First Super Bowl

By | August 10, 2021

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The first Super Bowl marked the beginning of a powerful merger. (LosAngelesDailyNews)

Long before football became America’s new pastime, the Super Bowl began as a battle between the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers and the American Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs. That “Super Bowl'' paled in comparison to the monolith of American culture that the NFL’s penultimate game has become today. The litany of changes that occurred between the 1967 Super Bowl and its current iteration epitomizes how far the game has come and how much America and sports have changed since those nostalgic days. Here are some incredible facts and tidbits about how America’s true pastime got started.

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The finely tuned athletes of the late '60s. (considerable)

“The Big One”

Want to know how different the original Super Bowl looked? First and foremost, they couldn’t even agree on what to call it. Kansas City Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt got the idea to call it the Super Bowl from one of his children’s toys: the Super Ball. Then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle thought it lacked the weight and gravitas needed to describe his league’s biggest event.

His brainstorm came up with “Pro Bowl,” which they eventually put to use, and “The Big One.” Ultimately, they settled on the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game” but media types thought it was too much of a mouthful and just went with Hunt’s idea.