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American Football might just be the most popular sports league in the history of American sports. Founded in 1920, American Football started with just 10 teams and has since grown to 32 teams after expansions and a notable merger with the AFL. 

There were at least three incarnations of the American Football League (AFL) and another known as the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), attempting to challenge the NFL for professional dominance throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, but none of them succeeded.

In addition to its games in 32 home stadiums across the United States. Today’s  American football is made up of two conferences, the American football Conference and the National Football Conference, better known as the AFC and the NFC.  

Each American football conference comprises 16 teams and four divisions: the East, West, North, and South divisions. 

Nowadays, American Football competition is the Major sport in the country with its main event the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is the annual final playoff game of the American Football League to determine the league and national champion.

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SB Date Site Winner Loser Score MVP
LVII Feb. 12, 2023 State Farm Stadium Super Bowl 57
LVI Feb. 13, 2022 SoFi Stadium Rams Bengals 23-20 Cooper Kupp
LV Feb. 7, 2021 Raymond James Stadium Buccaneers Chiefs 31-9 Tom Brady
LIV Feb. 2, 2020 Hard Rock Stadium Chiefs 49ers 31-20 Patrick Mahomes
LIII Feb. 3, 2019 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Patriots LA Rams 13-3 Julian Edelman
LII Feb. 4, 2018 US Bank Stadium Eagles Patriots 41-33 Nick Foles
LI Feb. 5, 2017 NRG Stadium Patriots Falcons 34-28 Tom Brady
50 Feb. 7, 2016 Levi’s Stadium Broncos Panthers 24-10 Von Miller
XLIX Feb. 1, 2015 Univ of Phoenix Stadium Patriots Seahawks 28-24 Tom Brady
XLVIII Feb. 2, 2014 MetLife Stadium Seahawks Broncos 43-8 Malcolm Smith
XLVII Feb. 3, 2013 Louisiana Superdome Ravens 49ers 34-31 Joe Flacco
XLVI Feb. 5, 2012 Lucas Oil Stadium Giants Patriots 21-17 Eli Manning
XLV Feb. 6, 2011 Cowboys Stadium Packers Steelers 31-25 Aaron Rodgers
XLIV Feb. 7, 2010 Dolphin Stadium Saints Indy Colts 31-17 Drew Brees
XLIII Feb. 1, 2009 Raymond James Stadium Steelers Cardinals 27-23 Santonio Holmes
XLII Feb. 3, 2008 Univ of Phoenix Stadium Giants Patriots 17-14 Eli Manning
XLI Feb. 4, 2007 Dolphin Stadium Indy Colts Bears 29-17 Peyton Manning
XL Feb. 5, 2006 Ford Field Steelers Seahawks 21-10 Hines Ward
XXXIX Feb. 6, 2005 Alltel Stadium Patriots Eagles 24-21 Deion Branch
XXXVIII Feb. 1, 2004 Reliant Stadium Patriots Panthers 32-29 Tom Brady
XXXVII Jan. 26, 2003 Qualcomm Stadium Buccaneers Raiders 48-21 Dexter Jackson
XXXVI Feb. 3, 2002 Louisiana Superdome Patriots STL Rams 20-17 Tom Brady
XXXV Jan. 28, 2001 Raymond James Stadium Ravens Giants 34-7 Ray Lewis
XXXIV Jan. 30, 2000 Georgia Dome STL Rams Titans 23-16 Kurt Warner
XXXIII Jan. 31, 1999 Pro Player Stadium Broncos Falcons 34-19 John Elway
XXXII Jan. 25, 1998 Qualcomm Stadium Broncos Packers 31-24 Terrell Davis
XXXI Jan. 26, 1997 Louisiana Superdome Packers Patriots 35-21 Desmond Howard
