When Malcolm Smith of the Seattle Seahawks was MVP of Super Bowl 48, his contract called for him to make just $555,000 that season.
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Not only is that a relatively small increase from the MVP of Super Bowls I and II, but it's a far cry from the $8.5 million Eli Manning was making the year he took home the honors in 2012.
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The MVP of the Super Bowl doesn't always equate to the athlete making a ton of dough (as you'll see below).
Salary of Super Bowl MVPs Since 2007
Check out the salary of Super Bowl MVPs going back to Super Bowl 41.
Note: These are base salaries excluding signing bonuses and incentives.
|SB 41||2007||Peyton Manning||$1 million|
|SB 42||2008||Eli Manning||$6.5 million|
|SB 43||2009||Santonio Holmes||$600,000|
|SB 44||2010||Drew Brees||$4.5 million|
|SB 45||2011||Aaron Rodgers||$6 million|
|SB 46||2012||Eli Manning||$8.5 million|
|SB 47||2013||Joe Flacco||$6.76 million|
|SB 48||2014||Malcolm Smith||$555,000|
|SB 49||2015||Tom Brady||$2 million|
|SB 50||2016||Von Miller||$2 million|
|SB 51||2017||Tom Brady||$764,705|
Now let's take a look at Bart Starr's salary when he was the MVP of both Super Bowl I and II with the Green Bay Packers.
|SB 1||1967||Bart Starr||$100,000|
|SB 2||1968||Bart Starr||$100,000|
While it's almost unfathomable in today's NFL to imagine the league's star making just $100,000 per season, Smith's salary in 2014 still seems paltry compared to Starr's in the late 1960s.