Super Bowl History has its beginnings in a children’s toy. That’s right! Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and architect for the AFL (American Football League) stumbled across his daughter’s Super Ball and he figured the name was quite catchy. So catchy in fact that the 1967 championship game between the “fresh” AFL and the “seasoned” NFL (National Football League) was inspired by that very toy. “Why not call our championship game the Super Bowl?” he said. And it was here that Super Bowl History began.
This Super Bowl History making game was played January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Approximately 60 million television viewers watched as Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers (35) triumphed over Hank Stram’s Chiefs (10).
To date, this is the only game in Super Bowl History to have been simultaneously broadcast in the United States by two television networks. At the time, CBS held the rights to nationally televise NFL games while NBC had the rights to broadcast AFL games. A common ground was reached and the decision was made to have both networks cover the Super Bowl. The CBS telecast featured announcers Ray Scott, Jack Whitaker and Frank Gifford, while Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman provided commentary on NBC.
Super Bowl I was the only game in Super Bowl History that wasn’t a sellout in terms of attendance. Because of this, the game was blacked out in the Los Angeles area. Days before the game, local newspapers printed editorials about what they viewed as an exorbitant $12 price for tickets, and wrote stories about how to pirate the signal from TV stations outside the Los Angeles area.
Many teams and individuals have raised the bar during throughout the Super Bowl History, making and breaking records across the board and creating an even richer Super Bowl History.
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious.” -Vince Lombardi