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Super Bowl

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on November 14, 2003

I've heard that the Super Bowl (Championship game of the National Football League of the United States) was not called the Super Bowl until the 3rd Super Bowl in 1969. I was pretty young then so I don't remember.

They say the original title was something dry like "The AFL-NFL Championship", which was fine when the game was won every year by Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. But a New York sportswriter wanted to come up with a new name that would do justice to the star power of Jets quarterback Broadway Joe Namath, so he informally dubbed it "The Super Bowl" and the name caught on.

Any truth to that, or is it just Jet fan propaganda?