Except it wasn't named the Super Bowl back then. The term "Super Bowl I" is retroactive. It was dubbed the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game" after the NFL and AFL combined in 1966. The third Super Bowl was notably given the name by Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt. In a letter to his players before they went on tour for that season's game, he wrote: "I think you will find that all professional football teams will be calling this game the 'Super Bowl'. It is an official championship of both the American Football League and the National Football League."
The first two games were known as the AFL-NFL Championship Game until the merger in 1970. The 1969 game was played at Miami Stadium in Miami before 56,839 fans (the largest crowd to witness a sports event up to that point) and was won by the Baltimore Colts, 31-7, over the Houston Oilers. The following year's game was also played at Miami Stadium and was a rematch of the previous year's title game with the Chiefs defeating the Vikings, 7-3.
In January 1970, the newly merged NFL announced that it would be changing the name of its annual championship game to the "Super Bowl". The first game under its new moniker was played at Los Angeles Coliseum on February 9, 1971, with the Oakland Raiders defeating the Washington Redskins, 28-27.
According to popular belief, Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt invented the phrase "Super Bowl" as a phonetic play on his daughter's toy Super Ball. However, the word "Super Bowl" was widely used in newspapers as early as 1967, years before the first officially called Super Bowl event.
The original Super Bowl was an annual NFL championship game that was played between the American Football League (AFL) champion Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Chicago Bears at the end of the 1972 season. The game was held at Stanford Stadium in Oakland, California, and was watched by 72,094 fans over TV broadcast rights fees of $7 million. It is considered one of the most successful sports events ever, with a net profit of more than $10 million for its creator Lamar Hunt.
The term "Super Bowl" has since been used to refer to all NFL championships. The AFL's successor league, the National Football Conference (NFC), has always had two teams in the tournament while the American Football League (AFL) only had one franchise per city. The AFC Championship Game is therefore known as the Super Bowl.
There have been ten Super Bowls so far, with the Pittsburgh Steelers having won five times. The New England Patriots are next with three titles.
Super Bowl I was the first NFL championship game, and the first ever televised sports event.
In the merger discussions in the mid-1960s, Lamar Hunt, owner of the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, coined the phrase "Super Bowl" to refer to the AFL-NFL championship game. The word "super" was used because the game would be played during February, which at that time was called the "winter season."
The idea was to create a game that would appeal to more than just the fans of one team or the other. If one team were to win every year, then the games would become too predictable and lose some of their excitement. So the concept was created so that each year would bring about a new surprise winner.
There have been 31 Super Bowls so far. The most recent game was on February 2nd, 2014, when the Carolina Panthers defeated the Denver Broncos 34-30 in double overtime. The next game is scheduled for February 5th, 2015, with the Atlanta Falcons hosting the Seattle Seahawks.
How do you become a champion? You have to beat other champions, firstly in your conference and then in the overall competition. There are two ways to do this: You can be the best team in the world or you can buy the best players. Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt believed that if your team was the best, then it would attract the best players, which would help them win games.
The Super Bowl program dates back to 1967, when the AFL and NFL played their first title game. Although it was not known as the Super Bowl at the time, it would not be long before the moniker became synonymous with one of the world's largest yearly athletic events.
The big game itself is a culmination of several months of planning by both leagues. They meet to decide on rules changes, new equipment, and other matters that may affect the outcome of the game. The NFL awards its championship trophy called the Vince Lombardi Trophy after football legend Vince Lombardi. He died in April 1970 at the age of 57 after suffering from cancer.
The trophy features an image of Lombardi on its base along with his quote "Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." This represents the idea that although technology has come a long way since 1967, sports still have much to offer us today as far as learning about ourselves and our world.
The trophy also includes two levels: one for high schools and one for colleges. Each level is divided into male and female categories. There are actually three women's trophies because one woman's name can't fit on the field. So instead, each league's top-rated female player receives a trophy.
Before agreeing on the "AFL-NFL World Title Game," he considered calling the championship game the "Pro Bowl" or even "The Big One." That was a mouthful for spectators, journalists, and broadcasters, who instead followed Hunt's example and referred to the game as the "Super Bowl." Not till after the...
He wanted to draw attention to the fact that this was the year that football would be played after labor day. The season had been extended by two weeks, and many people felt that this was not enough time to allow for serious injury. Also, there were concerns that because of the length of the season, it was possible that some games might be missed during week 17 when many teams still had matériel to purchase. Finally, Hunt may have wanted to make sure that his team got the recognition they deserved since they had lost the first two Super Bowls.
This will be the first time that the Super Bowl has been held in California. And also, it will be the first time that it has been held on a Sunday between September and December.
The World Championship Game Between the AFL and the NFL Prior to the merger in 1970, the NFL and the AFL agreed to have an ultimate championship game, initially known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game and eventually renamed the Super Bowl after 1968. Following the merger in 1970, the Super Bowl title was retained as the game that determined the NFL champion. The first Super Bowl was played on February 7, 1969, at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. The National Football League (NFL) defeated the American Football League (AFL) by a score of 49–7.
The Super Bowl is the annual American football game that determines the national champion of the United States. It is played during the February season (winter months), immediately following the conclusion of the regular season. The game is played between the winners of the National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL). From 1960 to 1962, the two leagues competed annually for the Frank G. Menichetti Trophy as best professional football league in the United States. Beginning in 1963, the winner of that tournament went on to play in the Super Bowl.
The game is sponsored by the National Football League (NFL); its official name is the "National Football League World Championship Game". Its unofficial names are the Big Game and the Final Four. The host city of the Super Bowl selects its own nickname and logo design for the event. In addition, the host city has the option of naming the stadium where the game will be played after itself.