Super Bowl Sunday: 51 Fun Facts Including Some Made in USA Brands

Super Bowl Sunday: 51 Fun Facts Including Some Made in USA Brands

On Sunday, February 5th at 6:30 pm EST, more than 100 million people are expected to tune in to watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI. Houston is expecting an estimated 1 million visitors that weekend.

Did you know Super Bowl Sunday is considered to be an unofficial American Holiday? Yeah, we didn’t either. So we decided to check out just how American-made this unofficial “American holiday” really is. We did some digging and put together some fun facts about the Big Game along with some details on just how American-made the event is.

Here are 51 fun facts for you:

    1. The most watched Big Game was XLIX. The Patriots’ last-second victory over the Seahawks was the most watched in television history with an estimated 114.4 million viewers.
    2. The Super Bowl has been moved once: In 1993 after Arizona voted against recognizing MLK Day as a national holiday.
    3. This is the third time Houston is hosting the Super Bowl (1974 & 2004)
    4. Made in USA Fact: The NFL uses 72 game balls during the Super Bowl. Each and every football is specifically made just for the Super Bowl by Wilson, an American manufacturer. Yes, you read that right. Each and every football has a Made in USA tag on it! The footballs are all made by hand at the Wilson Factory in Ada, Ohio. In fact, all of the footballs used during the NFL season are provided by Wilson!
    5. Super Bowl XXVII was one of the more sloppy Super Bowls ever played. The tilt between the Cowboys and Bills featured 12 (!) fumbles, eight by Buffalo and four by Dallas.
    6. The largest crowd in Super Bowl history dates back to 1979. Played in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl packed in over 103,985 fans to watch the Steelers versus the Rams in Super Bowl XIV.
    7. Second time in NFL history that both conference championship games were decided by 19+ points (1978)
    8. The player with the most Super Bowl rings is Charles Haley, who has won five playing for the 49ers and the Cowboys.
    9. The most watched halftime show was Katy Perry and the infamous Left Shark’s halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX. It drew, even more, viewers than the game itself. Her performance was watched by 118.5 million people.
    10. 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.
    11. Halftime performers are not paid in money, only in exposure.
    12. Three teams have been to the Big Game eight times: The Cowboys, Steelers, and Patriots have appeared in an NFL-record eight Super Bowls. In fact, the Cowboys and Steelers have matched up against each other in three Super Bowls.
    13. Made in USA Fact: The Vince Lombardi trophy is awarded to the winner of the Super Bowl each year. It is made by American manufacturer Tiffany’s and Co. in a silversmith out of Parsippany, NJ. The trophy stands 22inches tall, weighs 7 pounds and depicts a football in a kicking position on a three concave sided stand. It takes about four months to make, it is entirely made of silver and it’s worth $25,000. Unlike trophies such as the Stanley Cup and the Grey Cup, a new Vince Lombardi Trophy is made every year and the winning team maintains permanent possession of that trophy, with one notable exception being Super Bowl V‘s, won by the then-Baltimore Colts.
    14. Raiders QB Rich Gannon set the Super Bowl record with five interceptions in a single game against the Tampa Buccaneers.
    15. The seven most-watched American television broadcasts have been Super Bowls.
    16. The last time the Big Game was in Houston was during NIPPLEGATE! Justin Timberlake pulled off a piece of Ms. Jackson’s top which exposed her breast. Wardrobe malfunction? We will never know.
    17. At least 17 people attend the average Super Bowl party
    18. Peyton Manning is the only quarterback to start and win a Super bowl with two different teams. 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.
    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. Each member of the winning team will receive $97,000. Each member of the losing team gets $49,000 each. (Baseball and basketball receive more.)
    21. 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.
    22. Made in USA Fact: The big game cannot start without the Coin Toss. And guess where the coin is made? Yes. You guessed it! The coin used at the Super Bowl is made by American manufacturer Highland Mint based out of Melbourne, FL. They are a full-service mint with state-of-the-art facilities housed within their 40,000 SQ foot building. They take a job from start to finish providing layout, design, and processing of precious metals, among other services! Don’t worry, the collectible Super Bowl coins are also Made in the USA.
    23. Coin Toss: Heads have turned up 24 times while it has landed on tails 26 times.
    24. Ravens kicker Matt Stover was the oldest at 42 years and 11 days.
    25. The first two Big Games were not even referred to as the Super Bowl at the time. It wasn’t until Super Bowl III that the name was coined.
    26. Not all watching are fans. Some watch as part of a Super Bowl party. Others watch for the commercials. Ads sell for $5M to $5.5M for just 30 seconds of air time! That’s more than $183,000 per second.
    27. Pizza Hut is estimated to sell over 2 million pizzas in Houston this Sunday. That’s enough pizza to cover a couple football fields.
    28. New England is 4-4 in Super Bowls. The Patriots lost in 1986, 1997, 2008, and 2012. They won in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015.
    29. Fans will chomp down about 1.23 billion chicken wings, over 8 million pounds of guacamole and about 14,000+ tons of chips will be consumed.
    30. About 52+ million cases of beer are sold on Super Bowl Sunday.
    31. 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.
    32. Made in USA fact: Most of the helmets worn by the NFL players are manufactured by two companies: Riddell and Schutt Sports! Both are American manufacturers. Both provide almost 100% of the headgear used by the NFL.
    33. This will be Patriots 9th Big Game appearance.
    34. 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.
    35. Player to throw the most interceptions in one game: Rich Gannon of the Raiders. He threw five interceptions, contributing to the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl XXVII win.
    36. Country singer Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem this year.
    37. Members of the original “Hamilton” cast will sing “America the Beautiful”
    38. Lady Antebellum, O.A.R., and Tyler Farr are slated to play at the On Location Experiences pre-game party in Houston.
    39. The Pittsburgh Steelers has won the most Super Bowls with a total of six wins.
    40. The Patriots have won four Super Bowls, all of them with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at the helm.
    41. This will be the first time Ohio-based Wendy’s will advertise in a Big Game.
    42. New England tight end Rob Gronkowski has 1.7 million Twitter followers. Sadly, this star is injured and will not be playing for New England during the Big Game this year.
    43. Highest winning score was during Super Bowl XXIV on January 28, 1990 – San Francisco 49ers, 55, Denver Broncos, 10. This was also the largest margin of victory to date.
    44. Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant, 41, will be the oldest player in the game. Second oldest is New England’s Tom Brady, at 39.
    45. The oldest Super Bowl-winning QB is Peyton Manning, 39, winning Super Bowl L against the Denver Broncos.
    46. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the first QB and coach to appear in seven Super Bowls. NFL record.
    47. Only two players have won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) award three times – quarterback Joe Montana and Tom Brady.
    48. In early January, Nate Silver predicted the Patriots have a 55% chance of winning the Super Bowl. Atlanta was listed at 16%.
    49. The Patriots started in 1959. The Falcons were created in 1965. Both teams chose their nicknames via a public contest.
    50. 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.
    51. The last time the Big Game was in Houston, the Patriots won.

Did you know some of these facts? Do you have some facts to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Chris J Tanzi Says: February 5, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I would like a list of dishwashers that are sold at sears that are made in the USA. Union Yes!!

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