Super Bowl I – 50th Anniverary

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January 15, 1967.  The day of the first AFL-NFL Championship game, later to be referred to as Super Bowl I.  An historic day for sure, although the Packers victory might still stick in the craw of AFL fans.  Original images from that game are relatively easy to come by now, especially with the dismantling of newspaper photo archives across the country.  Still, they are a treat to own, and a bit of history that a fan can hold in his hands.  I’ve been fortunate to acquire four shots taken by a fan, from his family’s seats that day, as well as a handful or original slides and prints.  They, and images of many other AFL topics, are always available for viewing in the Photo Galleries on this site.



Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

2 Responses to Super Bowl I – 50th Anniverary

  1. Eddie Arminio says:

    The AFL made their bones,as everyone knows,in Super Bowl III.I’m sure to this day Joe Willie gets thank yous.The league has changed 360 compared to those days. A better era then, by far.Predicting 50 years from now, scary.

  2. afl says:

    Where have you gone January 15, 1967? Happy Birthday Superbowl I: 50 years old today.

    They called it progress: expansion of teams, players, games… money. Astro-turf came into vogue, replacing the embrace mud, blood and guts an large extent. Now fallen out of favor; the by-product of mother nature – grass – prevailed, remaining unmatched.

    Today, hard tackling is frowned upon – hitting is bad, especially QB’$, resulting ‘go into a slide’ protective fetal position (legit as the BLM movement, the NFL’s version ‘legs up – don’t hit!’)

    CTE? OMG. As the Surgeon General’s warning re: cigarette smoking or Silica Gel packets admonition ‘do not eat’ found various products, if someone really needs a personalized blueprint/has to watch a car crash on the street or gridiron to know what is possible, and that there likely will be consequences, common sense is apparently in short supply today… in direct contrast greater prioritie$ & exce$$.

    No dresses on QB’$ (yet, nod Jack Lambert’s 1979 quip), but pink wrist bands & other accoutrements (both NFL and MLB) to acknowledge one good cause or another prevalent, having replaced the embrace mud, blood and guts to an large extent. Designer shoes & cleats – socks bearing sharpies and other assorted and sordid props too, are in; nod Lombardi – “what the hell’s going on out there!?”

    Just a notch behind Benjamin$ today is the ‘I’ndividual… ‘team’ is second. Today’s players too many them, ‘follow the camera’ for opportunities to gyrate, as if throes gran mal seizure, play to the crowd. Sportsmanship is passe & old school… taunting is the in thing… ‘dog’.

    Has the game advanced, is it better today, in any way at all?

    You decide.

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