Miller Lite NFL Player of the Year Award

    The Miller Lite NFL Player of the Year Award is presented by Miller Lite to the top player in the National Football League (NFL).

    NOTES: Bold entries denote players who went on to become members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; Year fields link to the NFL season in review page, winner's names link to the player's page and team name links to the official roster for the year in which the player won the Most Valuable Player of the Year Award.

"There's an old cartoon that shows everybody panicking, except for one guy, who is unruffled as he does his assigned task. In real life, that person is Joe Montana. He possessed an almost mystical calmness in the midst of chaos, especially with the game on the line in the fourth quarter. While others saw turmoil and danger after the snap, Montana saw order and opportunity. He was Joe Cool, the unflappable king of the comeback." - Columnist Larry Schwartz on ESPN.com (Link)

Miller Lite NFL Player of the Year Award
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Most Valuable Player of the Year Award on Football Almanac

1989

Joe Montana (1)

Quarterback

1989 San Francisco 49ers (1)

1990

Joe Montana (2)

Quarterback

1990 San Francisco 49ers (2)

1991

Thurman Thomas (1)

Running Back

1991 Buffalo Bills (1)

1992

Steve Young (1)

Quarterback

1992 San Francisco 49ers (3)

1993

Emmitt Smith (1)

Running Back

1993 Dallas Cowboys (1)

1994

Steve Young (2)

Quarterback

1994 San Francisco 49ers (4)

1995

Brett Favre (1)

Quarterback

1995 Green Bay Packers (1)

1996

Brett Favre (2)

Quarterback

1996 Green Bay Packers (2)

1997

Barry Sanders (1)

Running Back

1997 Detroit Lions (1)

1998

Randall Cunningham (1)

Quarterback

1998 Minnesota Vikings (1)

1999

Kurt Warner (1)

Quarterback

1999 St. Louis Rams (1)

2000

Marshall Faulk (1)

Running Back

2000 St. Louis Rams (2)

2001

Marshall Faulk (2)

Running Back

2001 St. Louis Rams (3)

2002

Rich Gannon (1)

Quarterback

2002 Oakland Raiders (1)

2003

Jamal Lewis (1)

Running Back

2003 Baltimore Ravens (1)

2004

Peyton Manning (1)

Quarterback

2004 Indianapolis Colts (1)

2005

Shaun Alexander (1)

Running Back

2005 Seattle Seahawks (1)

2006

Drew Brees (1)

Quarterback

2006 New Orleans Saints (1)

2007

Award Discontinued (x)

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Did you know that there have been eleven quarterbacks and seven running backs who have won the Miller Lite NFL Player of the Year Award?

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