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The full count of Super Bowl MVPs by college, now including Patrick Mahomes’ Texas Tech

Michigan, mostly via one guy, still leads.

Patrick Mahomes Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports. Banner Society illustration.

Patrick Mahomes won MVP honors in Super Bowl 54. He’s the first Texas Tech man to do it, putting the Red Raiders in league with a bunch of titans of the sport and, um, non-titans of the sport. Here’s the full count of MVPs by college.

The schools with 4-plus Super Bowl MVPs, aka Michigan

Super Bowl Winner College Team Position
Super Bowl Winner College Team Position
XXXI Desmond Howard Michigan Packers KR/PR
XXXVI Tom Brady Michigan Patriots QB
XXXVIII Tom Brady (2) Michigan Patriots QB
XLIX Tom Brady (3) Michigan Patriots QB
LI Tom Brady (4) Michigan Patriots QB

That’s just Brady doing most of the work, obviously. The cruel ironic twist for Michigan fans is that while his career’s been loaded with clutch and luck, Michigan’s been the opposite.

And the four with three each.

Did you know Alabama had the first three Super Bowl MVPs ever, with no Super Bowl MVPs in the 50 years since?

The schools with 3 Super Bowl MVPs

Super Bowl Winner College Team Position
Super Bowl Winner College Team Position
I Bart Starr Alabama Packers QB
II Bart Starr (2) Alabama Packers QB
III Joe Namath Alabama Jets QB
VII Jake Scott Georgia Dolphins S
XXXII Terrell Davis Georgia Broncos RB
XL Hines Ward Georgia Steelers WR
XVI Joe Montana Notre Dame 49ers QB
XIX Joe Montana (2) Notre Dame 49ers QB
XXIV Joe Montana (3) Notre Dame 49ers QB
X Lynn Swann USC Steelers WR
XVIII Marcus Allen USC Raiders RB
XLVIII Malcolm Smith USC Seahawks LB

Here are the schools that have had two each:

The schools with 2 Super Bowl MVPs

Super Bowl Winner College Team Position
Super Bowl Winner College Team Position
XI Fred Biletnikoff Florida State Raiders WR
XXXVII Dexter Jackson Florida State Buccaneers S
XIII Terry Bradshaw Louisiana Tech Steelers QB
XIV Terry Bradshaw (2) Louisiana Tech Steelers QB
XXV Ottis Anderson Miami Giants RB
XXXV Ray Lewis Miami Ravens LB
XLII Eli Manning Ole Miss Giants QB
XLVI Eli Manning (2) Ole Miss Giants QB
IV Len Dawson Purdue Chiefs QB
XLIV Drew Brees Purdue Saints QB
XV Jim Plunkett Stanford Raiders QB
XXXIII John Elway Stanford Broncos QB

And everybody else:

This is now the group that includes Kent State.

The schools with 1 Super Bowl MVP

Super Bowl Winner College Team Position
Super Bowl Winner College Team Position
LIV Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech Chiefs
LIII Julian Edelman Kent State Patriots WR
LII Nick Foles Arizona Eagles QB
XXIX Steve Young BYU 49ers QB
XLV Aaron Rodgers Cal Packers QB
XLVII Joe Flacco Delaware Ravens QB
XII Harvey Martin (co-MVP) East Texas State Cowboys DE
XXVIII Emmitt Smith Florida Cowboys RB
XXII Doug Williams Grambling State Washington QB
XVII John Riggins Kansas Washington RB
XXXIX Deion Branch Louisville Patriots WR
XII Randy White (co-MVP) Maryland Cowboys DT
XXIII Jerry Rice Mississippi Valley State 49ers WR
XXI Phil Simms Morehead State Giants QB
VI Roger Staubach Navy Cowboys QB
XXXIV Kurt Warner Northern Iowa Rams QB
XLIII Santonio Holmes Ohio State Steelers WR
IX Franco Harris Penn State Steelers RB
VIII Larry Csonka Syracuse Dolphins RB
XXX Larry Brown TCU Cowboys CB
XLI Peyton Manning Tennessee Colts QB
XX Richard Dent Tennessee State Bears DE
L Von Miller Texas A&M Broncos LB
XXVII Troy Aikman UCLA Cowboys QB
XXVI Mark Rypien Washington State Washington QB
V Chuck Howley West Virginia Cowboys LB

Julian Edelman’s the only Kent State Golden Flash to win MVP, obviously. But have you ever considered how close Kent State – which didn’t win its first bowl game until 2019 came to having two Super Bowl MVPs? There was a fair case that fellow Kent Stater James Harrison should’ve been MVP in 2009, when he returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown on the last play of the first half for the Steelers against the Cardinals. Kent State has made a significant impact on a lot of Super Bowls, just between Harrison and Edelman.

Who’s next?

Probably Michigan, somehow.