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Video:History of the Super Bowl

with Chris Davis

The Super Bowl is the highest rated sporting event in America and it has a long history in the culture. Learn how the Super Bowl got started and how it evolved through the years.See Transcript

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Transcript:History of the Super Bowl

Hi, I'm Chris Davis for About.com. 1967 marked the first year of the Superbowl. The game has come a long way since that date. Here is how it started.

Opposing Football Leagues Played the Original Super Bowl

The concept of the Super Bowl was originally discussed when the National Football League and the American Football League decided to play a championship game after the 1966 season to decide which team was the true world champion.  This game eventually led to the merger of the two leagues in 1970.  The game was originally called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.  Lamar Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, dubbed the game a "Super Bowl"  supposedly inspired by the childhood toy named the "Super Ball."

The first two Super Bowls were won by the Green Bay Packers coached by famed coach Vince Lombardi, who the trophy of the Super Bowl would eventually be named after.  Super Bowl Three was won by Joe Namath's New York Jets which earned the upstart AFL better footing against the NFL.  The AFL or now better known as the American Football Conference as of 1970 bested the "superior" National Football League for three wins out of the first five Super Bowls.

Repeated Super Bowl Wins Spurred Football Legacies

Several teams throughout the years have stood out at the Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers were the first dominate team as they won back to back Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968. The Miami Dolphins were the next team to win back to back Super Bowls in 1973 and 1974 after losing the 1972 Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers took six years to win four Super Bowls in 1975 and 1976 then again in 1979 and 1980. The San Francisco 49ers won back to back Super Bowls in 1989 and 1990. While The Dallas Cowboys won three years out of four, winning 1993, 1994, and 1996. 

The Buffalo Bills also set a record with four straight Super Bowl appearances from 1991-1994, unfortunately they never won. The Denver Broncos won back to back Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999 with future hall of famer, John Elway, who retired soon after the 1999 Super Bowl win. The New England Patriots were the second team to win three years out of four, winning 2002, 2004, and 2005 although there was controversy regarding their 2002 win as the Patriots had a member of their coaching staff record a Super Bowl practice of their opponent, the St. Louis Rams.  This win was not vacated, but it still remains in controversy to some. 

The Super Bowl remains the highest rated sporting event in America. Bringing in viewers world wide. To learn more check us out on the web at About.com. Thanks for watching.
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