We all know why the Tiffany-produced Super Bowl trophy is named after Vince Lombardi … he was the
head coach of the juggernaut that was the Green Bay Packers of the 1960.
His team not only won the first two Super Bowls, but they won three straight championships before Lombardi retired (for one year) from the coaching ranks.
What many people don’t know is the backstory of that first Super Bowl win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The late Max McGee gave all night owls a good name when he spent the night before that first game out carousing and drinking, thinking he would be riding the bench that day.
As his luck and eventual good fortune would have it, starting receiver Boyd Dowler went down in the first quarter with an injury that knocked him out for the remainder of the game. In came McGee, who later admitted he could barely stand, let alone play in a football game.
That didn’t matter. He burned the Chiefs for seven catches, 138 yards and two touchdowns – one of them the famous one-hander that still makes all the Super Bowl highlight reels. The Packers went on to a 35-10 shellacking of the Chiefs.