Has a Rookie Ever Won NFL MVP?

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Cleveland Browns fullback Jim Brown (32) runs
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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Aug 30, 2022, 11:41 AM
  • Jim Brown is the only rookie to ever win NFL MVP.
  • No NFL rookie has won the MVP award since 1957.

As of Monday, Aug. 29, no rookie has NFL betting odds to win MVP. That’s partly because a first-year player earning that award is so historically improbable. 

No rookie since 1957 has been the NFL MVP.

Only NFL Rookie To Win MVP

Jim Brown is the sole rookie to ever win NFL MVP.

That season, Brown was a Pro Bowler and All-NFL team member. He rushed for 942 yards on 202 carries (4.7 yards per carry) with nine touchdowns in 12 games. He also caught 16 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, and returned six kicks for 136 yards.

That ended up being the lowest rushing total of his entire career. He retired with 12,312 yards and 106 rushing touchdowns to go with 2,499 receiving yards, 262 catches and 20 touchdowns through the air.

Brown was a unanimous All-NFL first-teamer eight times, was a nine-time Pro Bowler and was a three-time AP MVP. In nine seasons, he never missed a game.

He went on to earn his place in the Hall of Fame. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website, coach Paul Brown usually didn’t rely on rookies heavily.

But Jim Brown was different. The sixth overall pick in 1957, he accomplished a feat as a rookie no one has since.

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.