The NFL’s Super Bowl XIV was held at the Rose Bowl on January 20, 1980, between the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburg Steelers. Pittsburgh beat L.A. 31-19 for their second straight NFL Championship.
However, did you know the Rose Bowl was host to the greatest event in motorsports history? It took place five years later. Not on two legs and feet, but two wheels and knobby tires.
First, a confession, I once raced motocross professionally back in the day. Cool beans, right?
I even raced in the finals of the 1976 High School Motocross Championship at Anaheim Stadium. The winner of that race is the runner-up of an event that still reverberates in the annals of motor sports.
On August 17, 1985, four racers had a chance to win the Supercross series during the final race at the Rose Bowl. Eleven series events and a total 276 laps all came down to one last 12-lap race. The main event took place under the lights.
Jeff Ward defeated Broc Glover by a bike length winning the series championship by the slimmest margin in supercross history.
Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas