Super Bowl odds were first beaten by Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers as he engineered stunning blowout wins with the Super Bowl betting odds in the first two games of the series.
After Starr heroics, Joe Namath of the New York Jets led the first major upset in the history of the Super Bowl as they gave the American Football League its first win over the National Football League in a 16-7 payout against the Baltimore Colts, who were 18.5 point favorites.
The very next year Len Dawson of the Kansas City Chiefs sparked a 23-7 upset win over the Minnesota Vikings, who were favored by 13 points. It was sweet redemption for Dawson, who was the quarterback when the Chiefs lost the first Super Bowl to Starr and the Packers.
From that time on such greats as John Unitas, Bob Greise, Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw, Ken Stabler, Joe Montana, Phil Sims, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Brett Favre, Kurt Warner, Tom Brady, Eli and Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees have all tasted Super Bowl gambling game victory and glory.
In each case it was a reminder just how important quarterback is both as a position and as a commodity with the line. Most Super Bowl losers have had the weaker quarterback in the matchup.
When looking back at the history of the Super Bowl and at the most legendary quarterbacks of the game there are different styles that emerge among the best.
Starr, Dawson, Greise, and Montana were cool customers that were known for pin point accuracy. Bradshaw and Staubach were the first truly mobile quarterbacks that brought a different dimension to Super Bowl gambling.
Elway and Favre were like Namath in that they brought the rocket strong arm along with a gambler’s mentality to the game that made for extra excitement with the Super Bowl odds.
Montana engineered perhaps the greatest two minute drill in the history of the game when he led the San Francisco 49ers to a 20-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals by driving the length of the field and throwing a touchdown pass in the final seconds.