Who won Super Bowl MVP in 2022? Cooper Kupp edges Rams teammate Aaron Donald in controversial vote



Super Bowl 56 was full of noteworthy, impactful performances β€” but only one that could result in Super Bowl MVP.

Two players stood out above all others in that race for Super Bowl 56 MVP: Rams receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Both were instrumental to their teams’ success in the 23-20 victory. Both had impactful plays in huge moments, including in the final stages of the final game of the season.

Only one could take home some (additional) hardware, though:

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Who won Super Bowl MVP in 2022?

Kupp won his first Super Bowl ring and MVP following his Super Bowl 56 performance against the Bengals. The fifth-year receiver out of Eastern Washington followed up his All-Pro season with one last impressive performance, catching a game-high eight passes for a team-high 92 yards and two touchdowns.

The first was an 11-yard strike that made it 13-3 Rams with 12:51 remaining in the second quarter:

The second of his two touchdowns ultimately was the game-winner β€” a 1-yard touchdown catch that gave Los Angeles a 23-20 lead with 1:25 left in the game.

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Kupp was also instrumental in the Rams’ final go-ahead drive: He converted fourth-and-1 at the Rams’ 37 with a 7-yard end-around and also caught three passes for 38 yards prior to his game-winning catch. That doesn’t include a 4-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone that was nullified by offsetting penalties (holding on the Rams and unnecessary roughness on the Bengals).

Indeed, Kupp helped create two drive-extending penalties in the game’s fateful moments: defensive holding on Logan Wilson on third-and-goal from the Bengals’ 8 and defensive pass interference on cornerback Eli Apple two plays later.

Donald was similarly impactful on the defensive side of the ball, registering four tackles (two for loss), two sacks and three quarterback hits β€” including the one that forced an incompletion by Joe Burrow on fourth-and-1, sealing the victory for Los Angeles. But Kupp’s two touchdowns were too much to overcome in the MVP voting process.

WRs to win Super Bowl MVP

Kupp becomes the EIGHTH wide receiver to win the award.Β 

The full list includes:

  • Lynn Swann (Super Bowl 10)
  • Fred Biletnikoff (Super Bowl 11)
  • Jerry Rice (Super Bowl 23)
  • Deion Branch (Super Bowl 39)
  • Hines Ward (Super Bowl 40)
  • Santonio Holmes (Super Bowl 43)
  • Julian Edelman (Super Bowl 53)
  • Cooper Kupp (Super Bowl 56)

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Super Bowl MVP winners

Year Super Bowl MVP Team Pos
1967 I Bart Starr Packers QB
1968 II Bart Starr (2) Packers QB
1969 III Joe Namath Jets QB
1970 IV Len Dawson Chiefs QB
1971 V Chuck Howley Cowboys LB
1972 VI Roger Staubach Cowboys QB
1973 VII Jake Scott Dolphins S
1974 VIII Larry Csonka Dolphins RB
1975 IX Franco Harris Steelers RB
1976 X Lynn Swann Steelers WR
1977 XI Fred Biletnikoff Raiders WR
1978 XII Harvey Martin/Randy White Cowboys DE/DT
1979 XIII Terry Bradshaw Steelers QB
1980 XIV Terry Bradshaw (2) Steelers QB
1981 XV Jim Plunkett Raiders QB
1982 XVI Joe Montana 49ers QB
1983 XVII John Riggins Redskins RB
1984 XVIII Marcus Allen Raiders RB
1985 XIX Joe Montana (2) 49ers QB
1986 XX Richard Dent Bears DE
1987 XXI Phil Simms Giants QB
1988 XXII Doug Williams Redskins QB
1989 XXIII Jerry Rice 49ers WR
1990 XXIV Joe Montana (3) 49ers QB
1991 XXV Ottis Anderson Giants RB
1992 XXVI Mark Rypien Redskins QB
1993 XXVII Troy Aikman Cowboys QB
1994 XXVIII Emmitt Smith Cowboys RB
1995 XXIX Steve Young 49ers QB
1996 XXX Larry Brown Cowboys CB
1997 XXXI Desmond Howard Packers KR/PR
1998 XXXII Terrell Davis Broncos RB
1999 XXXIII John Elway Broncos QB
2000 XXXIV Kurt Warner Rams QB
2001 XXXV Ray Lewis Ravens LB
2002 XXXVI Tom Brady Patriots QB
2003 XXXVII Dexter Jackson Buccaneers S
2004 XXXVIII Tom Brady (2) Patriots QB
2005 XXXIX Deion Branch Patriots WR
2006 XL Hines Ward Steelers WR
2007 XLI Peyton Manning Colts QB
2008 XLII Eli Manning Giants QB
2009 XLIII Santonio Holmes Steelers WR
2010 XLIV Drew Brees Saints QB
2011 XLV Aaron Rodgers Packers QB
2012 XLVI Eli Manning (2) Giants QB
2013 XLVII Joe Flacco Ravens QB
2014 XLVIII Malcolm Smith Seahawks LB
2015 XLIX Tom Brady (3) Patriots QB
2016 L Von Miller Broncos LB
2017 LI Tom Brady (4) Patriots QB
2018 LII Nick Foles Eagles QB
2019 LIII Julian Edelman Patriots WR
2020 LIV Patrick Mahomes Chiefs QB
2021 LV Tom Brady (5) Buccaneers QB
2022 LVI Cooper Kupp Rams WR





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