The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL).  The first one was played on January 15, 1967 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers won 35-10.  But how did the Super Bowl originate?

In 1922 the American Football Association changed its name to the National Football League (NFL) and the modern era of professional football began.  From 1922 to 1932, the champion was the team with the best regular season record.  The first post-season game was in 1933, when the league was divided into two five-team divisions and was called the NFL Championship Game.

In 1960, the American Football League was formed and competed with the established NFL for players and fans.  Unlike other leagues that had come and gone, the AFL owners had the money to offer lucrative contracts to the players.  From 1966 to 1969 the best team from each league played against each other in an inter-league world championship game.

In 1970, the leagues merged and for the first three years labeled the game as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.  Today, they are considered Super Bowl I through III.  The term “Super Bowl” was first used by Lamar Hunt, owner of the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.  The media picked up on the name and it became so popular that the AFL-NFL Championship Game was replaced in January 1971 with the Super Bowl title.

Today, Super Bowl Sunday is considered by some an unofficial American holiday.  It has frequently been the most watched television broadcast of the year.  It is among the most watched sporting events in the world.  Many people have parties to watch the event.  There is more food consumed in America for the game than any other day but Thanksgiving.  Come into Earp’s for all your snack food and beer supplies for the Super Bowl.