Green Bay Packers Super Bowl History
The Green Bay Packers are based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The team is a member of the North Division of National Football Conference (NFC) in the football league and is the third-oldest franchise in the NFL. The Packers is the last vestige of “small town teams” that were once common in the NFL during the 1920s and 1930s. The team was founded by Eral “Curly” Lambeau (the Lambeau Field was named after him) and George Whitney Calhoun in 1919.
The Green Bay Packers super bowl traced its lineage to other semi-professional in Green Bay
dating back to 1896. In 1919 and 1920 the Packers competed as a semi-professional football team against clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest. They joined the American Professional Football Association ( APFA) in 1921, the forerunner to what is known today to be National Football League (NFL).
On January 15, 1967 the very first professional American football championship was played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was billed as the AFL 1967 World championship . The Game tickets sold for $6.00 to $12.00. The game failed to sell out. Professional football spectators were not quite fanatical at that point in the spost’s history, perhaps because they did not fully appreciate the the potential of such an event. While the stated purpose was to determine the champion among two competing professional American football leagues, the National Football League together with the American Football League, Super Bowl has grown to represent so much more. It has become the ultimate symbol of America’s resolve to succeed against all odds.
On the faithfull January day in 1967 the NFL , represented its champion the Team Green Bay Packers, challenged the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. In a game played by the two best teams on Earth, made up of the best athletes on the planet, and viewed by professional football fans all over the country, Green Bay, led by the legendary Vince Lombardi, beat Hank Stram’s Kansas City Chiefs 35 to 10.
When Green Bay returned the next year beating the AFL’s Los Angeles Raiders 33 to 14, many believed the AFL would never match up. All that changed in 1969 when New York Jets quarterback , Joe Namath , made an off-the-cuff victory guarantee to a rowdy Colts fan during a Super Bowl press conference . In response to the heckling Colts fan, Namath said: “ we are gonna win: I guarantee it.” Namath’s Guarantee created a sensation as news agencies broadcast the story in every major news network in the Country. On January 12, 1969 Joe Namath and his underdog AFL team went out and won the Super Bowl.
In 1970 the two league merged into the NFL creating two conferences out of the two former leagues. All former NFL teams , except one, because National Football Conference members and all AFL teams became American Football Conference members . One team was needed to balance the schedule, so the Baltimore Colts switched from the NFC to the AFC . Consequently the great Super Bowl match-up of 1969 cannot be repeated between the Jets and the Colts as both teams ase now members of the same conference.
In 1965, prior to the merger , the upstart AFL secured a thirty-six million dollar contract with NBC for broadcast rights, which gave the league financial stability . Many cities across the country , principally in the south and the west had no professional football teams to satisfy the growing demand for the sport. As the AFL grew to satisfy that demand it also grew in prominence and began to compete for the
Top draft choices from college programs around the country. The two leagues observed an unspoken rule that neither would attempt to sign a player under contract in the other’s league. However , when New York Giants signed place kicker Pete Gogalak, who was under contract with AFL’s Buffalo Bills, AFL commissioner , took off the gloves and AFL managed to lure 7 of the NFL’s most promising quarterbacks to the AFL in the 1965 season . Although the AFL later surrendered the contracts, the NFL recognized the threat the AFL posed by plundering their talent pool. Merger talks were done without the confirmation on NFL commissioner, Pete or the AFL’s commissioner , AL Davis . on june 8, 1966, the team owners of both leagues announced they had reached terms for a merger agreement. The actual merger would take four years to complete.
While league officials searched for a sensational name for the annual championship game , the Kansas City Chief’s owner, Lamar Hunt, proposed calling it “ Super Boel”. Hunt , who was the owner of Kansas City Chiefs and one of the founders of the American Football league, came up with the name while watching his daughter play with a rubber ball that was a toy sensation in the mid sixies. Whamo marketed the toy as the “super Ball” . Hunt’s suggestion was only intended to serve as a temporary name , until a more glorious moniker could be agreed upon. Having failed to find a more desirable or descriptive replacement , the name stuck.
More than 151.6 million viewers turned in to watch the 44th Super Bowl in 2010. According to Neilson Ratings , the 2010 Super Bowl was the most watched television program of all time. It surpassed the long standing record set by the final episode of the popular television series M*A*S*H, which drew 121.6 million viewers on February 28, 1983. In many ways the Super Bowl had become a contest of numbers. It was a best suer bowl for the Green Bay Packers Fans. In 2010 thirty seconds of commercial air time sold for 3 million dollars, which is a long way from the $ 37,500 charged by NBC for a 30 seconds spot during the first Super Bowl. Super Bowl wagers were estimated to exceed 10 billion dollars in 2010. The match was broadcast in 34 languages in 232 countries around the world . The 2010 Super Bowl added and estimated 400 million dollars to Miami’s economy as a result of the Colts and Saints Challenge for the title. Fans spent an estimated 5.6 billion dollars on Super Bowl related items during the championship. The media , marketing, entertainment and background stories surrounding the Super Bowl have become every bit as sensational as the game itself.
As of 2010 only two cities north of the Mason Dixon Line have ever hosted a Super Bowl ; Detroit in 1982 and 2006, and Minneapolis in 1992. That trend is about to change. Dallas will host the Super Bowl in 2011, Indianapolis in 2012, New Orleans in 2013, and New Jersey in 2014. The NFL has also given some consideration to playing a future Super Bowl in London, England.