Why Pro Football’s Ultimate Championship Is Called the “Super Bowl”

It has become an American national holiday. On the Sunday when the Super Bowl is played, the country stops. Families and friends collect around televisions armed with beer, brats, bravado and Buffalo wings to experience the ultimate water-cooler event.

As evidenced by the 2011 game on February 6, 2011, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 to win Super Bowl XLV, the game is bigger than the sport itself.

On television, nothing eclipses the power of the Super Bowl. An estimated television audience of 111 million tuned into that game, making it the most watched program in history.

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“If Jesus Christ were alive today,” minister Norman Vincent Peale allegedly once said, “he’d be (watching) the Super Bowl.”

So how did this game come to be called the Super Bowl? The legend began auspiciously in 1959 when Lamar Hunt was instrumental in forming a competitive football league to the long-existing NFL.

On the strength of his great inherited oil wealth, Hunt applied for an NFL expansion franchise in 1959, but was turned down. The thinking among NFL executives was that the league must be careful not to oversaturate the market by expanding too quickly. Hunt also attempted to purchase the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals franchise in 1959 with the intent to move them to Dallas, but was again turned down.

In response, Hunt approached several other businessmen who had also unsuccessfully sought NFL franchises, including fellow Texan and oil man K.S. Bud Adams of Houston, about forming a new football league. The American Football League (AFL) was established in August 1959. The league began play on September 9, 1960, with eight teams – the Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Texans, Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Titans and Oakland Raiders.