The Richest Super Bowl MVPs of All Time
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.
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.
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|
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 CelebrityNetWorth.com. All data was collected on and up to date as o January 21, 2021.
Last updated: Feb. 3, 2021