48 Super Bowl Tidbits as Super Bowl XLVIII approaches

(DETROIT) - I'll admit it.  I have an obsession with Super Bowl history. 

I could bend your ear with Super Bowl talk for hours.

The history intrigues me. The pageantry reels me in every year.  The legacies players carry with them forever based on what they do in a Super Bowl is real, and spectacular.

As we get set for the Seahawks and Broncos to square off in Super Bowl XLVIII, I compiled 48 tidbits of Super Bowl knowledge for you to chew on:

I – Of the 42 men named Super Bowl MVP, only one has passed away – Harvey Martin.

II – The Broncos are the second franchise Peyton Manning has led to a Super Bowl as starting quarterback.  Kurt Warner led the St. Louis Rams to two Super Bowls and the Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII.

III – Joe Montana is the only player to be named MVP of the Super Bowl three times. 

IV – Two quarterbacks (Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw) have led their teams to four Super Bowl wins. 

V – Five teams have played in one Super Bowl and lost (San Diego, Atlanta, Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona)

VI – The Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins with 6. The Cowboys and 49ers are close behind with 5 Super Bowl wins each.

VII – Seven running backs have been named Super Bowl MVP – Larry Csonka, Franco Harris, John Riggins, Marcus Allen, Ottis Anderson, Emmitt Smith & Terrell Davis

VIII – The Steelers and Cowboys are tied for most-ever Super Bowl appearances (8 games each)

IX – Of the 10 most watched television programs of all time, nine of them are Super Bowls.

X – Eli Manning is the only starting quarterback to wear the #10 who has led his team to a Super Bowl victory.  (Fran Tarkenton the only other QB who wore #10)

XI – The AFL/AFC won 11 out of 13 Super Bowls from 1969 through 1981.  The only two wins by the NFC were recorded by the Dallas Cowboys (Super Bowls V and XII)

XII – No number has been worn by more starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl than #12 (Joe Namath, Roger Staubach, Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw, Ken Stabler, Stan Humphries, Chris Chandler, Tom Brady, Rich Gannon, Aaron Rodgers)

XIII – The NFC won 13 consecutive Super Bowls from 1984-1996.  (Super Bowls XIX – XXXI)

XIV – It took 14 years for a team to play a Super Bowl in its home market.  The Los Angeles Rams played the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Rose Bowl in Super Bowl XIV

XV – Bart Starr, Earl Morrall and Jeff Hostetler are the only quarterbacks to lead their teams to Super Bowl victories wearing #15.

XVI – From 1970 to 1979, the Steelers, Cowboys, Dolphins and Vikings combined to make 16 Super Bowl appearances

XVII – Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was paid $17 million morethis season than Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

XVIII – 18 of the 20 highest rated sporting events have been Super Bowls. The lone exceptions were the two women's figure skating events during the 1994 Winter Olympics.

XIX – 19 Super Bowl MVPS have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

XX – When the New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins in the 1985-86 AFC Championship Game, they spoiled what would have been the most highly-anticipated rematch in Super Bowl history.  The Dolphins were the only team to beat the 1985 Chicago Bears, who defeated New England 46-10 in Super Bowl XX

XXI –The lowest combined point total of any Super Bowl was 21.  The Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII.

XXII – The Wonder Years premiered on ABC immediately following Super Bowl XXII.

XXIII – The grounds crew in Miami mistakenly left the drying vacuums "on" overnight before Super Bowl XXIII, leading to the most treacherous grass conditions in Super Bowl history.

XXIV – Next year, it will take a full day (24 hours) to air the complete collection of all 48 NFL Films Super Bowl highlights packages. 

XXV – Many feel the greatest rendition of a Super Bowl national anthem was performed by Whitney Houston before Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, just days after the Persian Gulf war began.

XXVI – Through 47 Super Bowls, a quarterback has been named MVP 26 times.  Peyton Manning was MVP of Super Bowl XLI.

XXVII – Garth Brooks almost didn't sing the national anthem before Super Bowl XXVII. The NFL was left scrambling for a possible replacement and Jon Bon Jovi was on standby to sing if necessary.

XXVIII – 28 different men have worked as referees in Super Bowl Games.  No one refereed more Super Bowls than Jerry Markbreit (Super Bowls XVII, XXI, XXVI, XXIX).

XXIX – Steve Young set an Super Bowl record by throwing six touchdown passes in San Francisco's 49-26 win over San Diego in Super Bowl XXIX.

XXX – The cost of a 30-second commercial for this year's Super Bowl will is $4 million.

XXXI – Former Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXI after returning a kickoff for a touchdown against New England.

XXXII – Of the 32 current NFL teams, 28 have made a Super Bowl appearance.  Detroit, Cleveland, Jacksonville and Houston are the only four franchises with no Super Bowl appearances.

XXXIII - Every Super Bowl has featured at least one player who appeared in the annual "Big 33" High School All-Star Game between Pennsylvania and Ohio.

XXXIV – Walter Payton, who wore #34, did not score a touchdown in the Chicago Bears 46-10 win over New England in Super Bowl XX. William Perry did, though.

XXXV – Super Bowl XXXV was the "Lewis" show – Ray Lewis was named MVP, Jermaine Lewis returned a kickoff for a touchdown and Jamal Lewis rushed for a TD as the Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants 34-7.

XXXVI – At the age of 36, Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory when his Steelers beat Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII.

XXXVII – Jon Gruden led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a championship when Tampa beat his former team, the Oakland Raiders, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII.

XXXVIII – At the age of 38, John Elway was the oldest quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory when his Broncos beat Atlanta in Super Bowl XXXIII.

XXXIX – Terrell Owens played while still recovering from a broken leg as the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New England Patriots 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX.

XL – Seattle's last Super Bowl appearance was in Super Bowl XL, when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10.

XLI – Peyton Manning's only Super Bowl win came in Super Bowl XLI, when the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17.

XLII – David Tyree's famous catch in the New York Giants win over New England in Super Bowl XLII was the last catch he ever made in his NFL career.

XLIII – James Harrison set a Super Bowl record when he returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII.

XLIV – Peyton Manning threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown by Tracy Porter, sealing New Orleans 31-17 win over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV.

XLV – Former Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, former Eastern Michigan guard TJ Lang and former Central Michigan wide receiver Greg Jennings all won Super Bowl rings with the Green Bay Packers as they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV.

XLVI –For the second time in five years, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots for the world championship when they won Super Bowl XLVI 21-17.

XLVII –Ray Lewis set the record for most years between championships by one player when the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.

XLVIII – Each member of the Denver Broncos received $48,000 when they beat Atlanta in Super Bowl XXXII

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