The National Football League has an unlikely beginning, that of an auto showroom in Canton, Ohio. That day, on September 17, 1920, a number of loosely organized football teams decided to give the sport its first true league, eliminating much of the poaching of players and the politics that had kept this game from reaching its potential. Then called the American Professional Football Conference, it consisted of 14 teams. Now, the conference has become the NFL and the roster has increased to 32 clubs.
Not only has the league increased its number of teams and its rosters, but NFL have become perhaps the most popular in professional sports. The teams meet once a week to play Thursday night, Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening, or Monday night for 17 weeks a year during the regular season. After this, the 12-most worthy teams taken from eight divisions play in the postseason. Each team hopes to represent their conference (the AFC or the NFC) in the grandest championship in sports, the Super Bowl.
Of course, the Super Bowl has not always been around. In the pre-Super Bowl era, the NFL was a running league through and through. Yes, some teams did throw the ball, but the running backs were the most important players on the field. The most dominant club was the Green Bay Packers, with the rival Chicago Bears coming up second in terms of championships.
The big game developed to pit the winner of the fledgling and rival AFL against the champion of the more established NFL. It so happened that this game also followed the decision to merge the leagues.
In the Super Bowl era NFL, the Packers have continued to be a standout football team, though the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and San Francisco Giants have more wins and appearances. Also, the game of football has changed. It is more complex now and continues to become more complex with each passing year, with each coach looking for a new way to shock the league and win a Super Bowl before the rest of the National Football League adopts their winning strategy.