February 06, 2011

As we look back at some of the best commericals from the 2011 Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, here are some interesting facts from earlier Super Bowl commericals:

1973: The first famous Super Bowl commercial was for Noxzema featuring legendary New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath.

1980: A spot for Coca-Cola featuring Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro defensive lineman "Mean Joe" Greene, who is offered a Coca-Cola by a young fan and tosses the kid his game-worn jersey as repayment. However, it is technically not viewed as a Super Bowl ad since it actually debuted on October 1, 1979, not during the day of the game.

1993: In perhaps his most famous ad, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird play a game of HORSE for a McDonald's Big Mac and fries. The game is made more interesting due to the increasingly complex set of obstacles set for both players.

2000: Year of the dot com commercials

2010: In an ad for Snickers candy bars, a man with little energy is said to be "playing football like Betty White," with the 88-year-old actress in scene, supposedly as the man, being tackled for comedic effect.

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