The 10 Winningest Franchises in Pro Football History
Submitted by podizz on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 09:38
- They call this one a scalper's dream. And with a matchup this juicy, its not hard to see why. Super Bowel XLV pits perhaps the two most storied and successful franchises in the history of the sport; the kings of yesteryear vs the rulers of the Super Bowl era. Its been fifteen years since two teams faced off with this many combined Super Bowl appearances, (Jimmy Johnson's Cowboys vs Bill Cowhers Steelers)
- Packers-Founded in 1919. 12 championships (9 of which were pre-Super Bowl) and 9 conference titles. There is no Green Bay without football, and perhaps no football as we currently know it without Green Bay. Boasting two of greatest coaches in professional sports history in Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi. They are the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team in the country. The immortals: Bart Starr, Don Hutson, Reggie White, Brett Favre, Ray Nitschke, Forrest Gregg.
- Steelers-Founded in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates before switching to the Steelers in 1940. (In 1943, due to players shortages as a result of World War II, they merged with the Philadelphia Eagles to become the Steagles. In '44, they merged with the Chicago Cardinals to become Card-Pitt, or the "Carpets") Owned by the Rooney family since their inception. Unlike the Packers, Browns, and Bears, the Steelers were relative late-bloomers. Terry Bradshaw and the Steel Curtain ruled the Seventies, and now the black and gold are living the dream in what now has to be called the Roethlisberger era. Most Super Bowl win6 championships and 8 conference titles. The immortals: Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Lambert, Rod Woodson, Mel Blount, Jack Ham.
- Cowboys-Founded in 1960. We might not all agree that the Cowboys still deserve to be called "America's team." But in truth, little is more American than amassing wealth, and on that front, no one holds a candle to the Boys, who are currently the most valuable franchise in the NFL. 5 championships and 10 conference titles. The immortals: Bob Lilly, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Tony Dorsett, Deion Sanders
- Bears-Founded in 1919 as the Decatur Staleys. Bests all other teams with both 704 total wins and a .579 win percentage.. Monsters of the Midway defensive minded 80s teams9 championships (though only one of which is within the Super Bowl era) and 4 conference titles. The immortals: Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka, Bronko Nagurski, Gale Sayers, Sid Luckman, Red Grange, Mike Singletary, Bill George.
- 49ers-Founded in 1946. 49ers refers to the gold rushers that flocked westward in 1849. The Niners are a a ridiculous 5-0 in Super Bowls, riding Montana, Rice, and Bill Walsh's game-altering "West Coast offense" to dominate the 80's. 5 Super Bowls and 5 conference championships. The immortals: Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young.
- Giants Founded in 1925 7 championships and 10 conference championships. Shares the record for playoff appearances with 30. The immortals: Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Emlen Tunnell, Phil Simms, Sam Huff,
- Browns-Founded in 1946. Though today's Browns are more synonimous with torture and misery now locked in a drought spanning more than half a century, it might be hard to imagine that at one time Cleveland ruled the football universe. 8 championships and 11 conference titles.The immortals: Jim Brown, Otto Graham, Paul Warfield, Lou Groza, Ozzie Newsome
- Redskins-Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves. However, because perhaps some saw the name Braves as being a bit disrespectful towards Native Americans, they changed their moniker to the Redskins a year later. They moved to Washington in 1937, where they've won 5 championships and 12 conference titles. The immortals: Sammy Baugh, Joe Theismann, Darrell Green, Sonny Jurgensen
- Raiders-Founded in 1960 as the Oakland Senores (chosen through a local newspapers name the team contest). However, that same year, ownership realized what a crappy name that was and went with the third place winner, the Raiders. In 1982, Al Davis fought the owners to move the team to LA. However, in 1995, Davis decided to move back to Oakland. Raider Nation owes it all to the two poster boys for senility in Al Davis and recovering Farve addict John Madden. 4 championships and 4 conference championships. The immortals: Gene Upshaw, Jim Otto, Art Shell, Marcus Allen, Willie Brown, Ted Hendricks
- Patriots-Founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots. Took current name in 1971. 3 Super Bowls and 6 conference championships.The immortals: Tom Brady, John Hannah, Mike Haynes, Andre Tippet, Adam Vinatieri.
- Also in the conversation: Dolphins, Colts, Rams
- Some less-than-flattering distinctions:
- The Cardinals currently possess the longest championship drought in pro football, dating back to 1947. They also have an appalling 697 losses to their credit, a staggering 98 more than the next most losing team in the Detroit Lions.
- The Vikings, Bengals, and Falcons are the only teams that have existed 40+ years and are still without a championship. In addition, the Eagles, Lions, Titans/Oilers, Chargers, Browns, Bills, Jets, and Chiefs have waited over 40 years since their last championship.
- The Texans are the only current team without a single playoff appearance. (In the defense, they have only existed since 2002.)
- The Buccaneers and Texans are the only two teams with sub-.400 all time win percentages.