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Sports Page: Super Bowl I

02.02.18

Len DawsonSuper Bowl IPacker StadiumLombardiSuper Bowl Sunday is easily the most watched sporting event in America. So much in fact, that many companies give their employees the following Monday off from work and hundreds of petitions have been signed arguing that it should become a national holiday.

 

In 1960, the NFL was the dominant league for American Football. Through the years, several alternative leagues tried to compete with the NFL for fans and players yet none of them lasted more than a few years.  In that year, a new competitor, the American Football League began gaining some momentum, largely in part by signing a lot of talented players the NFL overlooked.  Seeing the AFL has a potential threat, the NFL began negotiations with its competitor and eventually a merger was agreed upon, both leagues would remain separate but under the same NFL umbrella.

 

It only seemed right that a game at the end of the season would be played to determine not only which team was the best, but which league was the best.

 

Significant pressure was put onto both teams by their respective leagues in order to win. The NFL refused to be embarrassed by a far less superior program and the AFL wanted to show the country that it was for real.

 

The first Super Bowl was played in 1967 and won by the NFL Green Bay Packers who defeated the AFL Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 35-10. Unfortunately, the game was slightly lopsided but football fans started to take notice of the AFL and the two leagues have been one ever since.

 

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