For the past 50+ years there’s been a natural connection between iconic athletes and their equally as renowned rides. The history of Super Bowl MVP cars is a fascinating one full of top brands, starting with the proud and historic Chevrolet Corvette.
As Super Bowl 50 approaches so does the speculation of which Carolina Panthers or Denver Broncos player will be named MVP. Beyond praise and recognition, this year’s MVP should be expecting to see a new car wheeled out on the field, unlike the very unlucky Drew Brees of the 2010 Super Bowl.
Unclear of exactly what car will be given away this year, we can sadly say it will not be a Chevrolet Corvette. However, Chevrolet Corvette proudly holds a strong claim in the history of the formation of the most elite athletic car club.
History of the Super Bowl MVP Car
After 5 years of gifting World Series champions with brand new Corvettes, the popular Sport magazine added Top Performer, today’s MVP, to the list of giveaways. For many players who had to pick up additional work during off-season, winning a Corvette was a dream.
Super Bowl MVP Corvettes
In 1958 Johnny Unitas took home the first NFL-awarded Chevrolet Corvette. Now the owner of a bold, fire truck red C1 Corvette, Unitas would not soon forget the time he brought his Baltimore Colts to victory over the Giants during overtime.
Bart Starr, a two time NFL MVP, was lucky enough to be gifted two Chevrolet Corvettes. Bart went on to respectfully auction off one of his prized Corvettes to help support Rawhide Boys Ranch, a Wisconsin home for at-risk boys.
In 1979 MVP Terry Bradshaw drove home in a new 1980 Corvette T-Top. For this household name, it was the ultimate prize for his champion efforts playing with the Pittsburg Steelers.
In 2012, New York Giants MVP Eli Manning drove home in a new 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. This was no typical Corvette, however. It sported the Chevrolet 100th anniversary package with highlights including the carbon flash metallic paint, satin black wheel with red accents, and suede-trimmed black interior.
To Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco’s surprise, he walked away with a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. A fitting choice for the young, ambitious Baltimore Ravens player.
Corvette has roots in several impressive and exclusive car clubs, including those shared among history’s top athletes. While this year’s MVP is sure to be appreciative of any giveaway, it is safe to assume they will wish they could have joined the truly elite in a new Corvette.
What new Corvette would be fitting for a Super Bowl MVP? Browse our selection of New Inventory and decide for yourself.