The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
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Overview: The Super Bowl, originally called the NFL Championship Game, was created as a merger agreement between the NFL (National Football League) and the AFL (American Football League).


Who? The Green Bay Packers (NFL) played the Kansas City Chiefs (AFL) in the first Super Bowl.
When? The very first Super Bowl was January 15, 1967.
Where? The first Super Bowl was played at Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
What happened? The final score was the Green Bay Packers 35, the Kansas City Chiefs 10. The MVP of the Game was Bart Starr, the quarterback for the Packers. Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr was the MVP, completing 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, with 1 interception.
Why? The NFL and the AFL were in a disagreement over whether or not the AFL was physically able to match up with NFL teams. Finally, on June 8, 1966.
Significance of event? This was the very beginning for the biggest and most watched television broadcast in America and on of the most in the World.

More History of the Super Bowl

-The NFL and AFL agreed to merge before the 1966 season. The first championship game between the two leagues; champions was to take place after that season. Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt first used the term "Super Bowl" to refer to this game in the merger meetings. Hunt would later say the name was likely in his head because his children had been playing with a Super Ball toy. Although the leagues' owners decided on the name AFL-NFL Championship Game, the media picked up on Hunt's "Super Bowl" name, which would become official beginning with the third annual game .
-After the NFL's Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls, some team owners feared for the future of the merger. At the time, many doubted the competitiveness of AFL teams compared with NFL teams, though that changed with the AFL's New York Jets' defeat of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in Miami.
-The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held.
-It was agreed that the two leagues' champion teams would play in an AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the leagues would come together as the NFL in 1970.
-The trophy awarded to the winning team was renamed the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 1970.
-In 1984 when Apple introduced the Macintosh computer, directed by Ridley Scott, the broadcast of the Super Bowl became the premier showcase for high concept and expensive commercials.
-Prices have increased every year, with advertisers paying as much as $3 million for a thirty-second spot during Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.
-Early Super Bowls featured a halftime show had marching bands from local colleges or high schools; but as the popularity of the game increased, a trend where popular singers and musicians performed during its pre-game ceremonies and the halftime show, or simply sang the national anthem of the United States.
-Michael Jackson was the first solo preformer during Super Bowl XXVII in 1993.
-The famous "I'm going to Disney World!" advertising campaign took place at every Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXI, when quarterback Phil Simms from the New York Giants became the first player to say it.


The Super Bowl started in the 1960's and the Green Bay Packers won the first two. The New York Jets won the third followed by the Kansas City Chiefs in their second Super Bowl appearance.

The Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolfins with quarterback Dan Marino and coach Dan Shula, and the Pittsburgh Steelers with their "Steel Curtain defense" dominated the 1970's.

Many different teams went to the Super Bowl in the 1980's. The Denver Broncos went twice with John Elway but lost both times, in 1987 and 1988. The Washington Redskins also went twice and won in 1983. We saw the emergence of the San Francisco 49ers, with Joe Montana at the end of the decade.

In the 90's we saw the San Francisco 49ers win two Super Bowls with Steve Young, and the Dallas Cowboys win with running back Emmit Smith. The Broncos won two at the end of the decade, also with John Elway but this time with coach Mike Shanahan. The Packers also won one with QB Brett Favre, their first Super Bowl win since Super Bowl II. In the 2000's the New England Patriots dominated most of the decade, with QB Tom Brady. The Indianapolis Colts also had Peyton Manning and won one. The Steelers won two and will continue to avoid loosing a Super Bowl. The most meaningful win was in 2010 when the New Orleans Saints won it only a couple of years after hurricane Katrina.

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