"The First Lady of the NFL" Celebrates Her 50th Super Bowl on Sunday from The Mothership
She has been there from the beginning, and as she gets ready to attend her 50th Super Bowl this weekend, a feat that no other woman can say, she reflected on how the "Super Bowl" came to even have that name.
"It actually started in a toy store in Dallas," she explained. "I was just buying a bunch of gifts for the kids and when I was checking out, they had this display on the counter showing kids bouncing these ‘Super Balls.' The picture made you believe they could bounce these balls over a small house.
"I thought ‘Our kids will love these.' So I bought three of them. Our youngest son (Dan) had not been born yet, and so I got one for Clark, Sharon and Lamar Jr., and they really did enjoy them.
"I think Clark was so small that he actually just chewed on his."
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Berry gets emotional at times as he recounts his return to football after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. And it was a remarkable journey. Berry previously has told stories about, among other things, working out through his chemotherapy treatments, often to the point of exhaustion and usually to the point of tears.
The Chiefs safety later said winning the award brought things full circle for him.
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At one point, Kansas City safety Eric Berry's eyes well with tears. He paused before accepting The Associate Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
"Everybody, just live out your dreams. Don't let anything come in between," Berry said in an emotionally charged speech. "I'm truly honored, truly blessed, truly thankful to be standing here before you all. ... It was some tough times. It was some times where I felt like I couldn't do it anymore. ... There was a lot of rough times, a lot of rough nights, a lot of lonely nights."
And now, a rewarding night.
But before the father-daughter duo was given the opportunity to present the Comeback Player of the Year trophy to Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, the pair had a special message to fans in San Francisco and around the country.
"Throughout Leah's 22-month battle with cancer, we endured so many ups and downs," Devon explained in video posted by the NFL. "Together we learned a lot about what it takes to come back."
"Sometimes it takes all your hair," Leah said.
Never-before-seen video shows Hunt talking about coming up with the name for one of the world's biggest sporting events.
In 1998, Jim Russell shot video of Hunt for a show about entrepreneurs. Russell said the pilot he planned to create with the interview never became reality.
"It jarred into my memory with the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl," said Russell. "That's when I thought, "I've got some wonderful footage of Lamar Hunt."
This week, they celebrated Allen F. Reynolds, a member of the very first Super Bowl in 1966. Reynolds was born and raised in the Winchester area, graduated from Winchester Rural High School in 1956, and attended Tarkio College before beginning to play in the NFL.
In 1960 he played guard for the AFL Dallas Texans, wearing #60, where he played until 1962. From 1963-1967, he was a guard for the Kansas City Chiefs, again wearing #60. He had the special privilege of playing in the first Super Bowl, which was then called the World Championship Game, in 1966 against the Green Bay Packers.
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There were many Hall of Famers in the debut of the professional championship game for the Chiefs and Genn Bay Packers. The merger of the two leagues spawned what is now the biggest one day sporting event in all of sports - the Super Bowl.
But the merger was also about economics, Chiefs historian Bob Moore says.
Although Holub wasn't on the winning team in Super Bowl I against the Packers, he says the greatest memory of that day is getting to celebrate it with his teammates.
"When I first started playing I made some great friends," Holub said. "And they're friends that I still have to this day."
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Life photographers Art Rickerby and Bill Ray were among those covering the event, but due to space restrictions most of their photos never made it in the magazine. Thanks to Getty Images, they've re-emerged from the Life Picture Collection as a special look at this historic game.
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• Earned All-Ohio honors at Alliance High School in football and basketball
• Inducted into the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2002.
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has collected almost 27,000 items from the sport's history. Of those, 3,200 are linked to football's biggest game, the Super Bowl.
Most of the Super Bowl items are in the Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery, named for the late Kansas City Chiefs owner who named the championship game and whose family donated to create the exhibit.
Other items are tucked away in the archives, along with more than 5 million photographs and 30 million pages of documents, including tickets and programs from every Super Bowl.
The late Stram's son Dale Stram remembers the legacies left by the Texans in Dallas and the branches have sprouted over the last 50 years. After he and his brother Henry attended Christ The King school for elementary grades in North Dallas, Dale was on the field for the first Super Bowl with his dad and the Chiefs for the first Super Bowl against the Packers.
"I remember when (the Chiefs) beat Buffalo to get the AFL championship, we didn't go back home to Kansas City," Stram said. "I was with the team back at the hotel to watch the Packers and the Cowboys to see who we would play."
Among Stram's family mementos are original photos taken during the week of that first game, called the AFL-NFL World Championship and not yet the Super Bowl, with Vince Lombardi and Pete Rozelle and many key people in helping establish a red-letter tradition the event has developed into.
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There's no shortage of early candidates for comeback player of the year honors, given the number of big names who spent most or all of 2015 on the sideline with injuries. That list includes
Indianapolis Coltsquarterback Andrew Luck, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Pittsburgh Steelersrunning back Le'Veon Bell, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, Green Bay Packersreceiver Jordy Nelson, Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjaminand Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. A hard road back faces Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, who tore a patellar tendon in late November.
The Broncos might have won their fifth consecutive
AFC Westtitle, but they'll need to get better to remain at the top. The Broncos lost division games - at home - to the Kansas City Chiefsand Oakland Raiders, and both of those teams should be at least as good next season, if not better, and the San Diego Chargersseemingly can't get any worse. That puts a lot of pressure on the Broncos, especially as they face an uncertain future at quarterback. Winning the division with Manning has almost been a sure thing, but without him, and with a rising star in Derek Carrin Oakland, consistently steady Philip Riversin San Diego and the consummate game manager in Alex Smithin Kansas City, the Broncos could lose their grip on the AFC West.
Exclusive: Lampard fan and CR7 and former number 10, Cairo Santos reveals his bet on the Super Bowl from Goal.com [translated from the original Portuguese]
What is your excitement to close with the Chiefs and become the first Brazilian in NFL history?
It was amazing. Represent my country in the biggest sports franchise in the world is a matter of great honor for me, and I do it with the utmost dedication possible to record the name of our country in the history of the NFL.
It was hard in the beginning Chiefs? As this transition to the NFL?
It was difficult because the NFL is another world. Everything here is gigantic. Encountered difficulties in the beginning, I was questioned by many, but I turned over with great faith and a lot of training.