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With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, I thought it would only be appropriate to discuss the history of the NFL! This year's big game is Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Fransico 49ers!


The American Professional Football Association (APFA) was established on August 20,1920. These teams were charged a $100 fee and it consisted of 14 original teams. The name was changed to the NFL (National Football League) in 1922.


The first NFL playoff game was held on December 18, 1932. This contest was between the Portsmouth Spartans (6-1-4) and the Chicago Bears (6-1-6) The Bears defeated the Spartans 9-0.


In 1933, the Washington Redskins owner, George Marshall, proposed a policy of total racial segregation and the NFL adopted it. Black athletes were denied the ability to play until 1946 when the Las Angeles Rams signed Kenny Washington and Woody Strode.


The first televised NFL game was held on October 22, 1939. It was aired on NBC and the contest was between the Philidelphia Eagles and the Brooklyn Dodgers.


In 1960 the American Football League was formed. This was a rival to the NFL and they had a total of 8 teams (New York Titans, Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Houston Oilers, Las Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Texans). In 1970, the AFL was absorbed into the NFL and joined it's 3 existing teams (Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers to form the American Football Conference.


The very 1st Super Bowl was held on January 15, 1957, between the Green Bay Packers (NFL) and the Kansas City Chiefs (AFL). The game was played at the Las Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the winner being the Packers over the Chiefs 35-10.



