Super Bowl IV Trophy Presentation and Post-Game Interviews

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Here is a neat clip from the Super Bowl IV television broadcast, the trophy presentation and post-game interviews.  The quality isn’t fantastic, but the interviews are great.  You will see those that you expect – Len Dawson, Hank Stram, Lamar Hunt…  My favorite, however, is the discussion between Pat Summerall and Chiefs defensive lineman, Jerry Mays, who talks about the closeness of the Chiefs players and how they used the specter of their Super Bowl I loss to help push them to victory three seasons later.  The Ernie Ladd interview made me scratch my head a bit.  Not only was the discussion totally garbled, but I don’t quite understand the message that the Giant Cat was trying to get across.  Regardless, a great piece of AFL history!


Todd Tobias (775 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.

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9 Responses to Super Bowl IV Trophy Presentation and Post-Game Interviews

  1. Richard Cohen says:

    Another great post. Keep’em coming !

  2. 1967 says:

    For a Kansas City fan, January 11, 1970 has had to suffice for the last nigh on 44 years. It was the end of not only an era for the Chiefs, but, a football one otherwise too end of the AFL. The Chiefs played so well that day and like their three-game post season road run that also included wins @New York and @Oakland, the long-suffered “they can’t win the big one” cross to bear shattered, X 3.

    That the ‘NFL Chiefs’ have never again reached that summit the ‘AFL Chiefs’ did may be coincidence, but, I choose to believe that with the AFL/NFL merger, some of the impetus was lost. That isn’t something that can be proven, but 1967 will ever embrace said. Today, the modern NFL being driven more by avarice than ever before, it’s always a great ride (nod Lone Ranger) to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear ‘when it was (least in spirit) a game’, more so than a $ign.

    Sign of the times, many of those guys are gone now – Hunt, Stram & Mays, Brown, Buchanan, Tyrer as well Jerrel Wilson, Remi Prudhomme & Chiefs broadcast color man Bill Grigsby, a retired Ernie Ladd and an injured Reg Carolan. But as Ladd said, they’ll never forget the AFL… neither will the fans who loved it.

  3. Howard says:

    Jerry Mays was a class act. Great player and a warm and genuine person. I saw some video recently from that game. One difference between those days and today; players knew how to tackle back then! Except for MacBee’s botched tackle, I noticed the Vikings tackled well. Same for the Chiefs. Also, the rules did not neuter the defense, which is what today’s rules do!.

    I think they should change the name from Super Bowl to NFL Championship Game. There is no real passion, just some very high priced talent doing a day’s work.

  4. 1967 says:

    Agreed, Howard… it was only ‘Super’ from the first in 1967 till the last one 4th ended the 1960’s and the AFL/NFL, as we knew it.

    Whether due the persistent over-produced and drawn out two weeks worth PR hype, over-officious neutering the game itself or ob$cene kitty provided via fandom’s allegiance and broadcasting panacea, the trine is today the antithesis what the AFL once was; football has given way ‘$howtime’.

    Perhaps the price to be paid for the bidding wars that ultimately morphed what we now have today; long live the AFL.

    • Howard says:

      I think there was passion in the game for several years after the merger. The 1970’s Dolphins, Raiders, Cowboys, and Steelers were passionate teams that cared about their craft. Even the Bears, 49er’s and Giants of the 1980’s were hard nosed teams. It just seems that with ultra high priced talent, defensive scheme weakening, over coaching and over officiating, the game is a shell of what it was.

      There are some exceptions, but, in pro sports the money drives the game. I volunteer at Gillette Stadium; tickets are $125+, parking is $35.00, beers are $10.00, and a hot dog is $6.00. The average Joe cannot afford these prices. Way too money money for too little product!

  5. Erik says:

    If the Jets Super Bowl win was the most important game in AFL and possibly Pro Football history, this Chiefs win had to be right up there as the second or third biggest game because it truly legitimized the AFL.

  6. Erik says:

    Todd, not sure about what you meant regarding Ernie Ladd’s comments. I did not think it was garbled and I believe Ladd was paying homage to the AFL and the Chiefs organization. He was very humble as he stepped aside rather quickly so Gifford could interview the players.

  7. Tom Fischer says:

    It was a shame Stenerud missed the chip-shot field goal the next year against the Dolphins in the playoffs which kept the Chiefs from possibly winning two Super Bowls in a row and cemented themselves as one of the true great teams of all time. The Chiefs were getting old at that time and the Dolphin’s game was their last gasp for greatness. I’ve loved the Chiefs since when they were the Texans so the 1960’s were the height of my viewing career. I’ve always felt the whole organization from Lamar Hunt to Hank Satram to Lenny Dawson and all the players exhibited a real show of class. I was also glad that the missed field goal did not destroy Jan’s career.

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