Kansas City Chiefs co-owner Norma Hunt is called 'The First Lady of Football' and for the right reasons. Not only she played an essential role in coining the name SuperBowl, but she is also the only woman that has attended every one of the 53 SuperBowl.
Wife of Late Lamar Hunt
Norma Hunt's love story is no less than that of a Cinderella. In the early 1960s, then Norma Lynn Knobel was making her living as a history teacher at her alum Richardson High School and a hostess at Texans' promotional office. Never in her wildest dream, she thought that the son of one of the most wealthy people of her state would fell in love with her.
Lamar Hunt, son of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt, was blown away with the beauty of Norma and started pursuing her. Thankfully, he did not have to work hard to win her heart as they both loved football, and the romance between them developed organically.
After a short courtship, which involved watching many football games, the pair tied the knot. The wedding took place at her parents' home in Richardson, Dallas, on January 22, 1964. After the festivities, the newlyweds went to Austria Winter Olympics for honeymoon.
It may sound weird to have a honeymoon during the Olympics, but for Norma and her husband, nothing could top that. They both were sports fanatics, and a opportunity to attend a nice game was always joyful.
Throughout Norma and Lamar's marriage, they attended many Olympics, World Cups, tennis tournaments, and Super Bowls. Their streak of attending games only stopped on December 13, 2006, when Lamar Hunt died because of complications related to prostate cancer.
Parent to Four Children
Just a year after the wedding, in February 1965, Norma gave birth to her first child Clark Hunt. Their second child Daniel Hunt was born a decade later in 1976.
Norma is also step-mother to Lamar Hunt Jr. and Sharron Hunt Munson, who was born to her husband and his ex-wife Rose Mary Hunt. After the couple divorced in 1962, the kids remained with the mother.
All the children have grown up to be a sucessful business people. Also, they all are equal heir to their late father's fortunes.
Role of Norma Hunt in the Name SuperBowl
Many fans of the Super Bowl might not be aware that previously it was called AFL-NFL World Championship. Lamar Hunt, who was one of the founders of the championship, hated the name; thus, he came with the name Super-Bowl.
So, how a business mogul came up with a quirky name such as the Super Bowl? Well, it is all thanks to his wife, Norma Hunt. She bought a box of balls called Super Ball for her kids, Lamar Jr, Sharron, and Clark from Toy World in Dallas.
The children loved the balls and were always playing with the ball around the house. So, when Lamar was faced with coming up a name for the championship, he took inspiration for the toy balls and threw the name Super Bowl in the meeting.
The name was not popular with other members, and they continued using AFL-NFL Championship Game. However, when Lamar accidentally used Super Bowl during a interview, it soon became popular in the media. As it gained popularity in pop culture, then slowly, it became the official name for the tournament.
The Only Woman to have Attended Every Super Bowl
As mentioned above, Norma Hunt and her husband loved attending games. Since Super Bowl was basically started by her husband, thus they never missed the game. Together they went to every Super Bowl.
However, when Lamar fell sick and got the news that he might not last long, he made only one request. He asked his sons to make sure that his wife attends Super Bowl every year. He was such a big fan of stats; thus, he wanted his wife to continue the streak of watching every Super Bowls.
The 81-year-old has honored her late husband's wishes and has not missed a Super Bowl yet. This means she has been witness to many great games and the most significant pop-culture moment. She saw the games of great players such as Joe Greene and Joe Montana.
She also experienced great halftime performances, including that of Prince performing in driving rain. However, her favorite performance was that of Diana Ross in Super Bowl XXX.
Is A Member of One Of The Wealthiest Family In the USA
Norma Hunt's late husband, Lamar Hunt, created a business empire that, as of September 2019, is valued for more than $3 billion. The Hunt family is the owner of football team Kansas City Chiefs, which is valued at $2.3 billion by Forbes in September 2019. There is no doubt the value will rise in 2020 as the team won Super Bowl LIV against San Francisco 49ers.
Also, the family is the owner of FC Dallas, a Major League Soccer team. Its value is reported to be nearly $200 million. Furthermore, it also has a chunk of shares in the Chicago Bulls, which is the NBA's fourth most valuable franchise.
Norma owns some shares in each of these business ventures. It is reported she owns 2 percent of the Chiefs, whereas the four children of Lamar Hunt each own about 24.5 percent.
Owner of the Wine Company
Norma developed a passion for viniculture after visiting Tuscany, Italy. Thus she and her late husband bought a vineyard in Napa Valley, California, in 2000. By 2002 they started selling wines called Perfect Season Cabernet Sauvignon.
In June 2019, Hunt listed the property for sale for $20 million. Alongside the vineyard, the land features a home with three-bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a wine cellar, and a four-car garage.
Sadly, The Chief's matriarch could not find any buyer at that time, so they removed the property from listing. However, in January 2020, the land is back in the market for $15 million.
Norma, though, is selling the vineyard; however, she has no intention to stop making wine. She will continue to sell wine through her brand, A Perfect Season.