  1. I 1/15/67 Green Bay Packers (35) > Kanas City Chiefs (10) Las Angeles, CA

  2. II 1/14/68 Green Bay Packers (33) > Oakland Raiders (14) Miami, FL

  3. III 1/12/69 New York Jets (16) > Baltimore Colts (7) Miami, FL

  4. IV 1/11/70 Kansas City Chiefs (23) > Minnesota Vikings (7) New Orleans, LA

  5. V 1/17/71 Baltimore Colts (16) > Dallas Cowboys (13) Miami, FL

  6. VI 1/16/72 Dallas Cowboys (24) > Miami Dolphins (3) New Orleans, LA

  7. VII 1/14/73 Miami Dolphins (14) > Washington Redskins (7) Las Angeles, CA

  8. VIII 1/13/74 Miami Dolphins (24) > Minnesota Vikings (7) Houston, TX

  9. IX 1/12/75 Pittsburgh Steelers (16) > Minnesota Vikings (6) New Orleans, LA

  10. X 1/18/76 Pittsburgh Steelers (21) > Dallas Cowboys (17) Miami, FL

  11. XI 1/9/77 Oakland Raiders (32) > Minnesota Vikings (14) Pasadena, CA

  12. XII 1/15/78 Dallas Cowboys (27) > Denver Broncos (10) New Orleans, LA

  13. XIII 1/21/79 Pittsburgh Steelers (35) > Dallas Cowboys (31) Miami, FL

  14. XIV 11/20/80 Pittsburgh Steelers (31) > Las Angeles Rams (19) Pasadena, CA

  15. XV 1/25/81 Oakland Raiders (27) > Philadelphia Eagles (10) New Orleans, LA

  16. XVI 1/24/82 San Fransisco 49ers (26) > Cincinnati Bengals (21) Pontiac, MI

  17. XVII 1/30/83 Washington Redskins (27) > Miami Dolphins (17) Pasadena, CA

  18. XVIII 1/22/84 Las Angeles Raiders (38) > Washington Redskins (9) Tampa, FL

  19. XIX 1/20/85 San Fransisco 49ers (38) > Miami Dolphins (17) Stanford, CA

  20. XX 1/26/86 Chicago Bears (46) > New England Patriots (10) New Orleans, LA

  21. XXI 1/25/87 New York Giants (39) > Denver Broncos (20) Pasadena, CA

  22. XXII 1/31/88 Washington Redskins (37) > Denver Broncos (10) San Diego, CA

  23. XXIII 1/22/89 San Francisco 49ers (20) > Cincinnati Bengals (16) Miami, FL

  24. XXIV 1/28/90 San Francisco 49ers (55) > Denver Broncos (10) New Orleans, LA

  25. XXV 1/27/91 New York Giants (20) > Buffalo Bills (19) Tampa, FL

  26. XXVI 1/26/92 Washington Redskins (37) > Buffalo Bills (24) Minneapolis, MN

  27. XXVII 1/31/93 Dallas Cowboys (52) > Buffalo Bills (17) Pasadena, CA

  28. XXVIII 1/30/94 Dallas Cowboys (30) > Buffalo Bills (13) Atlanta, GA

  29. XXIX 1/29/95 San Fransisco 49ers (49) > San Diego Chargers (26) Miami, FL

  30. XXX 1/28/96 Dallas Cowboys (27) > Pittsburg Steelers (17) Tempe, AZ

  31. XXXI 1/26/97 Green Bay Packers (35) > New England Patriots (21) New Orleans, LA

  32. XXXII 1/25/98 Denver Broncos (31) > Green Bay Packers (24) San Diego, CA

  33. XXXIII 1/31/99 Denver Broncos (34) > Atlanta Falcons (19) Miami, FL

  34. XXXIV 1/30/00 St. Louis Rams (23) > Tennessee Titans (16) Atlanta, GA

  35. XXXV 1/28/01 Baltimore Ravens (34) > New York Giants (7) Tampa, FL

  36. XXXVI 2/3/02 New England Patriots (20) > St. Louis Rams (17) New Orleans, LA

  37. XXXVII 1/26/03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (48) > Oakland Raiders (21) San Diego, CA

  38. XXXVIII 2/1/04 New England Patriots (32) > Carolina Panthers (29) Houston, TX

  39. XXXIX 2/6/05 New England Patriots (24) > Philadelphia Eagles (21) Jacksonville, FL

  40. XL 2/5/06 Pittsburgh Steelers (21) > Seattle Seahawks (10) Detroit, MI

  41. XLI 2/4/07 Indianapolis Colts (29) > Chicago Bears (17) Miami, FL

  42. XLII 2/3/08 New York Giants (17) > New England Patriots (14) Glendale, AZ

  43. XLIII 2/1/09 Pittsburgh Steelers (27) > Arizona Cardinals (23) Tampa, FL

  44. XLIV 2/7/10 New Orleans Saints (31) > Indianapolis Colts (17) Miami, FL

  45. XLV 2/6/11 Green Bay Packers (31) > Pittsburgh Steelers (25) Arlington, TX

  46. XLVI 2/5/12 New York Giants (21) > New England Patriots (17) Indianapolis, IN

  47. XLVII 2/3/13 Baltimore Ravens (34) > San Francisco 49ers (31) New Orleans, LA

  48. XLVIII 2/2/14 Seattle Seahawks (43) > Denver Broncos (8) East Rutherford, NJ

  49. XLIX 2/1/15 New England Patriots (28) > Seattle Seahawks (24) Glendale, AZ

  50. L 2/7/16 Denver Broncos (24) > Carolina Panthers (10) Santa Clara, CA

  51. LI 2/5/17 New England Patriots (34) > Atlanta Falcons (28) Houston, TX

  52. LII 2/4/18 Philidelphia Eagles (41) > New England Patriots (33) Minneapolis, MN

  53. LIII 2/3/19 New England Patriots (13) > Las Angeles Rams (3) Atlanta, GA

  54. LIV 2/2/20 Kansas City Chiefs (31) > San Fransisco 49ers (20) Miami, FL

  55. LV 2/7/21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31) > Kansas City Chiefs (9) Tampa, FL

  56. LVI 2/13/22 Las Angeles Rams (23) > Cincinati Bangles (20) Inglewood, CA

  57. LVII 2/12/23 Kansas City Chiefs (38) > Philadelphia Eagles (35) Glendale, AZ

  58. LVIII 2/11/24 San Fransisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Las Vegas, NV


Although the Minnesota Vikings have never won a Super Bowl, they are still my team! I was born and raised in Minnesota and proud of it!! We only made it to the big game 4 times and came up short on all occasions, I still keep the faith! I have never actually attended a Minnesota Vikings game, but it's not for lack of trying. Randy and I drove down to Minneapolis in a snowstorm in 2010, only to wake up in our hotel Sunday morning and discover that the Metrodome's roof had collapsed. This past summer, we took our Grandson Jabbar to a preseason game at the US Bank Stadium. Wow was that impressive! Here is a little Minnesota Vikings history for you:


  • The Minnesota Vikings were formed in 1960 and based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • The Vikings were named after the Medieval Scandinavia reflecting Minnesota's strong Scandinavian culture.

  • Their 1st official game was on August 5, 1961, at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They played the Dallas Cowboys and won by a score of 37-13.

  • They have had 3 different stadiums over the years. The Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN (1961-1981), the Hubert Humphry Metrodome (1981-2013), and the US Bank Stadium (2016-present).

  • The "Purple People Eaters" era was during the time of 1967-1977. This represented a strong defense by the Minnesota Vikings. (Alan Page, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, Gary Larsen and Doug Sutherland)

  • The 5 greatest players from the Minnesota Vikings were: Fran Tarkenton, Randy Moss, Randall McDaniel, Adrian Peterson and Alan Page.

  • Fun Fact: The Minnesota Vikings are the only team in the league with a prefix of the State instead of a City.


So, who are you rooting for at this year's Super Bowl? It doesn't really matter to me since neither of the team I wanted to see in it (Ravens & Lions) made it. I just hope it's a good game and may the best team win!!


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