We all are passionate followers of football, aren’t we? Be it the Super Bowl championships or the Conference championships or the Divisions championships, we are all glued to our television sets.
So, what makes football click? Well, the answer can be found on the website dedicated to Walter Camp, the father of American football. The description reads [Q]The game of football typifies the American competitive spirit in its premium upon imagination, speed, strategy and daring, as well as upon sheer physical ability and durability[/Q].
There are at least a dozen teams sweating it out in the National Football League. So, which are the most popular teams in NFL?
San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco 49ers is a popular team in football. It is the first team from San Francisco to feature in major sports league. It is also one of the first teams from the West Coast to join the National Football League. It became a part of NFL in 1950. The team was owned by Tony and Victor Morabito and General Manager Lou Spadia. The team tasted its first success under new coach Frankie Albert in 1957. The team has won 5 Super Bowl titles, 5 five Conference Championships and 17 Division Championships. San Francisco 49ers has boasted class players like Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, quarterback Joe Montana John Brodie, T Len Rohde, HB Abe Woodson and LB Dave Wilcox
New England Patriots: New England Patriots was established by William Sullivan Jr. He was awarded with the final franchise in the American Football League. The team was initially christened as the Boston Patriots and was renamed as New England Patriots in 1971. The team is credited with being the first professional sports team in the world to have its own website. Though, New England Patriots were a successful team, their meteoric rise came during the mid and the late 90s when they got themselves qualified for the Super Bowl Championships thanks to a superb display in the AFC Championship. But the real turnaround came in 2000, when the management appointed Bill Belichick as the head coach. He single-handedly changed the fortune of the team and soon New England Patriots won three Super Bowls in a span of four years.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh Steelers is the fifth oldest franchise in National Football League. It was founded in 1933 by Arthur Joseph Rooney. Initially, it was known as Pittsburgh Pirates. It was renamed as Steelers in 1940. The change in name was undertaken to reflect the main heritage of the region i.e. steel production. Initially, the team failed to taste any major success and it just had 22 wins from the first seven seasons. It took 40 years for the Pittsburgh Steelers to win their first division title, which they won in 1972. The 70s was probably one of the most memorable decades for Pittsburgh Steelers. They were the first team to win four Super Bowls and are the only team to twice win it back-to-back. The team earned the moniker ‘Team of the Decade’ in 1970s due to their memorable performances, which culminated into six consecutive AFC Central crowns, eight straight years of playoff appearances and four Super Bowl championships.
These are some of the popular teams in American football.