The first Super Bowl football game was played 43 years ago. Each year after 1967, it got bigger and better. These teams who play in the Super Bowl are the very best because they were winners in each league during the season.
I remember the first Super Bowl very well, but I did not see it. After filming a Ford commercial for the game at Lake Placid, New York, and while the game was being played on Jan. 15, 1967, I was driving my new 1965 Ford Mustang convertible to Hollywood, Calif. for a new assignment.
Super Bowl 44 will be played on Sunday, Feb. 7. It will be played in Miami between the Colts and Saints. Both quarterbacks like to throw the ball and the score will be much higher than Super Bowl I.
Read about Super Bowl I. Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi with his quarterback Bart Starr showed Kansas City Chiefs how to play the game.
The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, later known as Super Bowl I and referred to in some contemporary reports as the Supergame, was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game was established as part of the June 8, 1966 merger agreement between the NFL and the AFL. However, Los Angeles was not awarded the game until six weeks prior to the kickoff. The date of the game was also not set until around that time. Since the AFL Championship Game was originally scheduled for Monday, December 26 and the NFL Championship Game for Sunday, January 1 (the reverse of the situation in 1960), it was suggested the game be played on Sunday, January 8, 1967. It was eventually decided to hold an unprecedented TV doubleheader on January 1, 1967, with the AFL Championship Game in Buffalo starting at 1 p.m. and the NFL Championship Game in Dallas starting at 4 p.m.
The Chiefs entered the game after recording an 11-2-1 mark during the regular season. In the AFL Championship Game, they beat the Buffalo Bills, 31-7.
The Packers were an NFL dynasty after being a losing team eight years earlier. The team had posted an NFL-worst 1-10-1 record before legendary head coach Vince Lombardi was hired in 1959. But Lombardi was determined to build a winning team. During the offseason, he signed Fred "Fuzzy" Thurston, who had been cut from 3 other teams but ended up becoming an All-Pro left guard for Green Bay. Lombardi also made a big trade with the Cleveland Browns that brought 3 players to the team who would become cornerstones of the defense: linemen Henry Jordan, Willie Davis and Bill Quinlan.