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Chiefs fan remembers time as cheerleader at first Super Bowl

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Posted at 5:59 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 08:55:37-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Days from Super Bowl LIV, longtime Chiefs fan Mike Nauman shared his memories of the very first Super Bowl. He got to cheer for the Chiefs at that very game in 1967.

“It was pretty exciting because we didn’t think we were gonna get to go,” He said.

Nauman said he cheered for three seasons with the Chiefs in the 1960s.

He showed us his patches, programs, newspaper articles, and even the sweater he wore on the sidelines with a big red “C” sewn on the front.

“Its a little snug right now,” he laughed.

Nauman said that as Chiefs Cheerleaders, they attended everything from pep rallies to rodeos. He loved the “electric” energy of the game day crowds at Municipal Stadium. He also remembers getting to be face to face with so many famous names in Chiefs history.

“Lamar Hunt was a great guy and he was real interested, and Hank Stram the coach,” he said.

Nauman still has a program from the very first Super Bowl between the Chiefs and Packers in January 1967.

Inside, you see pictures of the players and even a message from then-commissioner Pete Rozelle about that “world championship game” that reads, “On behalf of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the other 23 clubs now in major professional football, I would like to pledge that we all will make every effort to surpass this historic sports event in the seasons to come.”

Now, more than fifty Super Bowls later, Nauman has a lifetime of memories for a game and a team that have since become more than household names in America.

“In retrospect, its kind of cool to have thought you were there at the genesis of something that’s taken a bigger than life significance now with the Chiefs," he said. "They're huge!"