He’s actually right about this, but it’s not the only team one could make this argument for.
Like the NHL’s “original six” franchises, the NFL has tentpole franchises that define the league, and stand for nothing but greatness. Pride in the organization, multiple championships, high representation in Canton, and franchise continuity (ownership, never relocated, jerseys never change), and never playing in a pussy-ass dome. These are the “old guard”, and all deserve the utmost respect.
The Old Guard:
Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
One cannot help but respect these franchises, though the Bears have certainly had a bad run of luck these past couple decades. I would reccomend any one of these franchises to hitch your wagon to. If you dislike the thought of being a bandwagon-jumper, the Giants have been crappy recently but are looking to make some advances in the next couple seasons.
Opposite of the Old Guard are the Young Upstarts, which are the newer franchises that have popped up recently. Many of them are quite good.
The Young Upstarts:
Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans
These teams are fun to root for, but really it would have been best to start with them the year they were formed. It is remarkable that most them have already made it to the Superbowl.
My personal, most hated group is the bandwagon teams. These are the teams that lured in a bunch of fans during a run of success in the unbalanced pre-parity era.
The Bandwagons Teams:
Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers
Unfortunately, there are quite a few Scrub Franchises, which can’t seem to develop a winning mindset no matter what they do. You have already experienced this, and I imagine you don’t want more of the same, so avoid this group.
Arizona Cardinals, Cinncinnatti Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks
I would recommend any of the Old Guard franchises; you simply can’t go wrong with a rich team history and a proven winner. Consider that the Cleveland Browns have never made it to the Superbowl despite 35 years of opportunity, or that the Lions haven’t won a playoff game since 1947. These are not the kind of teams to hitch your wagon to. Look for an up-and-comer with some sort of promise, ideally who has already won a Superbowl at some point. Avoid greedy owners like the plague, as they poison the integrity of the franchise. (So the Cowboys and Redskins are right out.) I’d say pick a team from the following list:
Kansas City Chiefs
New York Giants
New York Jets
If you like any of the owners/coaches/players on one of them, go with that. If you don’t know anyone, go with your favorite color.
It was mentioned that you should find out what games you’ll get to see. Other than the Florida teams, you’ll get to see the same games as the rest of the country. Nationally televised games are chosen based on the previous season’s performance, so you’ll likely get some Steelers, Broncos, and Jets games. Of course, the media is falling all over themselves praising Michael Vick, so we all get 5 Falcons games this year. I’d advise you target a team that starts a QB, though, as opposed to a glorified running back.