XXX Jan. 28, 1996 Sun Devil Stadium Cowboys Steelers 27-17 Larry Brown
XXIX Jan. 29, 1995 Joe Robbie Stadium 49ers SD Chargers 49-26 Steve Young
XXVIII Jan. 30, 1994 Georgia Dome Cowboys Bills 30-13 Emmitt Smith
XXVII Jan. 31, 1993 Rose Bowl Cowboys Bills 52-17 Troy Aikman
XXVI Jan. 26, 1992 Metrodome Washington Bills 37-24 Mark Rypien
XXV Jan. 27, 1991 Tampa Stadium Giants Bills 20-19 Ottis Anderson
XXIV Jan. 28, 1990 Louisiana Superdome 49ers Broncos 55-10 Joe Montana
XXIII Jan. 22, 1989 Joe Robbie Stadium 49ers Bengals 20-16 Jerry Rice
XXII Jan. 31, 1988 Jack Murphy Stadium Washington Broncos 42-10 Doug Williams
XXI Jan. 25, 1987 Rose Bowl Giants Broncos 39-20 Phil Simms
XX Jan. 26, 1986 Louisiana Superdome Bears Patriots 46-10 Richard Dent
XIX Jan. 20, 1985 Stanford Stadium 49ers Dolphins 38-16 Joe Montana
XVIII Jan. 22, 1984 Tampa Stadium LA Raiders Washington 38-9 Marcus Allen
XVII Jan. 30, 1983 Rose Bowl Washington Dolphins 27-17 John Riggins
XVI Jan. 24, 1982 Pontiac Silverdome 49ers Bengals 26-21 Joe Montana
XV Jan. 25, 1981 Louisiana Superdome Raiders Eagles 27-10 Jim Plunkett
XIV Jan. 20, 1980 Rose Bowl Steelers LA Rams 31-19 Terry Bradshaw
XIII Jan. 21, 1979 Orange Bowl Steelers Cowboys 35-31 Terry Bradshaw
XII Jan. 15, 1978 Superdome Cowboys Broncos 27-10 Randy White Harvey Martin
XI Jan. 9, 1977 Rose Bowl Raiders Vikings 32-14 Fred Biletnikoff
X Jan. 18, 1976 Orange Bowl Steelers Cowboys 21-17 Lynn Swann
IX Jan. 12, 1975 Tulane Stadium Steelers Vikings 16-6 Franco Harris
VIII Jan. 13, 1974 Rice Stadium Dolphins Vikings 24-7 Larry Csonka
VII Jan. 14, 1973 Memorial Coliseum Dolphins Washington 14-7 Jake Scott
VI Jan. 16, 1972 Tulane Stadium Cowboys Dolphins 24-3 Roger Staubach
V Jan. 17, 1971 Orange Bowl Balt. Colts Cowboys 16-13 Chuck Howley
IV Jan. 11, 1970 Tulane Stadium Chiefs Vikings 23-7 Len Dawson
III Jan. 12, 1969 Orange Bowl Jets Balt. Colts 16-7 Joe Namath
II Jan. 14, 1968 Orange Bowl Packers Raiders 33-14 Bart Starr
I Jan. 15, 1967 Memorial Coliseum Packers Chiefs 35-10 Bart Starr
Year Winner
2021 Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2020 Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2019 Lamar Jackson, Ravens
2018 Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
2017 Tom Brady, Patriots
2016 Matt Ryan, Falcons
2015 Cam Newton, Panthers
2014 Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2013 Peyton Manning, Broncos
2012 Adrian Peterson, Vikings
2011 Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2010 Tom Brady, Patriots
2009 Peyton Manning, Colts
2008 Peyton Manning, Colts
2007 Tom Brady, Patriots
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers
2005 Shaun Alexander, Seahawks
2004 Peyton Manning, Colts
2003 Peyton Manning, Colts and Steve McNair, Titans
2002 Rich Gannon, Raiders
2001 Kurt Warner, Rams
2000 Marshall Faulk, Rams
1999 Kurt Warner, Rams
1998 Terrell Davis, Broncos
1997 Brett Favre, Packers and Barry Sanders, Lions
1996 Brett Favre, Packers
1995 Brett Favre, Packers
1994 Steve Young, 49ers
1993 Emmitt Smith, Cowboys
1992 Steve Young, 49ers
1991 Thurman Thomas, Bills
1990 Joe Montana, 49ers
1989 Joe Montana, 49ers
1988 Boomer Esiason, Bengals
1987 John Elway, Broncos
1986 Lawrence Taylor, Giants
1985 Marcus Allen, Raiders
