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The Detroit Lions won the NFL World Championship in 1957 when they defeated the Cleveland Browns, 59-14. Who was the team's MVP that year?
A. Joe Schmidt
B. Bobby Layne
C. Jack Christiansen
D. Sam Merrill
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QUICK QUIZ ANSWER
A. Joe Schmidt. Schmidt was the Lions MVP in 1955, 1957, 1958 and 1961.