You might just be better off if you admit you weren't alive or even old enough to remember Super Bowl II, played 50 years ago today. I sadly cannot say the same.
The NFL had finally caved in a few years earlier and acknowledged the brash young AFL by agreeing to a "Super Bowl" championship game between each league's best team. At the end of the 1968 season, those teams were the old-school NFL Baltimore Colts, led by veteran quarterback Johnny Unitas and the clearly untested AFL New York Jets, who found themselves with a brash young quarterback out of Alabama named Joe Namath. Namath had been setting records for passing yards during his first 3 years with the Jets, but most considered him no match for the cool customer under fire that Unitas was known to be.
Of course, Joe became a legend by famously predicting the Jets would win Super Bowl III against the well-established and old-guard Baltimore team. The 16-7 win by the Jets is still considered by many (Jets fans in particular) as one of the greatest Super Bowl games ever. Here's a little taste of what Broadway Joe showed America that Sunday 50 years ago.