For all that every football fanatic knows about Super Bowl stats and facts, in between Buffalo wings, I bet you could stump em with
the question “Who coined the name ’Super Bowl’?” The answer is below…
Back in the 1960′s the big game was called the “National Football League Championship Game.” It wasn’t until the NFL merged with the AFL that the Super Bowl was born. The new moniker came from inspired football legend Lamar Hunt while watching his child play with one of those little super bouncy balls.
Hunt decided that “Super Bowl” would make a fitting name for a “super game,” with partial homage to the various “Bowl” games, which began in 1921 with the Rose Bowl - played in the Pasadena stadium that looked like a bowl.
According to Mental Floss, another football legend, Pete Rozelle, thought “Super Bowl” was “corney” and lobbied for a different name - “The AFL-NFL Championship Game.” Errr… snore. Sports legends are not known so much for their creativity.
Team owners suggested “The Big One” but, eventually, “Super Bowl” came out on top and the rest is history… and great trivia for your party Sunday.
Thanks to Yahoo! and NFL.com for the various facts in this story.