As part of a longstanding tradition, the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII, Joe Flacco, quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, was given a new car directly after the game and trophy celebrations. For 2013, that car is a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and it was presented to Flacco by Rick Flick of Banner Chevrolet, a dealership in New Orleans that was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 before returning to prominence as the only Chevy dealer in Orleans Parish.

Last year, Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning took home a 2012 Corvette GS Centennial Edition. Manning also won in 2008, when he selected a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid as his reward. In 2011, quarterback Aaron Rodgers accepted the keys to a Camaro convertible.

Though we're most definitely an auto-obsessed group, we did watch the Big Game along with nearly everyone else in America. And we've gotta say, as if winning the Super Bowl and receiving the Tiffany-designed Pete Rozelle Trophy wasn't enough for the multi-millionaire MVP athletes, a brand-new C7 seems like an awfully generous prize. Scroll down below for an official announcement from General Motors.
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Super Bowl XLVII MVP Takes Home Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Presented by local Chevrolet dealer who rebounded after Hurricane Katrina
2013-02-04

NEW ORLEANS – The honor of awarding the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award was given to Rick Flick of New Orleans' Banner Chevrolet, who knows a thing or two about comebacks. Banner Chevrolet, a part of Flick's family for 40 years, was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina and was the first business to reopen in New Orleans East after the devastating 2005 storm. On behalf of Chevrolet, the official sponsor of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award, Flick presented quarterback Joe Flacco with a 2014 Corvette Stingray on Monday in recognition of his effort in leading the Baltimore Ravens' to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

"Banner Chevrolet and the entire city of New Orleans have been through so much since the storm, we felt this was a small gesture to bring the comeback story full circle," said Alan Batey, GM vice president of U.S. Sales, Service and Marketing. "With the Super Bowl in his backyard, we couldn't think of a better guy to have the honor of awarding the MVP with his Corvette Stingray."

Banner Chevrolet was of the largest losses ever recorded for a dealership in the United States and recently completed a massive multimillion-dollar renovation with state-of-the-art technology. Banner is the only Chevrolet dealer in Orleans Parrish.

"We lost our entire inventory of 650 new Chevrolets and 120 pre-owned vehicles during Katrina," Flick said. "I'm happy we are still a vital part of this community today and I can be here to represent the people of Chevrolet and its dealerships as we celebrate the Super Bowl MVP."

The Super Bowl MVP receives the Pete Rozelle Trophy, a silver trophy made by Tiffany & Co., and the Corvette Stingray.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.

About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About Banner Chevrolet

Banner Chevrolet has been operating in New Orleans since 1972. The company has provided a stable work environment for its employees, many of whom have been with the company for more than 35 years. Banner is also involved throughout the New Orleans community on many levels, including work with Boys Hope Girls Hope, Second Harvest Food Bank, Friends of Lakeview, Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, Bayou District Foundation, Youth Service Bureau, Feeding the Needy, The Good Shepherd School, Walk the Beat and numerous schools and other charitable organizations.


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      Reparkable
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why doesn't GM donate the car to charity IN THE NAME OF the MVP player? That way, GM looks good (PR), charity gets their car, and the MVP is honored recognized.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how these professional athletes that can easily buy cars like this with their pocket change are GIVEN them as a reward, haha!
        F_Monk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Yeah, what would be cool is if the guys who get these buy another one and auction it off for charity. Otherwise, it's just another guy getting overpaid for doing nothing more than playing a game.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @F_Monk
          Who downvoted you? It's absolutely true. Football is nothing more than entertainment. Guys merely an entertainer.
      ger
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is the car miniaturized??? Joe Flacco is standing a foot taller then the car ON HIS KNEE!!!
        The Angry Intern
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ger
        Well, he *is* 6 foot 6 inches tall
        tylermars.design
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ger
        derp. perspective is hard.
          Dizzle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tylermars.design
          I didn't downvote, but the car is definitely shorter than the kneeling Flacco. The stingray is only 48.6" tall. I am only 5'4" (as opposed to Flacco's 6'6" stature) and on one knee I am almost exactly the 48.6" height of the C7. There really isn't any type of perspective trick in this picture.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tylermars.design
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          jase.s
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tylermars.design
          @anunntam: The reason he was downvoted is because since both subjects are side-by-side, a forward perspective (even with the camera on the ground) is unbiased when it comes to height. A top, bottom, or side perspective would skew relative height, but the camera is still more forward than down in this case.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tylermars.design
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      Brex
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not so much as rewarding the MVP as it is getting big advertising for merely the cost of a Corvette.
      Speerdo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for Flacco, but if you're giving a multi-millionaire a brand new sports car, you should at least match that with a hefty charitable donation in his name. Win/win. amirite?
      Jaybird248
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since there seem to only be two C7s, an orange and a silver, being ferried around for show, I wonder if they rushed the car to New Orleans to take this shot. In any case, Joe won't get his new Vette till production cars roll in the late summer. Poor fella, he'll just have to make do with the Ferrari(s) until then.
      yankeedoug1121
      • 1 Year Ago
      awesome ride ugly color !
      Jeanne Paul Clay
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the idea that Joe is trading the car in for a more sencible family care which is what he has, a family. Joe seems not to be a flashy guy and that's why I like him, yet he is confident, intelligent and gifted. GO RAVENS!!
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      The rich get richer?
        TrueDat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        stop crying about it and do something about it.
      jason32379
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me or should they stop giving away stuff like this to people who don't deserve it for free?
        F_Monk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jason32379
        For me, deserves got nothing to do with it. I just see it as another example of just how far out of whack our priorities are as a society.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      After watching the game last night I personally would have given the MVP to Kaepernick. He may not have won the game, but he sure showed a lot of hussle.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        You miss the point. MVP doesn't mean anything unless you're on the winning team. Awarding MVP to a member of the losing team is illogical.
          waetherman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          Why do you think that? Who says the MVP needs to be on the winning team? What's illogical about it being someone from the losing team? If the person who provided the most "value" was on the losing team, why not recognize that? Kaepernick ran the longest QB touchdown ever, nearly tied the record for QB rushing yards, and passed a hell of a game. And he led the team from a 22-point deficit to within three points. I'm no 49'ers fan, but to me it was Kaepernick who made that game exciting. And that's what I call valuable.
          PBH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          @ waetherman You are only a MVP if you are a key value in winning the game. You are the reason they won...so there for you are VALUABLE! So mvp usually is the person who won the game. They are the most valuable player because they won it for the team. Without them the game would have been lost.
        PBH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        hussel and effort dont win games. winning games wins games.
          waetherman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @PBH
          Winning games is a team effort. MVP is an individual award.
          BryNum
          • 1 Year Ago
          @PBH
          @weatherman: really? Did he throw the ball to himself? They single out a player to give him props for a team effort.
        DC Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        No. Because no matter what his efforts were it wasn't enough to get a win for his team. Thus making his efforts less valuable than Joe Flacco. Cold, but true.
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