30 Super Bowl Facts That Even The Most Hardcore Football Fans Probably Don’t Know

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The Super Bowl is coming, the Super Bowl is coming! 

It’s that time of year again and whether you enjoy football or not…you will probably watch at least a little football this coming Sunday. Family and friends will gather to rally and cheer, eat great food and drink awesome beer! Why not throw out a few Super Bowl fun facts to the crowd and really show them who know their football! 

Here are 30 you can start with!


1. The Super Bowl has been moved once: In 1993 after Arizona voted against recognizing MLK Day as a national holiday.

2. The first two Super Bowls were not even referred to as the Super Bowl at the time. It wasn’t until Super Bowl III that the name was coined.

3. Gale Gilbert, a backup QB, has the record for consecutive Super Bowl appearances. He made five straight with the Bills, from 1991-1994, and the Chargers, in 1995. His teams lost every single one of them.

4. Peyton Manning is the only quarterback to start and win a Super bowl with two different teams.

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5. Bill Belichick has coached in nine Super Bowls. That’s the most in NFL history.

6. Packers lineman Bryan Bulaga is the youngest player to ever start a Super Bowl. He was 21 years and 322 days old.

7. Ravens kicker Matt Stover was the oldest at 42 years and 11 days.

8. Five players share the record for most points scored in a Super Bowl. Four of them are 49ers. Two of them came in the same game, when Ricky Watters and Jerry Rice both scored 18 points in Super Bowl XXIX.

9. Ben Roethlisberger had a 22.6 passer rating in his first Super Bowl win. That’s the lowest rating for a winning quarterback in history.

10. Bob Griese completed only six passes in the Dolphins’ win in Super Bowl VIII.

11. The opening kickoff has been returned for a touchdown only once: Devin Hester in Super Bowl XLI.

12. The Patriots will have faced half of the NFC teams in the Super Bowl.

13. Teams wearing white jerseys are 11-1 in the last 12 Super Bowls. The Patriots will wear white on Sunday.

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14. Players on the winning team will receive a bonus of $107,000. Players on the losing team will receive a bonus of $53,000.

15. During the first Super Bowl, the bonuses were $15,000 and $7,500 for the winners and losers respectively.

16. The Browns, Texans, Jaguars and Lions have never been to a Super Bowl. Detroit, Jacksonville and Houston have all hosted a Super Bowl, however. Poor Cleveland.

17. Raiders QB Rich Gannon set the Super Bowl record with five interceptions in a single game against the Tampa Buccaneers.

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18. The Broncos have won three Super Bowls, but also have the record for losses with five. That’s more losses than 22 teams have appearances in the big game.

19. Phil Simms was the first Super Bowl MVP to say he was “going to Disney World.” He did so after completing 22 of 25 passes in Super Bowl XXI, setting the record for highest completion percentage.

20. Gamblers wagered a record $132.5 million on Super Bowl 50. Most of that money went on the Denver Broncos, who won the game 24-10.

21. Fans will consume an estimated 1.33 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday, according to Forbes.

22. The Super Bowl Trophy is made by Tiffany’s and Co. and costs $25,000.

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23. The record for the largest crowd for a Super Bowl was set in 1979 when 103,985 fans watched the Steelers upend the Rams at the Rose Bowl.

24. The NFL uses 72 game balls during the Super Bowl.

25. The highest scoring Super Bowl was played between the 49ers and Chargers in 1995. The teams combined for 75 points. The Charges scored 26, and the 49ers scored … 49.

26. The perfect 1972 Dolphins were involved in the lowest scoring Super Bowl when they beat the Redskins 14-7. One of the touchdowns came on one of the wildest plays in Super Bowl history.

27. No team has ever been shutout in the Super Bowl. Miami scored the fewest points when it only mustered three in Super Bowl VI against the Cowboys.

28. The Bills and Cowboys combined to fumble a record 12 times in Super Bowl XXVII, including Leon Lett’s infamous blunder near the goal line.

29. The firs Super bowl halftime show featured University of Arizona Symphonic Marching Band & Grambling State University Marching Band, and Al Hirt, whose nickname was the Round Mound of Sound. Top that, Beyonce.

30. The NFL did not turn to pop acts for the halftime show until 1991. Before then, it was largely comprised of marching bands. The New Kids on the Block performed in 1991.

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