Wednesday, February 2, 2011
A Bit of Super Bowl History.
Our intrepid collector of memorabilia, and avid sports fan Andy, heard this on the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN Radio this past Monday, January 31st.
Pat Summerall, legendary NFL player and announcer, told a great story about his part in broadcasting the very first Super Bowl in 1967 at The Los Angeles Coliseum. According to Summerall, the game which was then known as the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game, was considered little more than "an afterthought". It was broadcast by both NBC and CBS. The only time two networks have done so simultaneously.
Summerall and former Giants teammate Frank Gifford, (later married to Kathy Lee Gifford), were sharing broadcasting duties for CBS, Summerall announcing the first half while Gifford worked the sideline. At halftime they switched places with Summerall going to the sideline. As soon as he reached the sideline, he was was told to go ask Vince Lombardi, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, to please redo the kickoff because the TV cameras had missed it while interviewing Bob Hope! He refused, but someone else spoke to Lombardi and they had an official "do-over" for the second half kickoff, of the game that later became known as Super Bowl I.
You can hear Pat Summerall discuss the 1967 Super Bowl I, his part in the 1958 NFL Championship game known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played", and more in the complete interview here.