A (Very) Brief History of the Super Bowl for Non-Football Fans

The National Football League (NFL) was created in 1920 and was the only major professional football league for decades. However, in 1960 a rival professional football league named the American Football League (AFL) formed.  In 1967, someone got the grand idea to have the NFL champion play against the AFL champion in a game called the “AFL–NFL World Championship Game,” later dubbed the Super Bowl.  This went well enough that in 1970 the NFL and AFL officially merged into one league called simply the NFL, which was divided into two conferences, the NFC (former NFL teams) and AFC (former AFL teams).  Still to this day the winner of the NFC and AFC conferences play for the championship in the Super Bowl.

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