Unbelievable Super Bowl Facts That Even The Biggest NFL Fan Doesn’t Know [LIST]
Folks, in case you've been living under a rock (like I have) this football season, the Super Bowl is just a few days away!
This year, it's set to be a doozy with the (arguably) two best teams in the NFL this season going head-to-head with it all on the line. The game itself features two MVP contenders, Matt Ryan with the Falcons and Tom Brady with the Patriots. The high-octane Atlanta offense going up against Bill Belichick's crazy football mind which is known for stopping the best of offenses. Oh, this is gonna be good.
To get you ready for the big game, I found some of the craziest Super Bowl facts that are not known all that well throughout the football community.
I did some digging to find these facts, and by, "I did some digging," I mean I found this list on USA Today.
Below are some of the highlights, and you can click HERE to see the full list.
1. The NFL uses 72 perfectly inflated game balls during the Super Bowl.
2. Teams wearing white jerseys are 11-1 in the last 12 Super Bowls. The Patriots will wear white on Sunday.
3. The first two Super Bowls were not even referred to as the 'Super Bowl' at the time. It wasn't until Super Bowl 3 that the name was coined.
4. Backup quarterback Gale Gilbert has the record for consecutive Super Bowl appearances. He made five straight. Four with the Bills from 1991 to 1994, and then with the Chargers in 1995. His teams lost every game.
5. Phil Simms was the first Super Bowl MVP to say he was "going to Disney World." He said it after completing 22 of 25 passes in Super Bowl 21, and that set the record for highest completion percentage.
6. The NFL didn't turn to mainstream music acts for halftime shows until 1991. Before then, it was mostly marching bands. New Kids on the Block performed in 1991, so the NFL started with a pretty high bar.
7. The Super Bowl has been moved once: In 1993 after Arizona voted against recognizing MLK Day as a national holiday.
8. Peyton Manning is the only quarterback to start and win a Super bowl with two different teams.
9. Packers lineman Bryan Bulaga is the youngest player to ever start a Super Bowl. He was 21 years and 322 days old. Ravens kicker Matt Stover was the oldest at 42 years and 11 days.
10. The Patriots will have faced half of the NFC teams in the Super Bowl.