Interested in rooting for one of the NFL’s 32 teams — but don’t know where to start? Adam Rank has you covered with this series, which will present a handy guide to becoming an instantly rabid fan of each organization in the league. Below, find out why you should root for the Green Bay Packers.
What you need to know so you don’t sound stupid
The Super Bowl trophy is named after legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Which is fitting because the Packers have the most league championships in the NFL with 13 (Lombardi was responsible for five). They have four Super Bowls, including the first two under Lombardi, but 13 titles in total when you include earlier NFL championships.
I know a lot of hipster Steelers fans (*cough* Matt Franciscovich *cough*) like to hang their hat on the six Super Bowls the team has won and that the Packers‘ non-Super Bowl titles shouldn’t count. But you were part of the NFL back then, Steelers fan. So get over it. And trust me. I was born in Schaumburg, Illinois, and a Bears fan so this gives me absolutely not pleasure to say this, but Green Bay is the leader of the (wait for it) Pack.
Don’t make me say it again.
The Brett Favre trade
The Packers won Super Bowl II and then not a lot of great things happened for them — two playoff appearances between 1968 and 1992. But the great Ron Wolf pulled off one of the greatest coups of all time when the plucked Brett Favre off the Falcons roster and well, the rest was history.
It came as a great risk, too. Favre was a hard-partying quarterback who could have become a cautionary tale like Ryan Leaf…
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