If baseball is to be considered America’s pastime, then football is its passion. With almost 100 million people across the country sitting in front of their televisions on February 3 for the 53rd Super Bowl, it is the most popular televised event of the year. Americans have essentially created a holiday out of the big game, with many attending or throwing viewing parties stocked with appetizers and beer and everyone rooting whole-heartedly for their favorite of the two teams. During the regular season, people create fantasy leagues to make them feel like a more active participant. The involvement and loyalty of the NFL fan base is unparalleled, but which fan bases are the best and what are their favorite team moments?
Different studies have yielded different results, but almost all have ranked fans of the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys somewhere in the top five fan bases in the NFL. Unfortunately for fans of the Packers, Broncos, and the Cowboys, the Patriots were the only of these four teams to make the playoffs for the 2018 season.
Patriot fans truly have a lot to love about their team. Since bringing on head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000, the team has acquired all 6 of their Super Bowl wins, tying them with the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins. Almost 16% of fans place acquiring Belichick as the top moment in team history followed by 14% who believe drafting Brady as the 199th draft pick was the best team moment.
Every team has their own fan-favorite moments and the NFL has quite a few memorable ones. Almost 36% of Saints fans, for example, fondly remember the team’s sold-out return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2006, which resulted in a win over Atlanta, as the team’s greatest moment. Another incredible moment of rising up out of hardship that fans remember is the Chiefs’ Eric Berry returning to play for the team in 2015 after winning his battle with cancer. Other favorite moments that fans consider the greatest in their team’s history have to do with iconic plays or accomplishments. The Minneapolis Miracle is Vikings fans most memorable moment and the Falcons’ favorite memory is making it to the 51st Super Bowl led by league MVP Matt Ryan.
Whether or not your team’s fanbase is considered the “best,” every team has incredible fans who remember the team’s greatest moments. Football is such an intrinsic part of American culture that even people who aren’t as passionate about the sport can pull up a memory of a moment or two from their favorite team’s history because everyone gets a sense of pride when the team they pull for does something worth remembering.