No one doubts the talent of former top draft pick and Ohio State standout Chase Young – but Super Bowl MVP?
A bettor at Caesars Sportsbook is taking the plunge on Young and buying into the talent with a $2,000 bet to win Super Bowl MVP.
The bet would win $600,000 if Young produces an insane game at the Super Bowl.
Young would be a shocking player to win such an award, as he was traded midseason from the Commanders, who did not pick up his fifth-year option.
The last edge rusher to win the Super Bowl MVP award was Von Miller of the Denver Broncos in 2016, and only two of the last 20 MVPs have been defensive players.
While Young may be uber-talented, his motor has been questioned during his time with the 49ers.
Young has only six tackles in the playoffs and hasn’t had a sack since the bludgeoning that the Ravens gave the 49ers on Christmas Day.
There’s also a horrific effort he put on Jahmyr Gibbs touchdown in the NFC Championship game that put the 49ers in a 21-7 hole.
Young has been viewed as a benching candidate ahead of the Super Bowl, but that appears to be unfounded as Pro Football Talk reported that Young is prepared for the opportunity in front of him.
Maybe betting on talent is worthwhile, but a secondary pass rusher winning the Super Bowl MVP is a long shot. Young is behind Nick Bosa among San Francisco’s sack artists.
The closest thing that can be dug up on this is Justin Tuck, who could’ve won Super Bowl MVP in the Giants’ 2008 upset Super Bowl victory.
Tuck had two sacks and a forced fumble of Tom Brady, along with six tackles in that Super Bowl, with many clamoring for him to get an MVP nod.
The Notre Dame product was the Giants’ No. 3 pass rusher behind Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora.
But even that performance didn’t win.
Patrick Mahomes took only 29 sacks in 2023, among the lowest among starting quarterbacks.
Young needs a defensive touchdown or forced safety, on top of being an unstoppable force, for a full 60 minutes to make good on this obscure MVP bet.