The NFL’s MVP award is the greatest recognition of an individual’s consistent brilliance across a regular season. This doesn’t guarantee that they’ll win a Super Bowl (far from it), but they’ve still had 16 (now 17) superb games. So today, we’ll be looking at some of the most iconic MVP seasons that fans will never forget.
We’ve seen players like Tom Brady and Joe Montana lead unstoppable dynasties with multiple Super Bowl wins. Meanwhile, some stars had an excellent individual year against the odds. Then there were elite players like Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers who won multiple MVP awards but never achieved the same Super Bowl success. Check them out below.
Steve McNair – 2003
It’s amazing that McNair missed two games in 2003 but still won the MVP award. That shows how important he was for the Titans who made it to the playoffs. They were a decent team but McNair was an elite star and made a huge difference. Technically, he shared the award with Peyton Manning, but his performances earned it.
McNair had the best passer rating in the league and threw for over 3,200 yards with 24 touchdowns. This may not seem to be the highest number by today’s lofty standards. However, the game has evolved over the past 20 years and McNair was one of the best of his day (via USA Today Sports).