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First Super Bowl Game
On January 15, 1967, the AFL-NFL World Championship, as it was first called, was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Stadium. The name Super Bowl was finally official in 1970, with roman numerals following the title. This game was between the AFL and the NFL team champs. Kansas City Chiefs, AFL, and the Green Bay Packers from the NFL would compete. Vince Lombardi was the head coach for Green Bay, and Hank Stram was the head coach for Kansas City.
Quarterbacks were Bart Star for Green Bay and Len Dawson for Kansas City. Green Bay won the game 35-10. Starr was voted MVP for the game, repeating MVP in the second Super Bowl against Oakland. The Chief's only touchdown came in the second quarter.
Max McGee, the Air Force vet, scored the game's first touchdown. The story goes that he was so hung over from the previous night when he caught a catch for a 37-yard run into the end zone. He had been so sure he wouldn't play that day that he partied the night before. In a rush, he forgot his helmet and had to borrow a teammate's helmet.
The game was not a sell-out, and the TV audience numbered about fifty million. This was probably because viewers didn't consider the AFL a true contender. But by the fourth Super Bowl, that changed, and the world took notice. Today, an estimated 115 million view the Super Bowl around the world.
The Super Bowl Trophy
From 1967-1970 the trophy was called the "World Professional Football Championship Trophy." Then, in 1971, the award was rechristened the "Vince Lombardi Trophy" in honor of the legendary head coach of the Green Bay Packers and winner of the first two super bowl games. Lombardi died in 1970 and received many coveted awards for his career.
The trophy is a three-sided concave pedestal topped by a regulation-sized football fixed in a kicking position crafted by Tiffany and Company in sterling silver. The winning team keeps the trophy for their team. It measures twenty-two inches tall and weighs seven pounds.
Facts of First World Championship Game 1967
From the very first Super Bowl Games of 1967 to the present day, many things have changed, some for the better, some maybe not. Unfortunately, ticket prices, program prices, half-time shows, and commercial prices have overshadowed the game.
Ticket prices for the first game in 1967 were $10. Here's a little breakdown through the years:
- 1967 $10.
- 1970 $15.00
- 1980 $39.00
- 1990 $125.00
- 2000 $325.00
- 2010 $1,000.
- 2020 $60,000.00
Programs from the 1967 Super Bowl sold for $1.00 and slowly have increased to a program costing $20.00 in 2020. A set of super bowl programs 1967-1996 recently sold at auction for $1800.00. It would be prudent to save tickets and schedules from sporting events for future collectibles.
Commercial Prices For Super Bowls
The astounding cost of a thirty-second commercial is unbelievable!
Here's a look at prices for commercials starting in 1967:
- 1967 $37,000.
- 1968 $54,000.
- 1970 $78,000.
- 1980 $222,000.
- 1990 $700,000.
- 2000 $2,100,000.
- 2020 $5,600,000.
- 2023 $7,000,000.
So far, Molson-Coors Co. has signed up for one of the 2023 Super Bowl commercials.
Super Bowl Rings
The coveted Super Bowl rings are usually made of yellow or rose gold with diamonds crafted by Jolstens of Beverly Hills. Teams receive 150 rings to be distributed to active and injured players, coaches, trainers, executives, and personnel staff. The player with the most Super Bowl rings is Tom Brady, with seven rings in his possession.
The head coach with the most Super Bowl Rings is Bill Belichick, with a total of eight.
Teams That Have Never Won A Super Bowl
Several football teams have never won a Super Bowl. They are:
Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, LA Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Tennesse Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, and Houston.
The teams with the most Super Bowl wins include New England Patriots (6), Pittsburg Steelers (6), and Denver Broncos with five.