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Where Have Super Bowl MVPs Played High School Football?

Heading into this weekend's Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, there have been 58 Super Bowl MVPs handed out. Of those, former California high school football players have won 14 of them. That's the most of any state by a wide margin.

Serra (San Mateo) High School's Tom Brady sits at the top of mountain with five MVP awards, four with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Brady isn't the only former Padre to win the prestigious award, wide receiver Lynn Swann won it with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl X.

Lincoln High School in San Diego also has two different MVP winners. Former Hornets' running back Marcus Allen was honored in the Los Angeles Raiders’ Super Bowl XVIII win. Terrell Davis was honored for his performance when the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl XXXII.

Louisiana's Isidore Newman also has two different winners, thanks to the Manning brothers. Peyton won the award after the Indianapolis Colts won Super Bowl XLI. Eli has two Pete Rozelle Awards. He won the MVP award with the New York Giants for Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

This week, Patrick Mahomes, who played at Whitehouse High School in east Texas, will try to close the gap on Brady. If Mahomes wins the Rozelle Award Sunday, he would tie former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, who won the award for Super Bowls XVI, XIX and XXIV.

Mahomes is currently tied with Terry Bradshaw (Woodlawn HS, Shreveport, Louisiana), Eli Manning (Isidore Newman, Louisiana) and Bart Starr (Sidney Lanier HS, Alabama), who have won two MVP’s each.

If Mahomes wins another MVP award, it would give Texas seven overall. The Lone Star State is currently tied with Louisiana with six MVP awards. Florida and Pennsylvania each have five MVP awards.


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