1. Lamar Hunt, who owned the Kansas City Chiefs, coined the term “Super Bowl” based on a Super Ball toy his kids had been playing with. At the time, he said the name “obviously can be improved upon,” but it became official in 1969.
2. It was also Hunt who decided to use Roman numerals. The first Super Bowl in history that won’t use the letters will be next year — the NFL doesn’t want to have Super Bowl L. It’ll change back in 2017.
3. The average ticket cost for ticket in 2015 is $6,000. The most expensive ticket for Super Bowl I was $12.00.
4. Excluding Super Bowl XXXIX, the famous “I’m going to Disney World!” advertising campaign took place at every Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXI, when quarterback Phil Simms from the New York Giants became the first player to say the tagline. The Walt Disney Company ran the ad several times during the game,showing several players from both teams practicing the catch-phrase.
5. In 2011, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said, “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.” According to Forbes, 10,000 prostitutes were brought to Miami in 2010 for the Super Bowl.
6. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most Super Bowl championships: six. Tied for second place with five wins each are the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.
7. The Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans have all never made it to the Super Bowl.
8. The Buffalo Bills are the only team to have played in four consecutive Super Bowls — and lost all of them.
9. University marching bands used to play the halftime shows. The first celebrities to perform at halftime included jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and trumpeter Al Hirt.
10. The NFL is vigilant on stopping what it says is unauthorized commercial use of its trademarked terms “NFL”, “Super Bowl”, and “Super Sunday”. As a result, many events and promotions tied to the game, but not sanctioned by the NFL, are asked to refer to it with colloquialisms such as “The Big Game”, or other generic descriptions. A radio spot for Planters nuts parodied this, by saying “it would be super…to have a bowl…of Planters nuts while watching the big game!” and comedian Stephen Colbert began referring to the game in 2014 as the “Superb Owl”.
Enjoy the game!