Marshall Faulk – 2000
These days we associate the MVP award with quarterbacks, but there used to be more diversity. Faulk was the first of a string of running backs to win an MVP award in the 2000s. His achievement came in the first year of the decade as he took the league by storm. He won the most votes after a stunning Super Bowl-winning season for the Rams.
Faulk rushed for 1,359 yards and accumulated 830 receiving yards as St. Louis stormed through the regular season. Meanwhile, he scored a combined total of 26 touchdowns as opposition defenses failed to handle him. Faulk was one of the best running backs of his generation and this was an amazing triumph (via Bleacher Report).