There is a small debate going on the “steelers march to the Super Bowl” Thread that I though deserved it’s own friendly, discussiom. The question at hand is, which franchise can be considered the historically most successful. The main candidates are:
The Green Bay Packers: All time W/L/T 654-518-36 (.558), 4th overall
12 NFL Championships: 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1996 (Final three are Super Bowl Championships)
Pros: The numbers, more or less. No other team has more NFL Championships. Three Super Bowl victories (and one other appearance). Super Bowl trophy named after Vince Lombardi. Green Bay called Titletown.
Cons: Most Championships pre-Super Bowl era and are not as valued. Three other teams with superior overall won-loss. Titletown monicker means squat.
The Pittsburgh Steelers: All time W/L/T 529-495-20 (.517), 16th overall
6 NFL Champioships: 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 2006, 2009 all Super Bowls
Pros Most Super Bowl rings with six and one other appearance. 70s Steelers frequently considered possibly the greatest team of all time.
Cons: Average W-L. Bestknown for cutting Johnny Uunitas before the arrival of Chuck Noll.
Dallas Cowboys: All-time W/L/T 434-324-6 (.580), 1st overall
5 NFL Championships: 1972, 1977, 1993, 1994, 1996 all Super Bowls
Pros: Best overall W-L in league history. Second most Super Bowl victories and 8 total appearances is the most ever. Shortest time in the league of the three teams.
Cons: 2-1 versus the Steelers in the Super Bowl. Not as much history as the other two teams.
My personal conclusion (disclaimer: I am a Packer fan) PACKERS!