The NFL Personality Guide

Stephen AnglissAnalyst IAugust 13, 2008

Everyone has their team. It doesn't matter if you like football or not, you have "a team." Someone's team isn't merely a hobby or a preference, it's a part of you; it represents who you are.

Whether it's the Lions, 49ers, or Vikings, whom you root for will show through your life.

As a matter of fact, the team that you root for could easily reflect the type of person you are. Here are some of the most obvious examples.


Green Bay Packers

If you are a Packer, or "cheesehead" as you like to be called, then there's a good chance that you live or have ties to Wisconsin. People in Wisconsin have nothing else to take pride in, and what few things they do have, like cows and cheese, they involve into their football, which is their proudest possession.

Packer fans usually tend to be old-fashioned and sentimental, which isn't a bad thing, but very easy to notice. Packer fans love to watch their simple country-boy Brett Favre lead the Packers, as if he was foolin' around in the backyard. Packer fans find things like that very appealing which might be why they have been so attached to Favre.


New England Patriots

Being a New England fan doesn't necessarily mean that you live in New England. You could possibly be a bandwagon jumper or someone who loves to win. It's very easy to root for New England because the biggest heartache you might feel in a season is that you only won 18 strait games instead of the full 19. There's a very good chance that you don't like football at all, and you simply want to pick a sure winner to root for.

But I'm being completely unfair to the true diehard Patriot fans, and before they hunt me down to kill me, let me say that it takes a very special person to be a Patriots fan. If you are a New England Patriot fan, born and raised, you probably hate all things involving New York, including its teams, its pizza, and its people.

You probably hate anybody by the name of "Peyton" or "Tony", and maybe even "Bledsoe", depending on how old you old. You also find winning to be the norm and touchdowns to be as common as cheerios in the morning. You also are becoming very sick of hearing everybody's hate for your team just because they're good.


Detroit Lions

If you are a member of Lions Nation, then you might as well turn off this page right now, because what you're about to hear, you've heard for your entire life. It just isn't easy to be a Lions fan, and it is probably guaranteed that you live or have ties to Detroit because if you didn't, you would have no reason to like them. They stink.

It seems like every year it's the same story: a rebuilding season with better hope for next year. The only difference between Lion fans and other unsuccessful teams is that they have mostly completely given up on their team. Most have moved their loyalties to other Michigan teams, which are all successful, and if you are still a hardcore Lions fan, I salute you. You deserve respect...and a big box of tissues.


Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins are a team full of legends, nicknames, songs, and icons. If it weren't for that NFL logo on the side of the jersey, most would mistake the Redskins to be a college team. People who are fans of the 'Skins are extremely sentimental, very theatrical, and have a very "ra-ra" type of personality.

If there was to be a movie made on any team in the NFL, it would be the Redskins. If you are a fan of the Redskins, you are probably very emotional. You hate the Cowboys, love Joe Gibbs, possibly hate Dan Snyder, or you might love him.

If you are a Redskins fan, you love to celebrate for every little accomplishment and always thinks that tomorrow will be better than today.

You have very big expectations because you always think that you are better than what people say you are. If you are a Redskins fan, I do not advise that you interact with anyone involving the Dallas Cowboys, or any other team that has beaten you for that matter.

And remember, next year is the year that you go all the way, or the year after that.


Dallas Cowboys

If you call yourself a Dallas Cowboy, you most likely are someone who loves to win, and win a say love, I mean you worship winning. You like the biggest and the best. You think that you are better than everyone else, and that they're just jealous. You think the Redskins are a bunch of whiny hopefuls that will never amount to anything.

Other people might consider you to be arrogant or a loudmouth, but like before, they're just jealous. You might be constantly known for talking the talk, but not walking the walk. You may never be counted on to get the job done. It is possible that you have a great love for Texas and its big, wild, open spaces, much resembling Terrell Owens mouth.


These few teams are just the most obvious personalities to observe. All teams have their own traits. For instance, if you are a Steeler fan, you most likely have been raised in a family of Steeler fans that encourage you to continue the family business by wearing the yellow and black.

However, if you are a fan of a certain team, it doesn't necessarily mean that you resemble the stereotype personality of your team, but there's a good chance of it. Everybody is different, and that's why there are 32 teams in the NFL.

If you are a fan of college football, however, that is a whole different story.