From the series Inside the World of Sports
Grade Range: 7th – 12th
Page Count: 80
Lexile Level: 1110L
The 1958 NFL Championship game is known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, and the nationally televised overtime thriller had the country buzzing about NFL football for the first time, launching the sport into the stratosphere. College football had been the version of choice when it came to football but after 1958, however, stars like Jim Brown and Joe Namath took advantage of the sport's newfound exposure to make watching NFL football appointment television every Sunday. Iconic franchises rose to prominence, like the Packers in the 1960s, the Steelers in the 1970s, the 49ers in the 1980s and the Cowboys in the 1990s. Today, NFL football is the most popular sport in America, and its signature championship, the Super Bowl, is the most watched event in the country, and one of the most watched in the world.
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