Nick Foles won Super Bowl MVP after a heart-stopping Eagles win over the Patriots in Super Bowl 52. So, what will he take home as a prize?
For more than 10 years, the winner of the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award went home with a new car. That was thanks to the NFL’s deal with General Motors, which saw Super Bowl MVPs like Santonio Holmes take home a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid in 2009 and Aaron Rodgers receive a Chevrolet Camaro in 2011.
But when Hyundai took over as the NFL’s corporate sponsor for the 2015 season, the tradition of Super Bowl MVPs winning cars was abandoned and has not been replaced. Tom Brady is about to play in his eighth Super Bowl and has already taken home four MVP awards in five Super Bowl wins. Though he won MVP in 2015 (the final year a car was awarded to the MVP), he ended up giving the car he won to Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who famously made the game-winning interception to take down the Seahawks in the closing moments of Super Bowl 49.
So while Foles may not take home a fancy prize like former MVPs did, he does get two things: 1) The Pete Rozelle Trophy (given annually to each Super Bowl MVP) and 2) increased exposure that could lead to more endorsements and more money down the line.
In the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory, Foles completed 28 of 43 passing attempts for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He is the third quarterback to start and win the Super Bowl after starting three or fewer games in the regular season. He joins Doug Williams (Washington, Super Bowl XXII) and Jeff Hostetler (New York Giants, Super Bowl XXV) in that regard.
Let’s face it: Brady probably couldn’t have gotten any more famous by winning a sixth Super Bowl and fifth MVP award. But with the Eagles winning the Super Bowl and Foles being crowned MVP, he’s surely going to have some new endorsement opportunities (and NFL opportunities) coming his way.
On top of that, everyone playing in the Super Bowl receives a good chunk of extra cash for making it to the biggest game of the year. Neither the Patriots nor Eagles played in the Wild Card Round, which would have netted each player $28,000 per win. Adding up their winnings for the Divisional Round and conference championship, every player on the two Super Bowl teams made an extra $79,000 coming into Super Bowl weekend.
The Eagles, this year’s Super Bowl winners added another $112,000, while the Patriots, the losing team took home an additional $56,000. That money goes to everyone and not just the MVP, but it’s a nice takeaway from the biggest American sporting event of the year.
2018 NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl Payout
Wild Card Round
Division winner: $28,000
No. 5 and No. 6 seeds: $26,000
Winners and losers: $28,000
Winners and losers: $51,000
Super Bowl 52
Total potential for Eagles and Patriots in 2018
Super Bowl winner: $191,000
Super Bowl loser: $135,000
As an aside, former Patriots backup quarterback turned 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be paid handsomely due to the Patriots making the Super Bowl. Garoppolo was traded mid-season to San Francisco, but the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) allows him to get paid $51,000 for the AFC Championship game and he would have gotten $112,000 if the Patriots won the Super Bowl. Since the Patriots lost the Super Bowl, Garoppolo will get $56,000 in addition to his AFC Championship game takeaway. Interestingly, Garoppolo will take home more than Brady due to differences in state income taxes.
At the end of the day, being Super Bowl MVP is a special enough honor that the winner doesn’t need more than the recognition. We’re confident Foles is happy with just a Super Bowl win and the title of MVP.