10 Players With Most NFL Championships

Which NFL player has received the most NFL Championship? Surely, we must all know the answer to this question. Tom Brady is the NFL player with the most NFL championships in the history of the league.

If you’re confused between the NFL championship and Super Bowl, then well, they are technically the same thing.

The NFL championships ran from 1920 to 1969, whereas the Super Bowl ran from 1966 to the present.

Between 1965 to 1969, the NFL Championship and Super Bowl were held together for just two years.

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Tom Brady making history by winning his seventh Super Bowl. (Source: patspulpit.com)

Therefore, to prevent double-counting, NFL championships are only counted till 1965, and Super Bowl is counted from 1966.

The 1966 and 1967 NFL championships are not counted to make it a fair game in a much simpler form.

Hence, without further due, let’s jump right into knowing the name of the player with the most NFL championships.

10 Players With Most NFL Championships

Players with most NFL championships mentioned below are assembled based on pre and post-Super Bowl era. Most of them are put together in reference to Nfl.com, Sportingnews.com, and pro-football-reference.com.

Further, before we begin with the details about the most NFL championships list, let us quickly view the names present.

Players NameChampionPosition
10. Willie WoodFiveSaftey
9. Willie DavisFiveDefensive End
8. Henry JordanFiveDefensive Tackle
7. Ray NitschkeFiveMiddle Linebacker
6. Jerry KramerFiveOffensive Lineman
5. Brat StarrFiveQuarterback
4. Herb AdderleySixCorner Back
3. Forrest GreggSixOffensive Tackle
2. Fuzzy ThurstonSixOffensive Guard
1. Tom BradySevenQuarterback

10. Willie Wood

Willie Wood is an eight-time Pro Bowler who played in the league from 1960 to 1971 with the Green Bay Packers.

He belonged to the period where both the NFL championship and Super Bowl were held, he is a five-time NFL and two-time Super Bowl champion.

From 1960 to 1969 Green Bay Packers were the most dominant team in the league. Thus, they won the NFL championship in 1961, 1962, 1965, and 1966-1967.

After the league introduced Super Bowl, the Packers went on to win the Super Bowl I and II.

Since the Super Bowl was held in 1966, the 1966 and 1967 NFL Championship are not counted, resulting in his total wins being five instead of seven.

Wood was an undrafted player who was athletic. As a result, he wrote a letter to the great Vince Lombardi of the Packers, who later signed him as a free agent.

Instantly, coach Lombardi recognized his talent, who made him a starter in the free safety position.

Therefore, the NFL player began to rack up interception after interceptions. In his eleven-year career, he recorded 48 interceptions while covering 699 interception yards.

He was a master in an interception and even was the league leader in that category. In addition, his defensive presence helped the Packers seal most of the game during crunch time. 

Wood scanned every pass as if he exactly knew the play that the opponent’s quarterback would make.

Seeing his true potential, most of the fans were in shock. However, they did expect such a burst of performance from a player who the great Vince Lombardi accepted.

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9. Willie Davis

Another member of all five of Lombardi’s NFL title-winning teams was Willie Davis. He was a militant during his time of draft in the league and actively served the country.

However, later the military relieved him of his duties which let him focus on his football career. Thus, he started for the Browns in 1959, which was his last season with them.

After the Browns traded him to the Packers, Davis became a permanent starter at the defensive end. He anchored the teams’ defensive lineup and made sure nothing went through.

Further, he also won five NFL Championships in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966-1967, and Super Bowl I and II.

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Willie Davis during his time with the Green Bay Packers. (Source: madison.com)

The defensive end belonged to an era where tackles and sacks were not officially recorded. Nonetheless, sourced believe he has exceeded over 100 sacks.

Davis never let any receiver pass through him. So it was a rare moment not to see Willie rushing towards the receiver and tacking him down before he knew what hit him.

Hence, Davis became a five-time Pro Bowler in his ten-year career with the Packers. But, overall, the main credit goes to the Packers, then coach the great Vince Lombardi.

Vince was clever enough to know his true potential and used it to its extent. As a result, the defensive end helped Green Bay win multiple championships.

8. Henry Jordan

You might be getting bored, but the list of players from the 1960s Green Bay Packers is still not finished. Another member of the dominating Packers era was Henry Jordan.

The Packers acquired him via trade from the Browns in 1959. Similar to the previous player, he also won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls.

The Defensive tackle led Green Bay in defensive stats and was also a four-time Pro Bowler. Not to mention, he was also the 1961 Pro Bowl MVP.

Likewise, Jordan was an All-NFL seven times in his twelve-year career. Overall, he had a decorated career as a professional where he was the best at what he did.

The athlete was a fearsome competitor in the league. He always tried almost everything in his will to make sure to secure a victory for the team.

Further, Jordan highly admired coach Lombardi and his teammates. As a result, the defensive tackle made sure to cheer up his teammates even after a loss.

Ironically, it was almost rarer to see the Packers lose even a regular season during their prime.

7. Ray Nitschke

Yet another member from Lombardi’s five NFL-titles team is Ray Nitschke. He is also a three-time NFL and two-time Super Bowl champion.

And as you’ve guessed it, Nitschke was also part of the famous 1960s Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in 1958.

During his draft, Ray McLean coached the Packers, with whom the team had the worst season of just one win and one tie.

