20 teams have won at least one Super Bowl. But in my almost totally subjective opinion, which franchises have performed the best? With apologies to the Packers and Cowboys (who had much success in the NFL), I’m looking in a few different directions.
Before mentioning my top 3 teams, I must give Honorable Mention to the 1985 Chicago bears. Their record was 15 – 1 in the regular season. Often, their offense consisted of handing the ball to Walter Payton (see above), the finest all-round running back ever, and, occasionally, a Jim McMahon pass to an ex-Olympic track star turned flanker. But their defense (ranked first in the NFL with fewest points allowed) dominated teams. In three ’85 playoff games (including the Super Bowl), they won games by scores 21 – 0, 24 – 0, and against the pre-Brady/ Belichick New England Patriots, they dominated in a 46 – 10 triumph. In their 3 wins, they outscored their opponents 91 – 10. Their defense had 4 All-Pros: Richard Dent, Steve McMichael, Mike Singletary, and Otis Wilson. I never saw a defense so overwhelming.
My choice for the third best team in Super Bowl history is the San Francisco 49ers. They won 5 of their 6 Super Bowl appearances. Coach Bill Walsh created their offense and Joe Montana and Jerry Rice (see above) starred in it.
My second best team is the New England Patriots (see Belichick and Brady above). They have played in a record 10 Super Bowls –winning and losing 5 of each. A loss this year would give them a record-setting 6thdefeat. But a win would give them a record-tying 6thvictory.
My first choice is the Pittsburg Steelers. They have a Super Bowl record of 6 – 2. Coached by Chuck Noll, they won 4 Super Bowls in the 1970s –twice winning back-to-back Championships. They won 2 more Bowls under 2 other coaches. No other team has been so successful. Their stars included (remember these names): “Mean” Joe Greene (see above)(whether wearing his dirty game jersey or trading it with a young fan for a Coke) who led a defense with 3 other All-Pros: Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, and Mel Blount. On offense, their stars included: Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Mike Webster, Franco Harris, and Terry Bradshaw. They were an incredibly football force.
Your choices may differ from mine, but either way, we’ve seen some fantastic football.