1984 Dan Marino, Dolphins
1983 Joe Theismann, Washington
1982 Mark Moseley, Washington
1981 Ken Anderson, Bengals
1980 Brian Sipe, Browns
1979 Earl Campbell, Oilers
1978 Terry Bradshaw, Steelers
1977 Walter Payton, Bears
1976 Bert Jones, Colts
1975 Fran Tarkenton, Vikings
1974 Ken Stabler, Raiders
1973 O.J. Simpson, Bills
1972 Larry Brown, Washington
1971 Alan Page, Vikings
1970 John Brodie, 49ers
1969 NFL: Roman Gabriel, Rams; AFL: Joe Namath, Jets
1968 NFL: Earl Morrall, Colts; AFL: Joe Namath, Jets
1967 NFL: Johnny Unitas, Colts; AFL: Daryle Lamonica, Raiders
1966 NFL: Bart Starr, Packers; AFL: Jim Nance, Patriots
1965 NFL: Jim Brown, Browns
1964 NFL: Y.A. Tittle, Giants
1963 NFL: Y.A. Tittle, Giants
1962 NFL: Jim Taylor, Packers
1961 NFL: Paul Hornung, Packers
1960 Norm Van Brocklin, Eagles
1959 Charley Conerly, Giants
1958 Jim Brown, Browns
1957 Jim Brown, Browns
ClassInductees
2022Tony Boselli, LeRoy Butler, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Bryant Young, Cliff Branch, Art McNally, Dick Vermeil
2021Alan Faneca, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Peyton Manning, Bill Nunn, Drew Pearson, Charles Woodson
2020Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Bill Cowher, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Jimmy Johnson, Troy Polamalu, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue and George Young
2019Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed, Johnny Robinson
2018Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher
2017Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner
2016Edward DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel
2015Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, Ron Wolf
2014Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams
2013Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, Warren Sapp
2012Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Willie Roaf
2011Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe
2010Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith
2009Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas, Ralph Wilson, Rod Woodson
2008Fred Dean, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett, Gary Zimmerman
2007Gene Hickerson, Michael Irvin, Bruce Matthews, Charlie Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Roger Wehrli
2006Troy Aikman, Harry Carson, John Madden, Warren Moon, Reggie White, Rayfield Wright
2005Benny Friedman, Dan Marino, Fritz Pollard, Steve Young
2004Bob (Boomer) Brown, Carl Eller, John Elway, Barry Sanders
2003Marcus Allen, Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton, Hank Stram
2002George Allen, Dave Casper, Dan Hampton, Jim Kelly, John Stallworth
2001Nick Buoniconti, Marv Levy, Mike Munchak, Jackie Slater, Lynn Swann, Ron Yary, Jack Youngblood
2000Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Dan Rooney, Dave Wilcox
1999Eric Dickerson, Tom Mack, Ozzie Newsome, Billy Shaw, Lawrence Taylor
1998Paul Krause, Tommy McDonald, Anthony Munoz, Mike Singletary, Dwight Stephenson
1997Mike Haynes, Wellington Mara, Don Shula, Mike Webster
1996Lou Creekmur, Dan Dierdorf, Joe Gibbs, Charlie Joiner, Mel Renfro
1995Jim Finks, Henry Jordan, Steve Largent, Lee Roy Selmon, Kellen Winslow
