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Checkdowns: Another SB MVP leaves town

Posted by Chase Stuart on April 12, 2010

Santonio Holmes earned MVP honors in Super Bowl XLIII with his game-winning, acrobatic touchdown catch with 35 seconds left in the game. But off the field issues inspired Pittsburgh's trade of Holmes to the New York Jets this morning. The price was a paltry 5th round pick in the upcoming 2010 NFL draft. On the other hand, Holmes becomes the fifth former SB MVP to switch teams in his mid-20s, and the other four are among the least accomplished Super Bowl MVPs: Dexter Jackson (in the right place at the right time for Rich Gannon's ducks); Deion Branch (Tom Brady's go-to man in the post-season, but never at any other time or place); Larry Brown (in the right place at the right time for Neil O'Donnell's ducks) and Desmond Howard (kickoff return touchdown provided the icing on the cake over the Pats)

For the Jets, this is the second time in six months that they've traded for a talented but troubled former Big 10 star receiver. The Braylon Edwards trade has been something of a mixed bag, although his production outweighed the small sum the Jets paid to acquire him. For New York, in trading for Holmes, their hoping the worst case scenario is deja vu -- a small sum paid for a talented player. The best case scenario? Another form of deja vu, resembling the last time a troubled Steelers wide receiver came to New York.

MVP Year Tm Age NTm Age Year Yrs until switch
Drew Brees 2009 NOR 30 -- -- --
Santonio Holmes 2008 PIT 24 NYJ 26 2010 2
Eli Manning 2007 NYG 26 -- -- --
Peyton Manning 2006 IND 30 -- -- --
Hines Ward 2005 PIT 29 -- -- --
Deion Branch 2004 NWE 25 SEA 27 2006 2
Tom Brady 2003 NWE 26 -- -- -- --
Dexter Jackson 2002 TAM 25 ARI 26 2003 1
Tom Brady 2001 NWE 24 -- -- -- --
Ray Lewis 2000 BAL 25 -- -- -- --
Kurt Warner 1999 STL 28 NYG 33 2004 5
John Elway 1998 DEN 38 -- -- -- --
Terrell Davis 1997 DEN 25 -- -- -- --
Desmond Howard 1996 GNB 26 OAK 27 1997 1
Larry Brown 1995 DAL 26 OAK 27 1996 1
Steve Young 1994 SFO 33 -- -- -- --
Emmitt Smith 1993 DAL 24 ARI 34 2003 10
Troy Aikman 1992 DAL 26 -- -- -- --
Mark Rypien 1991 WAS 29 CLE 32 1994 3
Ottis Anderson 1990 NYG 33 -- -- -- --
Joe Montana 1989 SFO 33 KAN 37 1993 4
Jerry Rice 1988 SFO 26 OAK 39 2001 13
Doug Williams 1987 WAS 32 -- -- -- --
Phil Simms 1986 NYG 32 -- -- -- --
Richard Dent 1985 CHI 25 SFO 34 1994 9
Joe Montana 1984 SFO 28 KAN 37 1993 9
Marcus Allen 1983 RAI 23 KAN 33 1993 10
John Riggins 1982 WAS 33 -- -- -- --
Joe Montana 1981 SFO 25 KAN 37 1993 12
Jim Plunkett 1980 OAK 33 -- -- -- --
Terry Bradshaw 1979 PIT 31 -- -- -- --
Terry Bradshaw 1978 PIT 30 -- -- -- --
Randy White 1977 DAL 24 -- -- -- --
Harvey Martin 1977 DAL 27 -- -- -- --
Fred Biletnikoff 1976 OAK 33 -- -- -- --
Lynn Swann 1975 PIT 23 -- -- -- --
Franco Harris 1974 PIT 24 SEA 34 1984 10
Larry Csonka 1973 MIA 27 NYG 30 1976 3
Jake Scott 1972 MIA 27 WAS 31 1976 4
Roger Staubach 1971 DAL 29 -- -- -- --
Chuck Howley 1970 DAL 34 -- -- -- --
Len Dawson 1969 KAN 34 -- -- -- --
Joe Namath 1968 NYJ 25 RAM 34 1977 9
Bart Starr 1967 GNB 33 -- -- -- --
Bart Starr 1966 GNB 32 -- -- -- --

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