The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). It is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world surpassed only by the UEFA Champions League Final. It marks the end of the season which usually begins late summer. The Super Bowl is usually played on the first Sunday of February since 2004.
With another Super Bowl right around the corner, excitement is high when Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs face off in the Super Bowl LV will take place in Tampa, Florida, on February 7, 2021.
Diving into the history of super bowls, it started off with a merger between the NFL and its rival the American Football League (AFL). The two champion teams would begin playing in an annual AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the merger was completed in 1970. The first game was played on January 15, 1967, after the completion of regular seasons in both leagues. After the merger, each league was re-designated as a “conference”, and since then the game has been played between the conference champions to determine the NFL’s league champion each season.
The Super Bowl champions receive the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowl games and three of the five preceding NFL championships in 1961, 1962, and 1965. Following Vince Lombardi’s death in September 1970, the trophy was named the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The first trophy awarded under the new name was presented to the Baltimore Colts following their win in Super Bowl V in Miami.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots are tied with six Super Bowl wins; the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have five victories each, while the Packers and New York Giants have four Super Bowl championships. Fourteen other NFL franchises have won at least one Super Bowl. The Patriots own the record for most Super Bowl appearances overall (eleven) and tied for the most won (six). The Cowboys, Steelers, and Denver Broncos are tied for second with eight appearances apiece, achieving reaching that milestone in this respective order. Belichick owns the record for most Super Bowl wins (eight) and participation in any capacity (twelve, nine times as a head coach, once as assistant head coach, and twice as defensive coordinator). Dan Reeves previously held the Super Bowl participation record in any capacity (nine, twice as a player, three times as assistant coach, and four times as a head coach). Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl starts (nine) and wins as a player (six), while Charles Haley has the second-most wins among players (five).
The super bowl also holds the record for the most-watched American television broadcast in history and is also the second-largest food consumption day in the United States. The pre-game and halftime entertainment mostly features performances from popular singers and musicians. The commercial breaks during the event broadcast are very high as companies fight over them owing to the huge viewership.
No super bowl goes by without talks of the dream team and it is no different this year as well.
If we are assembling another dream team, I would of course have Tom Brady starting as the quarterback, who is on his tenth Super Bowl start. TB12 is on his first super bowl as a Buccaneer and the world awaits to see if he would claim his seventh Super Bowl win.
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Running back: Franco Harris, the all-time leader in Super Bowl rushing yards, having amassed 354 in four trips to the big game between 1975 and 1980. He led the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory in all four of those Super Bowls, at a time when the full back was among the most valuable positions in the game.
Running back: Emmitt Smith, the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns in the Super Bowl, with five in just three appearances. He has a perfect record of three wins from three trips to the Super Bowl between 1993 and 1996, and he’s the only player ever to score two rushing touchdowns in two separate Super Bowls.
Wide receiver: Jerry Rice smashed countless records over the course of his career to become the undisputed greatest receiver of all time, and he did his best work when the games mattered the most. He won three Super Bowls out of three with the 49ers between 1989 and 1995, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while playing for the Oakland Raiders in 2003.
Wide receiver: Lynn Swann, the star wide receiver for the dominant Steelers team of the 1970s, Swann was the greatest pass catcher in Super Bowl history before Rice came along. He ranks second all-time for receiving yards and joint-second for receiving touchdowns. Swann’s Steelers won all four of the Super Bowls in which he played, and he put up huge numbers despite being on a team that was built around the running game.
Tight end: Rob Gronkowski, the former New England Patriots star gained 297 receiving yards – the most for his position and sixth-most of any player in history – and scored three touchdowns, another record for tight ends. Gronkowski was Tom Brady’s favourite target and reached four Super Bowls during his time in New England, winning on two occasions
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