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Sid Luckman did it twice. Two Packers quarterbacks, Arnie Herber and Irv Comp, did it with help from Don Hutson. Sammy Baugh did it as a rookie in 1937.

In five out of eleven seasons from 1936 to 1946, the league leader in passing yards also won the NFL championship. Otto Graham led the AAFC in passing yards in ’47, ’48, and ’49, and the Browns won the championship each of their four seasons in the AAFC. But since then, only two quarterbacks have led the league in passing yards in the same season as winning a title. Can you name them?

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Of course, you already knew that passing yards wasn’t strongly correlated with winning. But what about being the league’s most valuable player? This year, the Miami Heat won the NBA title and LeBron James was the MVP (for the second straight year). But in the NFL, it’s much rarer for a player to pull off that feat: Adrian Peterson won MVP, but the Minnesota Vikings weren’t very close to winning the Super Bowl. Can you name the last player to win the MVP and the Super Bowl in the same year?

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One more bit of trivia. To really be like LeBron, an NFL player would need to win the MVP, the Super Bowl, and the Super Bowl MVP. That’s happened six times in NFL history, but only once by a non-quarterback. Can you name him?

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{ 5 comments }
  • Shattenjager June 30, 2013, 9:42 pm

    I got the second one, but wasn’t even close otherwise.

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  • Tim Truemper July 1, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Got Unitas for 59 but did not consider the AFL leader, Blanda.

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  • Paul Ghiglieri October 6, 2014, 1:26 am

    Only 2 quarterbacks in NFL history have broken the all-time, single-season passing record (Quarterback Rating) and went on to win the Super Bowl that same year… Joe Montana & Steve Young.

    Joe did it first in 1989. He threw a 112.4 Rating that year, surpassing Milt Plum’s record of 110.5 back in 1965 (Plum did not win the Super Bowl or NFL Championship that year). Joe went on to throw 11 TDs and 0 INTs in that playoff run. It is without a doubt, the greatest season ever by a quarterback.

    In 1994, Steve Young edged Joe’s all-time single-season record of 112.4 by throwing 112.8. Young threw 9 TDs and 0 INTs in his playoff series.

    Since Steve set the passing record, Peyton Manning broke Young’s record in 2004, and Aaron Rodgers edged Manning’s record in 2011. Neither player won the Super Bowl in their record-setting years, let alone even made it to the final game.

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