Five Super Bowl MVP Mistakes (And One Dishonorable Mention)

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Five Super Bowl MVP Mistakes (And One Dishonorable Mention)
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Hines Ward and Bill Cowher at Super Bowlk XL

Every Super Bowl has had a Most Valuable Player or Players. Some who won the award deserved it, like Marcus Allen in Super Bowl XVIII who rushed 20 times for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns, including an iconic 74 yard sprint to the house that all but ended the game in their 38-9 destruction of the Washington Redskins. 

Others, however, were named MVP but were lucky to get the honor. Maybe it was because the eventual MVP had a bigger name than someone more deserving. Perhaps the real MVP just didn't stand out enough.

Regardless, I'd like to shine the light on five Super Bowl MVP flubs and acknowledge those who were wronged on the league's biggest stage.

There is a history of questionable and unorthodox awarding of the Super Bowl MVP. Hey, the NFL gave the award to a player on a losing team (Dallas' Chuck Howley, SB V) and awarded Co-MVP's (Dallas' Randy White/Harvey Martin, SB XII) once upon a time.

If voting were close, multiple winners isn't as egregious an error as ignoring the true game standouts. Yet it has happened in the past and may continue in the future. Let's just hope the Super Bowl XLV MVP is actually worthy of the honor.

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