The cameras of both CBS and NBC were rolling at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and NFL Films was there to record the history.
Vince Lombardi, in short sleeves and a tie — this was LA, not Green Bay — gathered the Packers around him.
"I want you to be proud of your profession," he barked, in the Brooklyn staccato that is still mimicked. "It's a great profession. You be proud of this game and you can do a great deal for football today, a great deal for all the players and the league and everything else. Now, go out and play this ballgame like I know you can play it."
It was Jan. 15, 1967, and for many, the foundation of pro football was somehow...