WHERE DID THE NAME ‘SUPER BOWL’ COME FROM?: HERE’S THE ANSWER
Originally published here February 3, 2011:
Stump your football-expert friends with this question: “Where did the name ‘Super Bowl’ come from?” Read on for the answer…
Back in the 1960’s the big annual game was called the “National Football League Championship Game.” It wasn’t until the NFL merged with the AFL that the Super Bowl was ultimately born.
The new moniker came from football legend Lamar Hunt while watching his child play with one of those little super bouncy balls. In 1966, Hunt coined the term “Super Bowl” believing it would make a fitting name for a season-ending “super game” with partial homage to the various “Bowl” games, which began in 1921 with the Rose Bowl (Pasadena stadium looked like a bowl).
NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle thought “Super Bowl” was “corny” and lobbied for a more formal, dry name “The AFL-NFL Championship Game.” Team owners wanted “The Big One.”
National media immediately embraced “Super Bowl” and in 1969, the third annual game (Jets over the Colts, attended by 75,000 people), became the first formal Super Bowl.
The rest is history… and great trivia for your Super Bowl party.