12 Things Most People Don’t Know About the Super Bowl
The Super Bowl should probably be declared as a national holiday. Not only does it literally stop just about everything in the country, it is probably as well known as Christmas or Independence Day. And even if folks don’t agree with that perception, no one can argue that the big sports event is a major date on everyone’s calendar in every state. However, the history of the Super Bowl is also just as entertaining and full of facts that not everyone knows. Here are 12 facts that really stand out…
1. Roman Numerals started at III
The first Super Bowl was in 1967. The Roman numeral motif didn’t start until two more Super Bowls in 1969, when the New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts. The only Super Bowl to not use a Roman Numeral was Super Bowls 50, due to concerns over using a sole “L” for the 50th Super Bowl logo. For 2017 the Roman Numerals are back.
2. Super Bowl vs. Thanksgiving
Fortunately, Thanksgiving still reigns as the day that Americans eat the most food, but Super Bowl Sunday holds 2nd place. Let’s also not forget the 325 million plus gallons of beer consumed on Super Bowl Sunday
3. King of the Ring
Of all the Super Bowl players, it’s Charles Haley than can claim title to the most Super Bowl Rings. Mr. Haley has a whopping set of five rings, one for every finger on one hand. His winning streak was with the San Francisco 49ers.
4. Steel Town Steelers
Some might think it’s the Green Bay Packers and others the Dallas Cowboys. However, while they both played in matches against Pittsburg, it’s the Steel Town Steelers that still claim the most Super Bowl wins in history. The magic number is 6. That’s right – SIX Super Bowl wins.
5. The Shortest Yard
In 2016, the Denver Broncos became the first team to win the Super Bowl with less than 200 yards of offense. Only seven teams in Super Bowl history, prior to the Broncos 2016 win, finished with less than 200 yards. All seven of those teams lost.
6. Empty Home Field
Believe it or not, no one has ever played the big game on their home field. Would a Gillette Stadium Super Bowl help make this possible? You never know…
7. Not Showing Up For THE Big Game
In Super Bowl VI, the Dolphins failed to score a touchdown. Their only score was one field goal, making it the lowest amount of points scored in a Super Bowl. The Dolphins made one serious scoring attempt after that. It came in the final quarter when Griese’s passes moved them to the Dallas 17. There, however, Griese fumbled a snap from center and Larry Cole recovered for the Cowboys.
8. Wings and Beer at Tiffany’s?
While Audrey Hepburn might eternally claim breakfast at the famed jeweler, the Super Bowl trophy itself is also a Tiffany special. At a bill of $12,500 the Vince Lombardi Trophy is crafted every year for the winner of the Super Bowl.
9. One Hell of a Coach
Tony Dungy claims the title as the first African-American professional football coach to win a Super Bowl.
10. The Outsiders
Four teams have never made it to the Super Bowl. While two are newer teams (Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars), the other two have no excuses and have been around for decades (Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions).
11. OH SNAP!!!
The fastest score in the Super Bowl’s history happened within 12 second when Denver fouled up a snap as it flew out of center Manny Ramirez’s hands, over Peyton Manning’s right shoulder, into the end zone and resulted in a safety. The center was widely blamed for the mix-up, even though Manning insisted no individual was at fault and that the deafening arena noise had contributed to the issue.
12. The Perfect Season
1972 was the year that one team was able to go the entire season without a loss or tie and then win the Super Bowl. That was by the Miami Dolphins with their perfect 17-0 season. The only other team that had a shot at beating that perfect season record were the New England Patriots. The Patriots came so close, but the New York Football Giants had other plans and put an asterisk on New England’s legacy.