The history of American sports has seen the rise and fall of many quality teams. From improbable comebacks to deep playoff runs to threepeats, most teams, if they’re lucky, have had periods of good.
But the thing that makes a team franchise great is sustained success. Championships that are piled high, flocks of retired jerseys and a consistent ethic of greatness. Even if a team has its own version of the dark ages, banners, rings and pennants never go away.
To celebrate the great players, coaches and fans that make up these franchises, we’ve gone ahead and listed the seven greatest teams in the history of American sports. Click through to find out who was ranked No. 1.
6. The New England Patriots
If this year’s Super Bowl had played out differently, this list would have a different make up, but as is, the Pats come in at a comfortable seventh. And this austere placement is all due to two men: Tom Brady and Bill Bellicheck. Over the last 15-some years, the Pats have brought astonishing consistency, with five rings, three additional Super Bowl appearances and nary a year without being contenders.