Other rivals to the NFL through the
decades had sprung up:
American Football League (1926),
American Football League (1936–1937),
American Football League (1940–1941),
All-America Football Conference (1946–1949) None of them had the
financial muscle and the organizational skills behind them that Lamar
Hunt’s American Football League, had.
2. One of Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s
suggestions for the name of the new game was "The Big One." That name
never caught on. “Pro Bowl,” did not work. “World Series of Football.”
That died quickly. It was deemed too imitative of baseball’s Fall
Quarterback Bart Starr of the Packers on Vince Lombardi:
It was a fabulous experience all of us
had playing for him, being coached by him. I could hardly wait for the
next morning to get into the meeting to start that day off. He made
everything so exciting, so challenging. He was a brilliant teacher and
because of it he was a fabulous coach.
4. KC player
ED LOTHAMER said of Kansas City Coach Hank Stram: There were times when
he had practices and a band playing. If an entertainer or celebrity
was in Kansas City, often they would call Hank, and Hank would invite
them to come over and watch practice. People like Muhammad Ali, Jim
Nabors, Al Hirt, Edie Gorme and Steve Lawrence, all watched us practice.
You never knew who was going to pop up.
5. Prior to that first Super Bowl Game on January 15,
1967 – the Packers and the Chiefs has never played against each other.
Actually, no NFL team had ever played against an AFL team – even an
6 The Saturday night before the game even chubby
Jackie Gleason, one of the famed comedians of that era, got into the act
by ending his CBS television urging his huge audience to make sure to
tune in the next day to CBS and watch the world championship football
“It’s gonna be murder!” Gleason bellowed
There were those who thought “The Great One” went a
bit too far, that he was too much of a shill for his CBS network that
carried the NFL broadcasts.
7. Some celebrities of the time at the game included:
famed movie and TV stars Henry Fonda, Kirk Douglas, June Allyson, Janet
Leigh, Chuck Connors, Danny Thomas, CBS TV anchor Walter Cronkite,
comedian and serious sports fan Bob Hope, late night TV host Johnny
8. Two different footballs were used in the game. When
the NFL Packers were on offense, they used the NFL ball and when the AFL
Chiefs were on offense, the AFL ball was used.
9. Two kick-offs incredibly took place to start the
game’s second half because NBC-TV was in commercial for the first one
and a “do over” was allowed.
10. Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s wish was that the game
would one day surpass baseball’s World Series. It would do much more