18 Things Even Your Boyfriend Doesn’t Know About The Super Bowl.

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According to the NPD Group Market research, the top food consumed by Americans during Super Bowls in the years 2007-09 was vegetables.

As a Bay Area resident, Super Bowl 50 is the talk of the town, especially because we haven't hosted the event in 31 years! Uber drivers have been rambling on in intervals of excitement and dread, and everyone from the city to the suburbs is already reeling with how it will affect business and traffic. It's mostly good, they say. They see it as a reason to celebrate. But why?

The Super Bowl has evolved a great deal over the decades from a sports event to a nationwide experience. Although it is still very much about football, viewers also tune in for the highly anticipated halftime shows, commercials, or just for the experience of getting riled up in the comfort of your home or favorite bar.

So, whether you're rooting for the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos (or even if you're just here for the Doritos), we've got you covered with a variety of Super Bowl facts.


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Super Bowl XXXVII (2003) was originally meant to take place in a new stadium in San Francisco, but was moved to San Diego due to delayed construction.

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Many viewers anticipate the commercials, like this one with Mindy Kaling. It costs an average of $4.5 million for a 30-second commercial. Can you just imagine how much cash is flowing at the 60-second mark?

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With nearly 53 million viewers, the 1996 Friends episode 'The One After the Super Bowl' with guest star Brooke Shields was the most watched Super Bowl lead-out to date. Survivor made a close second.

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Jerry Rice, a former record-breaking wide receiver, credits his football skills to the work he did helping his brick mason father in hot Mississippi summers.

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According to the National Chicken Council, Americans consume about 1.25 billion Buffalo wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

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As quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Bart Starr was named MVP for the first two Super Bowls.

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At 23, Ben Roethlisberger earned the title as youngest starting quarterback to win the Super Bowl.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl championship wins of any team, six in total.

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Think Tiffany & Co is just for ladies in waiting? Think again. The company has produced the Super Bowl's Vince Lombardi Trophy every year since 1967.

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This is what the cheerleaders looked like at Super Bowl I...

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...and this is how they look today.

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The Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy, in which Justin Timberlake tore off Janet Jackson's bustier exposing her breast at the end of 'Rock Your Body', was met with sharp criticism. The NFL announced that MTV would not be involved in future halftime shows.

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In 1998, Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego made history when it became the only stadium to ever host both the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year.

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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has had six Super starts, four wins, and three MVPs under his belt. He also married supermodel Gisele Bündchen in 2006.

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The first lead-out program was an episode of Lassie on CBS.

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Michael Jackson's halftime performance set the stage for modern-day Super Bowl performances. In earlier years, the slot was reserved for marching bands.

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Now 52, retired NFL linebacker and defensive end Charles Haley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015 and remains the only player in Super Bowl history to have been part of five wins. Although he had been nominated before, he believes that he wasn't given the title earlier due to his unpopular behavior that stemmed from bipolar issues.

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