How the Super Bowl got its name

The Green Bay Packers held on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 Sunday to win the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl title, the classic all-American event that owes its name to… a toy rubber ball.

It's just a ball game.
According to the Washington Post the story goes something like this:

On the merger of NFL-AFL in 1966 discussions inevitably turned to the question of what to call the final championship game. And inevitably, there was no agreement and the issue soon became deadlocked. During the impasse Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt jokingly referred to the game as the “Super Bowl” after watching his children play with an incredibly bouncy ball called a Super Ball (“made of amazing Zectron”).

The name just stuck even though Hunt himself said Super Bowl was “far too corny” to ever be used on the big stage. Neither was Commissioner Pete Rozelle convinced. He wanted something more dignified and decreed the game should be known as the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game.”

By this time it was too late. Everyone was calling the title game “the Super Bowl.” The league held out for a few years before Rozelle conceded. “Super Bowl” first appeared on the program cover of the third game and on the tickets of the fourth game. Few fans noticed; they’d been calling it the Super Bowl since the first one was played.

While we are on the subject, who knows what the “G” in the Packers G logo stands for? Clue – it isn’t Green Bay, or Gorgonzola.The answer is here.

G is for...?
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