Max McGee Turned In One of Super Bowl's Greatest Performance While Hungover

Published on July 4th, 2024 11:57 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

Hero of Superbowl I.  Green Bay Packers - Max McGee. Max McGee was drunk the night before the Super Bowl, but he didn't care.

While Max McGee was a member of the Green Bay Packers (who were playing in the Super Bowl), he didn't expect to see any action in the big game.

After all, McGee was 34 years old, on the decline and had only caught four passes during the regular season. He wasn't a starter, so he acted like he wouldn't play in the game.


McGee and teammate Paul Homung spent the night before the Super Bowl on the town with a couple of flight attendants.

The drinks were flowing, and McGee and Homung were drunk as skunks.

Again - who cares? McGee wasn't expecting to play. He could just sit on the bench while nursing his hangover.

After practically crawling back to his hotel room at 6 am, McGee implored starting receiver Boyd Dowler not to get hurt. McGee had a splitting headache and was on little sleep - he would have a tough time playing in the game.


McGee was so sure that he wouldn't play that he didn't even bring his helmet to the game.

Well, you can probably figure out what happened.

On the Packers' second drive of the game, Boyd Dowler separated his shoulder and McGee was called into action.

McGee borrowed a helmet and stepped out onto the field.


A few moments later, McGee was making a one-handed grab and scampering to the endzone for the first ever touchdown in Super Bowl history.

Even with a hangover - McGee had made history.

McGee didn't stop there - over the remainder of the game, he would catch another 7 catches for 101 yards.

In total, McGee would finish the day with two touchdowns and 138 receiving yards.


The year was 1967 and The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first-ever World Championship Game between the NFL and AFL, which became known as Superbowl I.

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