Super Bowl XXXV LB Baltimore Ravens
Kurt Warner $30 million Super Bowl XXXIV QB St. Louis Rams
Patrick Mahomes $30 million Super Bowl LIV QB Kansas City Chiefs
Joe Namath $25 million Super Bowl III QB New York Jets
Julian Edelman $25 million Super Bowl LIII WR New England Patriots
Lynn Swann $20 million Super Bowl X WR Pittsburgh Steelers
Emmitt Smith $18 million Super Bowl XXVIII RB Dallas Cowboys
Phil Simms $16 million Super Bowl XXI QB New York Giants
Hines Ward $16 million Super Bowl XL WR Pittsburgh Steelers
Deion Branch $15 million Super Bowl XXXIX WR New England Patriots
Desmond Howard $14 million Super Bowl XXXI KR Green Bay Packers
Nick Foles $13 million Super Bowl LII QB Philadelphia Eagles
Len Dawson $10 million Super Bowl IV QB Kansas City Chiefs
Doug Williams $10 million Super Bowl XXII QB Washington Redskins
Terrell Davis $10 million Super Bowl XXXII RB Denver Broncos
Jim Plunkett $8 million Super Bowl XV QB Oakland Raiders
John Riggins $6 million Super Bowl XVII RB Washington Redskins
Randy White $5 million Super Bowl XII DL Dallas Cowboys
Bart Starr $4 million Super Bowl I, II QB Green Bay Packers
Marcus Allen $4 million Super Bowl XVIII RB Los Angeles Raiders
Mark Rypien $4 million Super Bowl XXVI QB Washington Redskins
Franco Harris $3 million Super Bowl IX RB Pittsburgh Steelers
Larry Csonka $2 million Super Bowl VIII FB Miami Dolphins
Malcolm Smith $2 million Super Bowl XLVIII LB Seattle Seahawks
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Super Bowl LV is set to kick off Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST. The Weeknd will headline the halftime show from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., and CBS will broadcast the game. Jim Nantz will handle the play by play, with Tony Romo the analyst. Reporters Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn and Jay Feely, as well as rules analyst Gene Steratore, will join Nantz and Romo.

The Buccaneers are the first team in Super Bowl history to play in the game in their home stadium.

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Rachel Farrow contributed to the reporting for this article. 

Methodology: In order to find the richest Super Bowl MVPs of all time, GOBankingRates first used ESPN’s “NFL History – Super Bowl MVPs” data to source (1) Super Bowl MVP names; (2) Super Bowl MVP positions; (3) team Super Bowl MVPs played for; and (4) the Super Bowl in which each MVP was awarded. With these 47 MVPs identified, GOBankingRates then found each Super Bowl MVP’s (5) net worth, sourced rom All data was collected on and up to date as o January 21, 2021.

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Last updated: Feb. 3, 2021

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About the Author

Jami Farkas holds a communications degree from California State University, Fullerton, and has worked as a reporter or editor at daily newspapers in all four corners of the United States. She brings to GOBankingRates experience as a sports editor, business editor, religion editor, digital editor — and more. With a passion for real estate, she passed the real estate licensing exam in her state and is still weighing whether to take the plunge into selling homes — or just writing about selling homes.
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