League honors 16 who attended every Super Bowl

Fri Feb 5, 2016 8:32pm EST
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By Larry Fine

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An ironman contingent of fans, photographers and sports writers were honored by the NFL on Friday ahead of Super Bowl 50 as members of an exclusive club - people who have attended every one of the title games.

From its humble beginnings in 1967 under the unwieldy label of NFL-AFL World Championship in Los Angeles, to its status as a quasi U.S. national holiday and money-making machine, these 16 have gone to 15 different locales over five decades of football.

Eight fans from around the country, three photographers, including famed Sports Illustrated snapper Walter Iooss, Jr. and reporters Jerry Izenberg, Jerry Green and Dave Klein were honored along with Norma Hunt, wife of late Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, and groundskeeper George Toma.

They have all been to Miami and New Orleans 10 times apiece for the games and Los Angeles seven times. They have also seen chillier times in Detroit, Minneapolis and Indianapolis over the past half century.

Harvey Rothenberg was at the Media Center on Friday with his four cronies that comprise the "Super Bowl 5" gang, replete with varsity jackets adorned with their logo and a football helmet pictured on the back.

"Around Super Bowl III, we got our first blazers as the Super Bowl 5 and decided to try and keep the tradition going," Rothenberg told Reuters after receiving a plaque given to each member of the longevity club by Hall of Fame linebacker Dave Robinson, who played in the first Super Bowl for the Packers.

Real estate developer Rothenberg and his buddies had gone to the Doral Country Club in Miami to golf in the week ahead of that New York Jets-Baltimore Colts clash and used a hotel shuttle bus to the game, sharing the ride with the likes of Sargent Shriver and Arthur Ashe, the tennis pro at the resort.

"That's when we decided to do it every year. 'Let's do it!' he said. "Who knew it was going to last all these years."   Continued...