1994Tony Dorsett, Bud Grant, Jimmy Johnson, Leroy Kelly, Jackie Smith, Randy White
1993Dan Fouts, Larry Little, Chuck Noll, Walter Payton, Bill Walsh
1992Lem Barney, Al Davis, John Mackey, John Riggins
1991Earl Campbell, John Hannah, Stan Jones, Tex Schramm, Jan Stenerud
1990Junious (Buck) Buchanan, Bob Griese, Franco Harris, Ted Hendricks, Jack Lambert, Tom Landry, Bob St. Clair
1989Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Art Shell, Willie Wood
1988Fred Biletnikoff, Mike Ditka, Jack Ham, Alan Page
1987Larry Csonka, Len Dawson, Joe Greene, John Henry Johnson, Jim Langer, Don Maynard, Gene Upshaw
1986Paul Hornung, Ken Houston, Willie Lanier, Fran Tarkenton, Doak Walker
1985Frank Gatski, Joe Namath, Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, Roger Staubach
1984Willie Brown, Mike McCormack, Charley Taylor, Arnie Weinmeister
1983Bobby Bell, Sid Gillman, Sonny Jurgensen, Bobby Mitchell, Paul Warfield
1982Doug Atkins, Sam Huff, George Musso, Merlin Olsen
1981Morris (Red) Badgro, George Blanda, Willie Davis, Jim Ringo
1980Herb Adderley, David (Deacon) Jones, Bob Lilly, Jim Otto
1979Dick Butkus, Yale Lary, Ron Mix, Johnny Unitas
1978Lance Alworth, Weeb Ewbank, Alphonse (Tuffy) Leemans, Ray Nitschke, Larry Wilson
1977Frank Gifford, Forrest Gregg, Gale Sayers, Bart Starr, Bill Willis
1976Ray Flaherty, Len Ford, Jim Taylor
1975Roosevelt Brown, George Connor, Dante Lavelli, Lenny Moore
1974Tony Canadeo, Bill George, Lou Groza, Dick (Night Train) Lane
1973Raymond Berry, Jim Parker, Joe Schmidt
1972Lamar Hunt, Gino Marchetti, Ollie Matson, Clarence (Ace) Parker
1971Jim Brown, Bill Hewitt, Frank (Bruiser) Kinard, Vince Lombardi, Andy Robustelli, Y.A. Tittle, Norm Van Brocklin
1970Jack Christiansen, Tom Fears, Hugh McElhenny, Pete Pihos
1969Albert Glen (Turk) Edwards, Earlie (Greasy) Neale, Leo Nomellini, Joe Perry, Ernie Stautner
1968Cliff Battles, Art Donovan, Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, Wayne Millner, Marion Motley, Charley Trippi, Alex Wojciechowicz
1967Chuck Bednarik, Charles W. Bidwill, Sr., Paul Brown, Bobby Layne, Dan Reeves, Ken Strong, Joe Stydahar, Emlen Tunnell
1966Bill Dudley, Joe Guyon, Arnie Herber, Walt Kiesling, George McAfee, Steve Owen, Hugh (Shorty) Ray, Clyde (Bulldog) Turner
1965Guy Chamberlin, John (Paddy) Driscoll, Dan Fortmann, Otto Graham, Sid Luckman, Steve Van Buren, Bob Waterfield
1964Jimmy Conzelman, Ed Healey, Clarke Hinkle, William Roy (Link) Lyman, Mike Michalske, Art Rooney, George Trafton
1963Sammy Baugh, Bert Bell, Joe Carr, Earl (Dutch) Clark, Harold (Red) Grange, George Halas, Mel Hein, Wilbur (Pete) Henry, Robert (Cal) Hubbard, Don Hutson, Earl (Curly) Lambeau, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, John (Blood) McNally, Bronko Nagurski, Ernie Nevers, Jim Thorpe
Rank Player Passing Yards
1 Drew Brees 77,416
2 Tom Brady 74,571
3 Peyton Manning 71,940
4 Brett Favre 71,838
5 Dan Marino 61,361
Rank Player Rushing Yards
1 Drew Brees 77,416
2 Tom Brady 74,571
3 Peyton Manning 71,940
4 Brett Favre 71,838
5 Dan Marino 61,361
Rank Player REceptions
1 Jerry Rice 1,549
2 Larry Fitzgerald 1,378
3 Tony Gonzalez 1,325
4 Jason Witten 1,215
5 Marvin Harrison 1,102

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