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September 2, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
BEST NFL RECORDS, PAST 10 YEARS
Over the past 10 years, five NFL teams – New England (124-36, .775), Indianapolis (111-49, .694), Pittsburgh (105-55, .656), San Diego (100-60, .625) and Green Bay (96-63-1, .603) – have posted a winning percentage of .600 or better. Those five clubs have combined for 37 playoff berths, nine Super Bowl appearances and five Super Bowl championships during that span.
Since being drafted by Pittsburgh in 2004, quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER and the Steelers have made three Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XL and XLIII.
“I think it’s a fair assessment to call him a winner,” says Pittsburgh head coach MIKE TOMLIN (right, with Roethlisberger) about Roethlisberger. “He’s been to the big dance and delivered. That’s what this profession is about.”
Under the guidance of head coach BILL BELICHICK, the Patriots (124-36, .775) have the best regular-season record over the past 10 years, qualifying for the postseason nine times and winning Super Bowl XXXIX.
“Coach Belichick is the best coach that I’ve ever competed against,” says Denver Broncos quarterback PEYTON MANNING. “I think it’s safe to say he’ll go down as the greatest NFL coach of all time.”
The teams with the best regular-season records over the past 10 seasons (2004-13):
HARRIS POLL: PRO FOOTBALL IS AMERICA’S FAVORITE SPORT BY FAR
America’s favorite sport? Once again, professional football claims the top spot.
For nearly three decades, according to The Harris Poll, the NFL has been the most popular sport in America.
In its most recent survey, Harris reveals that pro football is the favorite sport of more than one-third of people (35 percent). That is more than double the next favorite sport, with 14 percent of people claiming baseball as their favorite sport.
In addition, professional football has gained in popularity more than any other sport since 1985 with an 11 percent increase (from 24 to 35 percent).
The third favorite sport in the survey is college football at 11 percent, meaning that football is the favorite sport of nearly half of America’s sports fans (46 percent).
The five most popular sports according to The Harris Poll 2014 (released January 16, 2014):