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Top NFL Fan Clubs: The Denver Broncos

It is difficult to leave more of a mark on a franchise than John Elway has left on the Denver Broncos. As a player, Elway was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. When he retired, Elway held the record for the most wins by a quarterback, having led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1998 and 1999. Elway now serves as the team’s general manager, another role in which he has found significant success.

After the signing of Peyton Manning, the Broncos returned to the Super Bowl in 2014 and again in 2016, defeating the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Although the team has struggled since, the roster remains well-stocked in terms of talent, led by established stars like edge rusher Von Miller, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The team also boasts exciting young players such as edge rusher Bradley Chubb, wide receiver Courtland Sutton and running back Phillip Lindsey. A return to the postseason looks to be in the near future for the Denver Broncos.

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Top NFL Fan Clubs: The San Francisco 49ers

When it comes to history, it’s hard to match the San Francisco 49ers. They are tied for second among all teams with 5 Super Bowl Wins. They dominated the league in the 80’s and 90’s, winning 5 Super Bowls in a 13 year span, including back to back wins in ‘88 and ‘89. Led by two of the greatest players of all time, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, the Niners were an unstoppable force.

Following a playoff drought in the early 2000’s, the team returned to prominence under Jim Harbaugh, a brief but impressive run highlighted by a trip to the Super Bowl in 2012. Though the team has struggled lately, the future is bright in Santa Clara. With young franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and emerging starts like tight end George Kittle, defensive end DeForest Buckner, and linebacker Fred Warner, a return to postseason glory seems imminent for the 49ers.

Members of The Niner Empire fan club. Photo courtesy of 49ers.com.

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Top NFL Fan Clubs: Seattle Seahawks

If loud enough, sound can be very harmful to human ears. Any sound above 85 decibels can cause permanent damage. Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field have been recorded at as loud as 137.6 decibels, twice setting the Guinness World Record for loudest stadium crowd. However, it is impossible to quantify the passion and intensity of Seahawks fans. They always produce an electric atmosphere, both in and out of the stadium, with their steadfast devotion to the team. With a string of playoff appearances in the last 20 years and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances including a victory over Peyton Manning and the Broncos, Seahawks fans have had plenty to cheer for. Though the team has struggled through some difficult recent seasons, Seahawks fans have never wavered, ready for the team’s return to postseason glory.

Members of the Germany chapter of the Sea Hawkers. Photo courtesy of seahawkers.org

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Top NFL Fan Clubs: The Miami Dolphins

Few franchises can match the prestige and history of the Miami Dolphins. Winning Super Bowls VII and VIII established the Dolphins as an NFL powerhouse from its outset. In 1972-1973, the Dolphins became the only team ever to complete a perfect season with a Super Bowl victory. Legendary names such as Don Shula and Dan Marino, both of whom are among the greatest ever in their respective roles, characterize this rich history. While the Dolphins haven’t appeared in a Super Bowl in over 30 years, their luck would appear to be turning around, with the team returning to the playoffs in 2016. Led by young head coach Adam Gase and emerging stars such as cornerback Xavien Howard, running back Kenyan Drake, and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, the future looks bright in Miami.  

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Top NFL Fan Clubs: The New England Patriots

The Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era has proven quite fruitful for New England Patriots fans. Since 2001, the team has missed the playoffs just twice, winning five Super Bowls in eight trips. With these levels of success, the team is often considered one of the greatest NFL dynasties of all time, with Brady and Belichick widely regarded as some of the best ever in their respective roles. While the success of the Patriots may draw to mind names such as Brady, Belichick, Gronkowski, Moss, Welker, Bruschi, and others, the driving force behind the popularity of the team has been a devoted fanbase, with some of the top fan clubs in the country.

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