Super Bowl MVP Odds

The odds are out of the 2009 Super Bowl XLIII MVP and it has a lot of bettors wondering, “What player will make the biggest impact in Super Bowl XLIII?”

Will it be one of the two Arizona Cardinals’ offensive players in quarterback Kurt Warner or wideout Larry Fitzgerald? Will Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward win his second Super Bowl MVP Award in four years? Or will this year’s Super Bowl MVP come from the vaunted Steelers’ defense?

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Before taking a look at the MVP odds for Super Bowl 43, let’s take a look back at previous Super Bowls to help us get a better gauge of which positions have had the most success taking home the Super Bowl MVP awards over the years.

Since Super Bowl I was played back in 1967 to the Giants’ shocking upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII last year, more quarterbacks have won the game’s MVP award than any other position, and by a wide margin.

Since the first Super Bowl played, 22 quarterbacks have won the MVP award, while running backs have claimed the trophy seven times and wide receivers have won five times. Only two defensive ends, two linebackers and two safeties have won the award, while cornerback, defensive tackle and kick returner/punt returner have all claimed the award once.

Considering quarterbacks have won the award 22 times, it’s no wonder why online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Steelers’ signal caller Ben Roethlisberger the favorite to claim Super Bowl XLIII’s MVP Award at 7-4. Cardinals’ quarterback Kurt Warner has the next best odds at 5-2, while Arizona dynamic wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been give 5-2 odds to win the MVP award.

A couple of nice value bets are Steelers’ running back Willie Parker at 5-1 and safety Troy Polamalu at 7-1. The best values for the Cardinals are running back Edgerrin James and Anquan Boldin at 15-1.

Chances are, if the Cardinals win it’ll most likely be because their offense came up with huge plays and because veteran Kurt Warner played a nearly perfect game. So if you think Arizona will come out victorious on Super Bowl Sunday, Warner might be the best play. But if you’re like other bettors, who feel as though the Steelers’ defense will eventually shut the explosive Arizona offense down, safety Troy Polamalu is an outstanding value bet at 10-1, even though only one other safety has ever took home the Super Bowl MVP Award.

For odds on all of the Super Bowl XLIII MVP candidates, see below.

2009 Super Bowl XLIII MVP – Odds to Win – Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tampa, FL, February 1, Raymond James Stadium

Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) 7-4

Kurt Warner (Cardinals) 5-2

Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) 5-1

Willie Parker (Steelers) 7-1

Troy Polamalu (Steelers) 10-1

Edgerrin James (Cardinals) 15-1

Anquan Boldin (Cardinals) 15-1

Hines Ward (Steelers) 15-1

Santonio Holmes (Steelers) 15-1

Tim Hightower (Cardinals) 18-1

James Farrior (Steelers) 30-1

James Harrison (Steelers) 30-1

Heath Miller (Steelers) 30-1

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Cardinals) 40-1

Nate Washington (Steelers) 40-1

Steve Breaston (Cardinals) 40-1

Adrian Wilson (Cardinals) 50-1

Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) 50-1

Field (Any Other Player) 8-1

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Posted: 1/30/09 12:33PM ET

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