Count Up to Super Bowl 50: A Look at Super Bowl III
June 19th, 2015 by John Nichols
Super Bowl III was the first of its kind to officially wear the Super Bowl name. This historic game was played on January 12, 1969 in Miami, Florida at the Miami Orange Bowl Stadium. Attendance at Super Bowl III was a whopping 75,389 people.
This game might have had a low score between both opponents, but it was still an exciting game. The New York Jets played the Baltimore Colts. Ironically, many people still thought AFL teams were way less talented than any NFL team out there. However, the New York Jets were an AFL team that brought home the trophy during Super Bowl III.
It’s often talked about that the Jets’ quarterback, Joe Namath, told fans 3 days before the big game that he “guaranteed a victory.” Namath went on to complete 17 out of 28 passes for 206 yards. Later, Namath was also named the MVP of the Super Bowl III game.
Finally, Super Bowl III brought on some entertainment that was not a college band. Bob Hope led a program that honored the Apollo Astronauts and the Florida A&M University band did its thing. Unfortunately, the Jets and Colts won’t play again due to changes in the AFL-NFL merger of 1970.