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Aaron Rodgers brought the Lombardi Trophy home two years ago.
There is no team that has stood the test of time like the Green Bay Packers.
They were the greatest team in the pre-Super Bowl days, they have won four Super Bowls, and they have the team that is built to win more.
They were founded by Curly Lambeau in 1919. They entered the NFL in 1921, and Lambeau coached the team until 1949. Green Bay's historic stadium is named in his honor.
Lambeau's Packers won three consecutive championships from 1929-1931. They also won championships in 1936, 1939 and 1944.
Following some lean years after Lambeau's departure, the team hired Vince Lombardi as coach in 1959.
He took a team that had won one game in 1958 and went 7-5. His second year, they lost the NFL championship game to Philadelphia. It would be the only postseason loss of his career.
Over the next seven seasons, the Packers were the greatest dynasty the NFL has ever seen. The Packers won five championships, including the first two Super Bowls.
They also won three straight championships from 1965-1967. Only the Packers have done that, and they have done it twice.
Ten players of that dynasty are in the Hall of Fame. They are Herb Adderley, Willie Davis, Forrest Gregg, Paul Hornung, Henry Jordan, Ray Nitschke, Jim Ringo, Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and Willie Wood. Vince Lombardi is also in the Hall of Fame, and the Super Bowl trophy now bears his name.
The Packers fell on hard times after that dynasty, but things began to change in 1992.
That year, they hired Mike Holmgren as head coach and traded for quarterback Brett Favre. Favre holds every significant NFL career passing record. He led the team to a win in Super Bowl XXXI.
The Packers have been among the NFL's best since then. In 2005, to eventually replace Favre, they drafted quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers is now the premier NFL quarterback, and led the team to a win in Super Bowl XLV.
That win cemented the Packers' claim as the greatest NFL franchise of all time.