The NFL Didn’t Begin with Super Bowl I

Posted by  J.R. Augustine   in  ,      2 years ago     184 Views     18 Comments  

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Bart Starr with Five ChampionshipsThere has been a lot of talk about Tom Brady joining the ranks of Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as a four time Super Bowl champ. While I don’t have a problem with that notoriety, there is something about the whole thing that gets under my skin.

Let me first say that Brady’s fourth Super Bowl ring is an amazing feat. Not many too QBs even get there twice. If I were a Patriot fan, (thank goodness I’m not) I would be pumped about it. That’s a great accomplishment.

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However, the fact that Tom Brady is mentioned with Montana and Bradshaw and there is no mention of Bart Starr reveals a very sad truth about the current perception of the NFL.

Too many people are under the impression that the NFL began when the Super Bowl began, and that’s just not true.

If you’re impressed by Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, and Tom Brady each having four world championships under their belt, try to wrap your head around the fact that Bart Starr has a world championship ring for each finger of his throwing hand. Does that make him a better quarterback than the above mentioned QBs? We could certainly argue that point.

My point though is this; by the time the Super Bowl was two years old, Bart Starr already had five world championships and the Packers had already three-peated as champions… twice! Before there was a salary cap, a town of 37,000 was going toe to toe against teams from towns with millions of people and stomping them into the ground.

The birth of the NFL was NOT when the Super Bowl began folks… It was when the Packers began.


Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on

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