Super Bowl Sunday has become a national holiday in the United States with lots of game-watching parties and lots of unhealthy food being consumed. But it wasn’t always like that. Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967 as part of the merger agreement between the National Football League and the American Football League (after the merger was completed in 1970, the two leagues became “conferences”).
This CBS highlight film is from the 1966-67 season and is a hoot! The commentary and sound effects are playful but respectful. However, one thing that I noticed is how very different the game was almost 40 years ago. As I was doing research for this post, I came across an 8th grade oral history project where the student interviewed Bob Williams who played for the Chicago Bears in the early 1950s. Mr. Williams shared his belief that television changed the sport completely to make the game more exciting to watch. After you watch this video and compare it to modern football, I think you will also agree with Mr. Williams.
The person who uploaded this video transferred it from film. The color is faded and off–what used to be green is now red–but that doesn’t diminish the athleticism the players displayed. It is a fun film to watch!