The History and Origins of the Super Bowl


Before there was a Super Bowl

Back in the 1940s, 1950s, and up until 1967, there wasn’t a Super Bowl, there were only the NFL championship games.

In 1959 a new league known as the American Football League (AFL) formed and played its first games in 1960. The AFL started with eight original teams in Buffalo, New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Oakland, and Los Angeles. In the early years, the Dallas Texans moved and became the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Chargers of Los Angeles moved to San Diego. The NFL pretty much laughed off this new league saying it wouldn’t last and certainly wouldn’t be any threat to the long-established NFL. The AFL had a TV contract with ABC, which helped them to survive.

In 1965 the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL and the NY Jets of the AFL both drafted the University of Alabama star quarterback Joe Namath. He decided to sign with the Jets, which caused a stir in the NFL, who still didn’t believe the AFL was any threat to them. The AFL attendance started to soar with this signing, and in 1965, NBC signed a contract to broadcast the games and paid the AFL a large sum of money, ensuring that the league would not fold anytime soon. More college players were surprisingly signing with the new league. In 1966 there was a breach of trust when the NFL signed a player who was already playing for the AFL. When in 1966, Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders became commissioner of the AFL, and he began to step up the bidding war.

Super Bowl

The increase in intense bidding led to merger talks, and by the summer of 1966, they announced a merger agreement. By 1970 the two leagues merged and expanded to 28 total teams and were called the National Football League with two conferences [1]. The two leagues would continue their separate schedules until 1970. Though they did play inter-league pre-season games with the Denver Broncos being the first AFL team to ever beat an NFL team by beating the Detroit Lions in 1967 when Alex Karras made his famous quote, “If the Broncos beat us, I’ll walk back to Detroit.” Denver won, and Karris flew back anyway.

The first Super Bowl – January 15, 1967

The first Super Bowl - January 15, 1967

While the leagues would continue to play their schedules in their private leagues until the actual merger, they agreed to play a championship game called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. The first game played between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, with the Packers winning 35-10.

Both networks play the first game at the same time. The original owner of the Kansas Emirates, Lamar Hunt, was the inventor of the word “super bowl.” This is the price that has been called since 1969. Tickets for the Super Bowl are $6, $10 and $12, respectively. This game is not a complete game, so the game held in Los Angeles.

Super Bowl III – January 12, 1969 – Maybe the most famous

Super Bowl III – January 12, 1969

The NFL also won Super Bowl II, and by 1969, three years after the merger agreement. The NFL still regarded as the superior league. Super Bowl III is famous for a couple of reasons, it was the first time the AFL won the Super Bowl, and it was the game where Joe Namath guaranteed that the NY Jets would win the game even though 18 points favored the Baltimore Colts, the Jets did win the game 16-7

Super Bowl IV – January 11, 1970

Super Bowl IV – January 11, 1970

An essential game for the old AFL when the Kansas City Chiefs easily beat the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings 23-7, putting to rest the thoughts that the NFL was superior to the AFL.

Super Bowl V – January 17, 1971

Super Bowl V – January 17, 1971
January 17, 1971

The Super Bowl trophy

The Super Bowl trophy

The trophy that gives out to the winner of the Super Bowl originally called the World Championship trophy. In 1970 the trophy renamed the Vince Lombardi trophy. Named after coach Vince Lombardi, who coached the Green Bay Packers to the first two victories and passed away in 1970.

Super Bowl today

Super Bowl today

By the 1980s, the Super Bowl had become a worldwide event, watched in many countries, including Japan, Russia, Mexico, England, and Australia. The halftime shows are more like mini-concerts, and commercial spots high price and are sometimes more interesting than the game itself.

It became such an event that cities tell viewers to spread out there halftime bathroom breaks so that water pressure wouldn’t fall so much. And it continued that way today in 2009.

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