Are Packers NFL's most likable team?
Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) rushes with the football during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field. Pittsburgh won 38-31. Image by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
A recent, unscientific survey by a staff of writers has come up with their own version of a list of most and least likable NFL franchises.
The Green Bay Packers aren't first, but they're really close.
"Being able to own a piece of the team would be cool. So too would the fact that the league’s championship trophy is named after the franchise’s former coach. Green Bay is the closest thing to a college atmosphere in the NFL," the Fox Sports article says.
What they wrote about Pittsburgh: "They win consistently, which is nice. But they don’t take shortcuts to success, as the Steelers don’t buy their championship rosters. There’s something honorable about rooting for a team that is loyal and has work ethic."
THe top five finished with the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. It's obvious the writers didn't care about championship pedigree in that sector of the rankings. None of them have won a title since 1969.
Here are the other rankings for particular teams of note:
7th: Dallas Cowboys
9th: Detroit Lions
14th: Minnesota Vikings
15th: Chicago Bears
28th: San Francisco 49ers
32nd and last: New England Patriots