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History of the Super Bowl

Updated on March 9, 2014

Go Back to 1967

During the winter doldrums in the U.S., football fans have something exciting to look forward to. The Super Bowl has been the biggest football game in the history of the sport since 1967.

What is the Super Bowl?

Before there was a Super Bowl, fans just enjoyed watching different teams face off against each other. But now, the Super Bowl has changed the way American fans enjoy the game.

Friends gather for day-long Super Bowl parties. Planning includes juicy foods like chicken wings, savory dips, and lots of beer. Some even go out and buy new TV sets to watch the game on HDTV widescreen.


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As TVs get bigger, so does America’s passion for the Super Bowl. Advertisers pay extremely high amounts of money to have a televised ad during the Super Bowl. The commercials have now become history and are looked forward to almost as much as the game. They can be selling anything from sports gift baskets to new cars, you never know what's going to pop up next!

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Oh What's in a Name?

It all started back in 1966 when the National Football League decided to merge with the American Football League. The result was a game called the “NFL-AFL Championship.”

That name was later shortened to its nickname, the Super Bowl. The game got its now famous name from Kansas City Chiefs owner at the time, Lamar Hunt. His daughter had been playing ball with a toy rubber ball with the name “Super Ball” imprinted on it. He suggested the game be called the Super Bowl until a better name could be assigned to it. The name stuck and now the world over enjoys watching the Super Bowl in January or February of each year.

The First Champions

The Green Bay Packers have the honor of winning the first and second Super Bowl games. The following year, it was the New York Jets who took the crown. Hunt’s Kansas City Chiefs took the title of the fourth big game.

The Trophy

The Super Bowl means big money for the winners. They enjoy large contracts and advertising spokesperson deals.

The team is awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The trophy’s namesake is Vince Lombardi, coach of the Packers, who won those first two important Super Bowl games.

After his passing, the Vince Lombardi Trophy was renamed the Super Bowl V trophy as a tribute to him.

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The Organizations Involved

After 1970, the NFL and the AFL became one organization. The National Football League that fans enjoy today is largely a conglomerate of the original AFL and NFL teams.

Now there are two conferences held each year that arose from the merge.

They are the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference.


Faithful Fans

Fans can plan years in advance for their Super Bowl travels. The schedule is posted several years in advance. A different city hosts the Super Bowl each year. Miami has the honor of being the city to host the most Super Bowl games.

Fans go wild in their love of the big game. Merchandise from sweatshirts to coolers, pub signs and everything in between is embossed with the current Super Bowl champions’ logo. Fans throw in-depth parties, with all kinds of foods and party favors, and possibly bet on who will win the game, how many points they will score and other aspects of the game. Office and friendly wagers are taken and participants stand to win large pools of cash if they select the right numbers.


Concluding Remarks

The Super Bowl is now an American icon for homes across the nation. Fans from all over the world now receive the Super Bowl broadcast and can cheer along in one of the biggest sporting events of the year!


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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      nice hub. i knew most of this info but it's nice to see it all in one place. good work. my biggest co,plaint with the super bowl is that the steelers have won so many of them...

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      Dave 6 years ago from United States

      Super Bowl Commercials are the best! Outstanding Hub!

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      Nicole S Hanson 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I agree with Janice, I only watch for the commercials as well. Football isn't my strong suit but all the hype around the big game is usually enough to suck me in :)

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      Janice S 6 years ago

      Interesting info - my favorite part of the "game" is the commercials ;)