When Super Bowl week officially kicks off Monday morning, fans will be bombarded with every bit of Super Bowl minutiae imaginable. So let’s get a jump on that with perhaps the most trivial of observations regarding the game. And here it is:
The Steelers and Packers are the only current NFL teams named for modern-day workers.
That’s right… Super Bowl XLV is the Blue-Collar Super Bowl!
Seriously, there are a lot more people in the United States who can identify with steel workers and meat packers than, say, a dolphin. What’s that? You say 49er is a viable alternative? Well, sure, it is a blue-collar profession, but hardly modern-day. Tea Party members might argue that patriot is a modern-day profession. Sorry, but no. And I know there are still dangerous buccaneers and raiders on the high seas, but you rarely if ever hear about them off the coast of U.S. borders – so they’re out for the purposes of this silly exercise.
How did Green Bay’s team come to be known as the Packers? It was first sponsored by the Indian Packing Company, and later by the Acme Packing company (no, that was not the outfit that shipped bombs to Wile E. Coyote).
Pittsburgh’s NFL entry was born in 1933 as the Pirates. Owner Art Rooney Sr. changed it to Steelers in 1940 to be in line with the city’s booming steel industry.
More information than you needed to know? During Super Bowl week, that’s not possible.
FYI, here’s the page on Profootballhof.com that details the origins of all 32 NFL teams.