1) Packers– Founded in 1919.
9 league championships, 4 Super Bowls and 9 conference titles.
There is perhaps no city as intimately intertwined with its sports team as Green Bay is with the Packers. The Packers in large part built professional football to what it is today, and the ultimate hardware still bears their patron saint’s name.
Wins: 698 (2nd)
All-time Win %: .565 (4th)
Playoff Appearances: 30 (3rd)
Last Championship: 2010
Hall of Famers: 26
Defining Coach: Vince Lombardi
The Immortals: Bart Starr, Don Hutson, Reggie White, Brett Favre, Ray Nitschke, Paul Hornung, Forrest Gregg, Tony Canadeo, Henry Jordan, Aaron Rodgers.
2) Steelers– Founded in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates before switching to the Steelers in 1940.
6 Super Bowls and 8 conference titles.
The Steelers were relative late bloomers compared to their contemporaries, but once the Super Bowl era kicked off, the Steel Curtain soon descended upon the NFL. Owned by the Rooney family since their inception, they ruled the seventies and are now sneaking up on the Patriots for the team of the 21st Century.
Wins: 569 (4th)
All-time Win %: .523 (14th)
Playoff Appearances: 28 (tied for 5th)
Last Championship: 2008
Hall of Famers: 23
Defining Coach: Chuck Noll
The Immortals: Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Lambert, Franco Harris, Rod Woodson, Lynn Swann, Jack Ham.
3) Patriots-Founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots before expanding their base to all of New England in 1971.
5 Super Bowls and 9 conference titles.
A relative newcomer to the football landscape, the Brady/Belichick era has catapulted a once floundering franchise into perennial Super Bowl contenders and good for the third greatest pro football franchise of all time.
Wins: 438 (14th)
All-time Win %: .540 (9th)
Playoff appearances: 21 (16th)
Last Championship: 2017
Hall of Famers: 4
Defining Coach: Bill Belichick
The immortals: Tom Brady, John Hannah, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Haynes, Andre Tippet, Adam Vinatieri.
5 Super Bowls and 8 conference titles.
Few outside of Dallas would agree that the Cowboys still deserve to be called “America’s team.” But in truth, what could be more American than amassing wealth, and on that front, no one holds a candle to the Boys. Jim Jones has built the Cowboys into the most valuable franchise in America, and are second only to Manchester United worldwide. Though playoff wins are few and far between nowadays (and that’s an understatement), their ownership of the nineties alone puts them at a solid third place.
Wins: 464 (13th)
All-time Win %: .571 (2nd)
Playoff appearances: 31 (2nd)
Last Championship: 1995
Hall of Famers: 17
Defining Coach: Tom Landry
The Immortals: Bob Lilly, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Tony Dorsett, Deion Sanders
8 league championships, 1 Super Bowl, and 4 conference titles.
Wins: 730 (1st)
All-time Win %: .577 (1st)
Playoff Appearances: 25 (10th)
Last Championship: 1985
Hall of Famers: 31
Defining Coach: George Halas
The Immortals: Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka, Bronko Nagurski, Gale Sayers, Sid Luckman, Red Grange, Mike Singletary, Bill George.
5 Super Bowls and 6 conference titles.
Wins: 545 (6th)
All-time Win %: .558 (5th)
Playoff appearances: 26 (8th)
Last Championship: 1994
Hall of Famers: 16
Defining Coach: Bill Walsh
The Immortals: Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, Jimmy Johnson, Leo Nemellini, Roger Craig, Dave Wilcox, John Brodie, Patrick Willis.
4 league championships, 4 Super Bowls and 11 conference titles.
Wins: 661 (3rd)
All-time Win %: .547 (7th)
Playoff appearances: 31 (1st)
Last Championship: 2011
Hall of Famers: 27
Defining Coach: Bill Parcells
The Immortals: Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Emlen Tunnell, Phil Simms, Sam Huff.
8 league championships and 11 conference titles.
Though today’s Browns are more synonymous with torture and misery, it might be hard to imagine that at one time the North Coast ruled the football universe. Unfortunately, the Super Bowl era has not been kind to Cleveland.
Wins: 498 (11th)
All-time Win %: .535 (11th)
Playoff Appearances: 28 (4th)
Last Championship: 1964
Hall of Famers: 21
Defining Coach: Paul Brown
The Immortals: Jim Brown, Otto Graham, Paul Warfield, Lou Groza, Ozzie Newsome.
Wins: 565 (5th)
All-time Win %: .509 (16th)
Playoff Appearances: 23 (11th)
Last Championship: 1991
Hall of Famers: 23
Defining Coach: Joe Gibbs
The Immortals: Sammy Baugh, Joe Theismann, Darrell Green, Sonny Jurgensen.
1 league championship, 3 Super Bowls and 4 conference titles.
Wins: 434 (15th)
All-time Win %: .536 (10th)
Playoff appearances: 21 (tied for 14th)
Last Championship: 1983
Hall of Famers: 19
Defining Coach: Al Davis, John Madden
The immortals: Gene Upshaw, Jim Otto, Art Shell, Marcus Allen, Willie Brown, Ted Hendricks.Also in the conversation: Broncos, Dolphins, Colts, Rams, Ravens.
–The Cardinals currently possess the longest championship drought in pro football, dating back to 1947. They also have an appalling 716 losses to their credit, almost 100 more than the next most losing team: 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 Buccaneers are the only team with sub-.400 all time win percentage (.392).