Super Bowl betting has had a long list of quarterbacking heroes and those from the 1960’s were a main factor with the Super Bowl odds. Perhaps in no time ever in Super Bowl betting history were quarterbacks more important in figuring the outcome of games with the Super Bowl odds than in the first four Super Bowl gambling matchups from the 1966-69 seasons.
Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers proved to be the ultimate Super Bowl betting win machine as he flawlessly led Green Bay to blowout wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowl betting matchups.
Starr’s cool under the pressure and Super Bowl betting scrutiny was inspirational and remembered with reverence to this day. An entirely different kind of quarterback emerged in Super Bowl III, however, as Joe Namath of the New York Jets forever changed what Super Bowl betting was all about.
Namath’s Jets were 18-point dogs against The Baltimore Colts and were given no chance by the so-called Super Bowl betting experts. Namath, unlike the cool and professional Starr, was brash and cocky and gave a personal guarantee that the Jets would score the upset as he relaxed pool side in a lounge chair in his swim suit and sun glasses.
Namath delivered as the Jets scored the most famous Super Bowl betting upset of all time in defeating the Colts 16-7. Not only did Namath demonstrate the danger of overlooking a Super Bowl team but he also began the era of Super hype that lives to this day.
The following year Kansas City’s Len Dawson showed why his nickname was “Lenny the Cool” as he led the Chiefs to a 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings as 13-point dogs. Dawson’s demeanor was more like Starr’s but his overcoming huge odds was as inspirational as Namath.
Starr, Namath and Dawson set the standard to which quarterbacks of this very day aspire to reach.