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40 Super Bowl Facts That Even Die-Hard Fans Don’t Know

The Super Bowl

People look forward to the Super Bowl every year. Even if their favorite team isn’t going to be playing in the game, they still watch. Not only does it promise to be a great game; it is a great excuse to throw a party. If you are a tried and true football fan, there are things you may not know. Here are 40 Super Bowl facts that even die-hard fans don’t know.

The Name

Originally, the Super Bowl was called “The NFL-AFL World Championship Game.” It was occasionally called the Super Bowl, but it wasn’t recognized that way until 1970.

I’m Going to Disney World

Disney paid New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms $75,000 to shout “I’m going to Disney World” when they won Super Bowl XXI. They also paid the Broncos quarterback, John Elway to do the same if his team won.

Halftime Shows

The halftime show for Super Bowl I had two marching bands, trumpeter Al Hirt, two men wearing jet packs, and a flock of 300 pigeons. This was much different than Super Bowl LI when Lady Gaga dove from the roof of the NRG Stadium.


Between 1985 and 1997, the NFC had a winning streak with 13 straight Super Bowl victories. During this time, they outscored the AFC by a margin of 217, scoring 490 points to the AFC’s 219 points.

Beating MAS*H

For many years, the final episode of MAS*H was the most watched television broadcast in history with 106.5 million viewers. The record was finally broken during Super Bowl XLIX had 114.4 viewers.

Western Pennsylvania

There are six Hall of Fame Quarterbacks from Western Pennsylvania, and they each made it to at least one Super Bowl. They include Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, and George Blanda.

Horrible Show

The Super Bowl XXIII halftime show was very strange. The headliner was Elvis Presto, a magician, and Elvis impersonator. The show was also broadcast in 3D, which was cool at the time, but fans today would find it incredibly cheesy.

Joe Montana

Joe Montana won every Super Bowl that he started in. He never even had one interception.

Vince Lombardi Trophy

Every year, the winning Super Bowl team gets the Vince Lombardi Trophy, but no two are alike. Tiffany & Co newly mint each one.

The Losing Team

During Super Bowl V, Dallas Cowboys linebacker, Chuck Howley was named MVP. It was the first and only time a player from the losing team was given the honor.

Super Bowl I Tickets

The most expensive ticket at Super Bowl I cost $12. Today, it would be about $89.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland is the only city never to have hosted a Super Bowl. Their team, the Browns, have never made it to a Super Bowl.

Money Making Day

Between the cities where gambling is legal, office pools, and bets between friends, Super Bowl is one of the busiest money making times of the year.

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning is the only quarterback to win the Super Bowl twice for two different teams. The Colts won in 2007, and the Broncos won in 2016.

Blackout Bowl

Super Bowl XLVII is also known as the Blackout Bowl because it was delayed 34 minutes after a power outage at the stadium. Some believe that Beyonce’s halftime show caused it, but this was never confirmed.

Cruise Ships

Days before Super Bowl XXXIX, officials in Jacksonville, FL discovered that they didn’t have enough hotel rooms for the NFL’s VIP guests. They ended up bringing in five cruise ships to serve as floating hotels.


Super Bowl LI was the first ever to go into overtime. The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons after trailing 28-3 in the third quarter. It was the biggest comeback in history.

Perfect Season

The Miami Dolphins are the only NFL team to have a perfect season. In 1972, they won all 14 games. They went to the Super Bowl and beat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.

Patriots and Broncos

Between the two, they were in the Super Bowl 19 times. They also lost more than any other team. The Pats record is 6 in 5, and the Broncos is 3 in 5.

No Cheerleaders

Super Bowl XLV was the first not to have any cheerleaders since the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers don’t have cheerleaders.

Bathroom Myth

There is a myth that sewage systems during the Super Bowl halftime fail due to excessive use. There is no evidence to support this claim.

Orbital Coin

Before each Super Bowl, there is a ceremonial coin flip. The coin used for Super Bowl XLIV spent 11 days orbiting Earth on a NASA space mission.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl wins of any player in history. He won six Super Bowls during his career.

No Shutouts

There has never been a shutout in the Super Bowl. The lowest score was 3 by the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams.


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl is the second largest food consumption day in America, coming in second to Thanksgiving.

White House

The 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers were the first Super Bowl winners to be invited to the White House. They joined the World Series champs, the Pittsburgh Pirates to meet Jimmy Carter.

Over Run

During Super Bowl I, NBC went overtime with the halftime commercials, and they missed the second-half kickoff. To fix the problem, the Packers had to kick again.


The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the most Super Bowl victories with six each.


Before each Super Bowl played on natural grass, fresh sod is installed. For Super Bowl 50, they needed 75,000 square feet.


The team that wins the Super Bowl gets a bonus. In 2017, every Patriots player got $107,000, and each Falcon got $53,000 just for making it there.

Back-To-Back Seven teams had back-to-back Super Bowl wins:

Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers who did it twice.

Michael Jackson

When Michael Jackson headlined the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVII, the show had more viewers than the game. This was when the NFL decided always to get big-name acts.

Ronald Reagan

When the New York Giants won Super Bowl XXI, linebacker Harry Carlson dumped a Gatorade bucket of popcorn over President Reagan’s head during their visit to the White House.

Home Team

For odd numbered Super Bowls, the NFC hosts the game. On even numbered games, the AFC hosts.


Right after the second half kickoff during Super Bowl XXXVII, a fan disguised as a referee stripped down to his G-string to streak across the field. Fortunately, New England Patriots linebacker, Matt Chatham stopped him.

First Touchdown

Max McGee made the first touchdown during the first Super Bowl. He almost didn’t play due to a hangover.

Oldest Winner

Tom Brady is the oldest player to win a Super Bowl when they won Super Bowl LIII at the age of 41. Peyton Manning held the title before him at 39 years old during Super Bowl 50.

No Presidents

No sitting President has ever attended the Super Bowl, but many Vice Presidents did.


After the New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino donated 42 pounds of Dunkin Donuts coffee and 12 dozen Boston cream pies to New York charities as part of a bet.


LSU is known as DBU, for producing defensive backs. Alabama and Purdue University are called QBU or turning out so many quarterbacks.

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