The History of the Super Bowl
The history of the Super Bowl starts
with two things: the merging of the American Football League
with National Football League, and a bouncy rubber
The NFL - AFL World Championship
Game was created as a piece of the merger agreement between
the NFL and the AFL in 1966.
During the negotiations between the NFL
and the AFL, Kansas City Chief owner, Lamar Hunt,
thought of the name "Super Bowl" for the
Championship game, after observing his daughter playing with
her toy Super Ball. Hunt only meant the name to be a stop-gap
until the powers that be could think of something better.
Not having thought of one, the game was named "The
NFL-AFL World Championship Game".
The first Championship took place
in 1967. With the official title being quite a mouth
full, the fans as well as the media took to the short, unofficial
name, Super Bowl. In 1969, the name, "Super
Bowl" became official.
The Green Bay Packers won the first
two Super Bowls convincingly, causing many people to question
if the AFL teams could compete. The very next year,
the New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts
for the AFL's first Super Bowl Title. The Chiefs won
the 4th Super Bowl, evening the record at 2-2.
In 1970, the NFL and AFL
merged into one combined league with two conferences, which
resembles today's National Football League. Three NFL
Teams joined the 10 AFL teams forming the AFC (American Football
Conference). The remaining 13 teams from the old NFL formed
the NFC (National Football Conference).
Since the construction of the combined league,
former AFL teams have won 10 Super Bowls while original
NFL teams have taken 23. Two Super Bowls have been
won by teams created after the merger.
The Winner of each Super Bowl receives
the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after Vince Lombardi,
the great coach for the Green Bay Packers who led his
team to victory in each of the first two Super Bowls. Following
his death, the trophy was named prior to Super Bowl V
in his honor.