Cherish witnessing the Green Bay Packers’ greatness while you can, because it won’t be the same watching NFL Films replays 20 years from now.
The most storied franchise in professional football history is in position to add yet another chapter of dominance to their history. With a 2012 Super Bowl victory, this Packers squad would be guaranteed a spot next to the greatest dynasties to ever grace the gridiron.
Every single league champion is remembered forever, but when a team wins back-to-back titles, it raises their legend to a whole other level. Only Vince Lombardi’s Packers, Don Shula’s Dolphins, Chuck Noll’s Steelers…twice, Bill Walsh’s 49ers, Jimmy Johnson’s Cowboys, Mike Shanahan’s Broncos and Bill Belichick’s Patriots have pulled off the feat. Get ready to put Mike McCarthy’s name into that category of coaches.
The names on that list are regarded as the Einsteins of the football world. McCarthy has only been a head coach for six years; he’s just 48 years old. His youth shouldn’t prevent him from being seen as a mastermind, though; it should intensify his label as a young genius.
Scan over the quarterbacks that led those teams to two-straight titles: Bart Starr, Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, John Elway and Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers’ name would not only be added instantly to that elite group of signal-callers, but to a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well.
Winning back-to-back titles means so much more than winning two titles in three years. Sure, the reward is the same—two rings—but being able to win a consecutive championship is far more difficult.
A reigning Super Bowl champion has a target on its back all season long. They are the heavyweight champs of the world, and every single opponent wants to take their belt. Rarely can that top dog endure 19 haymakers that are aiming to knock them out, but when they still are the team left standing after taking on the world, triumph is that much sweeter.
Two championships in a decade doesn’t impress dynasties who won three like the Steelers of the 70s, 49ers of the 80s, Cowboys of the 90s and Patriots of the 2000s, but with superstars like the 28-year-old Rodgers at 25-year-old Clay Matthews, two straight may not be enough to satisfy the Packers’ youthful hunger.
David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.