football-fbs flag

Mitchell Northam | | February 8, 2021

Where every Super Bowl MVP went to college

FCS stars on 2020 NFL rosters: top plays, highlights

The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers played in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7 in Tampa.

Michigan alum Tom Brady became the 55th Super Bowl MVP in NFL history, as the Bucs defeated the reigning champions 31-9 for their second Super Bowl in franchise history. The team became the first team to win in their home stadium. Brady was named the Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his career. 

Super Bowl MVPs have come from colleges big and small, from the Division II ranks to powerhouses like Alabama. One has come from FCS school Delaware, and a few played their college football at Georgia.

Brady, who picked up his seventh Super Bowl victory at the age of 43, was 21 of 29 and threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns. 

Here's a rundown of where each Super Bowl MVP played their college football.

Super Bowl Player NFL Team Position College
I Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Quarterback Alabama
II Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Quarterback Alabama
III Joe Namath New York Jets Quarterback Alabama
IV Len Dawson Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Purdue
V Chuck Howley Dallas Cowboys Linebacker West Virginia
VI Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Navy
VII Jake Scott Miami Dolphins Safety Georgia
VIII Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins Fullback Syracuse
IX Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers Running back Penn State
X Lynn Swann Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver Southern California
XI Fred Biletnikoff Oakland Raiders Wide receiver Florida State
XII Randy White,
Harvey Martin
Dallas Cowboys Defensive linemen Maryland,
East Texas State
XIII Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Louisiana Tech
XIV Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Louisiana Tech
XV Jim Plunkett Oakland Raiders Quarterback Stanford
XVI Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Notre Dame
XVII John Riggins Washington Redskins Running back Kansas
XVIII Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders Running back Southern California
XIX Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Notre Dame
XX Richard Dent Chicago Bears Defensive end Tennessee State
XXI Phil Simms New York Giants Quarterback Morehead State
XXII Doug Williams Washington Redskins Quarterback Grambling State
XXIII Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers Wide receiver Mississippi Valley State
XXIV Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Notre Dame
XXV Ottis Anderson New York Giants Running back Miami
XXVI Mark Rypien Washington Redskins Quarterback Washington State
XXVII Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys Quarterback UCLA
XXVIII Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys Running back Florida
XXIX Steve Young San Francisco 49ers Quarterback BYU
XXX Larry Brown Dallas Cowboys Cornerback TCU
XXXI Desmond Howard Green Bay Packers Kick returner Michigan
XXXII Terrell Davis Denver Broncos Running back Georgia
XXXIII John Elway Denver Broncos Quarterback Stanford
XXXIV Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams Quarterback Northern Iowa
XXXV Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Miami
XXXVI Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback Michigan
XXXVII Dexter Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety Florida State
XXXVIII Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback Michigan
XXXIX Deion Branch New England Patriots Wide receiver Louisville
XL Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver Georgia
XLI Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Tennessee
XLII Eli Manning New York Giants Quarterback Ole Miss
XLIII Santonio Holmes Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver Ohio State
XLIV Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Quarterback Purdue
XLV Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Quarterback California
XLVI Eli Manning New York Giants Quarterback Ole Miss
XLVII Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Delaware
XLVIII Malcolm Smith Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Southern California
XLIX Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback Michigan
50 Von Miller Denver Broncos Linebacker Texas A&M
LI Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback Michigan
LII Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Arizona
LIII Julian Edelman New England Patriots Wide receiver Kent State
LIV Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Texas Tech
LV Tom Brady Tampa Bay Bucs Quarterback Michigan

By the numbers

Michigan - 6 (five for Tom Brady, one for Desmond Howard)

Alabama - 3 (two for Bart Starr, one for Joe Namath)

Georgia - 3 (one each for Jake Scott, Terrell Davis and Hines Ward)

Notre Dame - 3 (all for Joe Montana)

USC - 3 (one each for Lynn Swann, Marcus Allen and Malcolm Smith)

5 special NCAA gymnastics records — and who might have an outside shot at breaking them

College gymnastics has continued to evolve since its first national championships in 1982. Through rule changes and increased difficulty, some of the NCAAs oldest records have continued to stand the test of time. The recent influx of Olympic and elite talent has revolutionized the sport once again, putting many records on the hot seat.

College football preview for 2022 season: Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer makes predictions for next season

Bleacher Report college football senior writer Adam Kramer joins NCAA Digital's Michella Chester to take a look at what fans can expect ahead of the 2022 season.

Georgia pulls away from Alabama to win first national title since 1980

A fourth quarter push from Georgia was enough to push the Bulldogs over the edge to win their first national title since 1980.

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners