Posts Tagged ‘Best NFL Franchises of All-Time’

 

The NFL was formed in 1920 and since that time there has been 92 league champions.  Six of those championships were won by teams that do now exist anymore.  Out of those 86 championships over half of those have been won by only six teams.  Some teams will have a great year and then tank the next, but the teams that are included in this list have stood the test of time and are considered the best NFL franchises of all time.  I know that people may not agree with the list below, but I am factoring in; championships, revenue, player ability, coaching ability, and front office ability.  These are presented in no particular order.

Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys have always been considered “Americas Team” and they are still a young franchise.  They have been around since 1960 and they have won 5 Super Bowls and have produced some outstanding players and coaches.  The Cowboys have had 30 playoff appearances and have won 21 Division Championships.  Tom Landry has been the most notable Cowboy coach and is considered one of the greatest coaches of all time.  In the 1990s, Jimmy Johnson led the Cowboys to 2 Super Bowl victories with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.  The Cowboys will always be a loved, and hated team in the NFL

San Francisco 49ers – Established in 1946 the Niners had a rocky start by only making the playoffs 4 times in 30 years.  After hiring Bill Walsh the 49ers started to become a dynasty.  In 49er history they have won 5 Super Bowls, had 25 playoff appearances, and 19 Divisional Championships.  The 49ers had Super Bowl wins in the 1980s and 1990s making them one of the most dominant teams in the NFL.  There have been numerous outstanding players play for San Fran; Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Joe Perry, Ronnie Lott, and Jimmy Johnson.  The Niners have had their share of poor seasons, but they always find a way to bounce back; just like they did in 2011 and 2012 where they just fell short of winning the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Founded in 1933 the Steelers have always had a power packed team.  They have had 6 Super Bowls victories, 27 playoff appearances, and 20 Divisional Championships.  The Steelers had a tough start only making one playoff game in 36 seasons, but since the 1970s they have remained as a solid contender every year.  The Steelers have had a lot of Hall of Famers with players and coaches; Terry Bradshaw, Chuck Noll, Franco Harris, Mean Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, and Lynn Swann.  No matter what happens to the Steelers they will always be a great team and a superior franchise.

New York Giants – The Giants are one of the oldest NFL teams, founded in 1925 and won their first championship in 1927.  The Giants have won 8 Championships, 4 of those are Super Bowls, 31 playoff appearances, and 16 Divisional Championships.  The Giants have had some amazing coaches and players as well, such as; Bill Parcells, Lawrence Taylor, Phill Sims, Frank Gifford, and Sam Huff.  The Giants took out the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl and took the world by storm by beating the Patriots again a few years later in another Super Bowl.  The Giants have had a stable organization for decades and it will continue to stay that way for years to come.

Chicago Bears – Founded in 1920 the Bears are one of the oldest franchises in history, and they have the most regular season wins then any other franchise.  The Bears have only won one Super Bowl but they have 9 total Championships.  George Halas coached the Bears for 40 years and is one of the most legendary coaches of all time.  The Bears also hold the record for most points scored in a game which is 73 against the Redskins.  The Bears also have 26 playoff appearances and 18 Divisional Championships.  Some of the greats to play for the Bears are; Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, Brian Piccolo, and Sid Luckman.  It has been a long time since the Bears have been to a championship game, but you can always count on the Bears being a great defensive team.

Green Bay Packers – Founded in 1919, the Packers have stood the test of time to be one of the greatest franchises ever.  Not only have they won 4 Super Bowls; they were a powerhouse pre-Super Bowls as well.  In total the Packers have won 13 Championships, 28 playoff appearances, and 15 Divisional Championships.  The Super Bowl Trophy was named after Packer legend Vince Lombardi and there are countless Hall of Fame players from Green Bay; such as, Herb Adderley, Don Hutson, Ray Nitschke, Reggie White, Jim Taylor, and Bart Starr.  The Packers remain a powerhouse to this day and they are always a scary team to play.

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