Super Bowl Fun Facts

Anna B., Sports

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Super Bowl LI has already passed. The stadium has been cleaned and all of the snacks consumed. The Super Bowl is one of the most celebrated sports events in the United States, but did you know it is a worldwide event as well? The action-packed game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons was translated into thirty-four different languages! The game was watched in English pubs and Chinese grilles, and Aruba even filled one massive stadium with locals to watch the game on two ten foot screens.

If you don’t like the sport, maybe the commercials are more your taste, but here are some fun facts about Super Bowl history to get you excited for Super Bowl LII:

The Super Bowl we have all come to know did not originally start as the Super Bowl. In 1967 it was called the AFL-NFL World Championship, where the winners from the National Football League and American Football League would face off. The first two championships were not as popular as everyone expected, so no network or airing tapes of the games exist. It was reportedly taped over to make room for more soap operas!

It wasn’t until the third Super Bowl that the name was coined, and the famous trophy was given to the winning team. Did you know that Tiffany and Company creates the trophy every year? Or that it costs a whopping 25,000 dollars to make? Additionally, each Super Bowl ring costs $5,000 dollars each. That means Tom Brady has over $25,000 dollars in Super Bowl rings!

Speaking of quarterbacks, Peyton Manning is the only quarterback to win the Super Bowl with two different teams. Once with the Indianapolis Colts and again with the Denver Broncos! He is also the oldest quarterback to win in Super Bowl history!

Wonder what records the Patriots and Falcons set? Did you know that a game has never gone into overtime in the Super Bowl? The Patriots, setting a record by appearing in the Super Bowl nine times, didn’t even give the Falcons a chance in overtime and Tom Brady was the hero of course. He completed 43 of his 63 passes, a Super Bowl record, with two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 95.2. It’s no wonder he was named the Super Bowl MVP… again…

Team superstitions are also a large part of the Super Bowl as well, teams wearing white jerseys are 11-1 in the last twelve games. Teams often wear the same socks and undershirts (without washing them, yes) that they have worn during winning games.

How much food is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday? It is the second day that Americans consume the most food, right behind Thanksgiving! Over eleven million pounds of potato chips, twelve million pounds of guacamole, and fifty million cases of alcohol were consumed that Sunday. Last but not least, a staggering 1.3 billion chicken wings were consumed! I don’t know about you, but that’s a lot of chicken.