Further, after hiring Vince Lombardi, the team excelled in defensive stoppage. With excellent defensive lineman in the coach’s arsenal, the Packer became undefeatable.

Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke played a significant role in the team’s success. He was a strong candidate who everyone acknowledged for his brutal strength.

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Middle linebacker Ray Nitschke for the 1960s Green Bay Packers. (Source: wikipedia.org)

As a result, nothing happened to him when a coaching tower weighing 450 Kg fell over Nitschke.

Everyone very well recognized his strength such that when Lombardi came to know about the situation, he said that Nitschke was fine and everyone should get back to work.

Hence, the NFL player could easily overpower his opponents with tackles and make an incredible interception with such brutal toughness.

Nitschke recorded six tackles and one sack in the first-ever Super Bowl, whereas he recorded franchise-high nine tackles in Super Bowl II.

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6. Jerry Kramer

By now, you already are expecting the list to be filled with the 1960s Green Bay Packers roster. Well, that’s how much of a fantastic team the Packers were.

Regardless, let’s continue in knowing the players with the most NFL championships. So, next on the list is also a member of Lombardi’s five NFL-titles team.

Therefore, you already know that Karmer was also a five-time NFL and two-time Super Bowl Champions, just like the previous players.

The Packers also selected him in the 1958 draft, who had the worst season before the arrival of offensive coach Vince Lombardi.

Under Lombardi’s guidance, the Guard/Kicker toned up his game. Further, Karmer was also the placekicker of the team in 1962 and 1963.

During this period, he scored 29 field goals and a total of 177 points. Hence, fans described him as the best NFL knuckleball kicker in the league.

However, injuries weighed on the player as he had to undergo 22 surgeries in 11 seasons. Yet, despite his injuries, the league still selected him as an All-Pro five times.

5. Brat Starr

The anchor of the excellent offense displayed by the 1960s Green Bay Packers was Brat Starr’s quarterback.

The Packers drafted Starr in 1956, where he fulfilled the role of a backup. After the hiring of coach Vince Lombardi, he got an opportunity to start as a QB. 

He possessed the immense ability to pass through a valid pass even under pressure.

Therefore, despite not being the offense’s focal point, he did enough damage such that the opponents couldn’t make a comeback.

It was pretty rare to see his passes get intercepted because the play was very well structured. As Starr gained experience, the coach entrusted him to call out the plays.

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Brat Starr with the legendary coach Vince Lombardi. (Source: wikimedia.org)

No doubt why he won both the Super Bowl MVPs in Super Bowl I and II. In addition to that, the quarterback was a four-time pro bowler.

Similarly, he was the league leader in passer rating for five seasons. Further, he also received the 1966 NFL Most Valuable Player award.

All in all, the Hall of Famer was an absolute beast on the field, making sure to score in every possession.

4. Herb Adderley

A great example of excellent coaching is Herb Adderley, a five-time NFL and three-time Super Bowl champion.

Similar to the previous player, he also won five titles with the Green Bay Packers. His last title, which is the Super Bowl VI was with the Dallas Cowboys.

Despite his excellency for the Cowboys, he is still known for his time with the Packers’ head coach Lombardi.

Lombardi is the main reason for Adderley’s excellent performance as a cornerback. The Packers’ coach wanted Adderley to play as a defensive linebacker due to his physique.

However, Lombardi was very skeptical of his decision due to the players’ offensive skills. Hence, he asked the player to fill in as a cornerback for an injured player.

This was the best decision made by Lombardi, which instantly boomed Green Bay’s offense to a new height.

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3. Forrest Gregg

Like #4, Forrest Gregg was also a player who won titles with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

He was one of the finest players in the league’s history and was appreciated by the Packers coach Lombardi.

Therefore, he was the key player during Green Bay’s five NFL championships, followed by two Super Bowl victories.

Since double counting is not done so in total, he won five titles with Green Bay. Gregg played as a correct tackle and was very good at it.

The professional never dealt with injuries and played every game in his sixteen-year career. Therefore, he was given the tag of ‘iron man’ by the league.

After ending his career with the Packers, Gregg joined the Dallas Cowboys and helped them win the Super Bowl VI.

This was his final year with the team as he sought out to retire from competitive sports and become a coach.

2. Fuzzy Thurston

The next player with six NFL championships is Fuzzy Thurston, who played for the Baltimore Colts and the Green Bay Packer.

He was a rookie during the 1958 NFL Championship won by the Baltimore Colts. As a result, he didn’t see any playing time during that period.

However, the Colts then traded him to the Packers in 1959 under head coach Lombardi. Two seasons, the packers failed to make a statement in the postseason. 

Finally, in the 1961 season, with a new player and Thurston finding his place in the team, they won the NFL championship.

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Fuzzy Thurston with the Green Bay Packers. (Source: legacy.com)

This great offensive and the defensive display went on, and just in seven-year, the packers were able to win five NFL championships.

Not to mention, they were also able to win two Super Bowl. And in all these glorious victories, players like Thurston were a significant part of it.

1. Tom Brady

As the list of players with most NFL championships was disclosed, we all knew this name was undoubtedly going to rank top.

He is definitely the GOAT (greatest of all time) of American football. No other players match the likes of Brady and his Super Bowl victories.

Brady is the only player in the history of the league to have won seven Super Bowls. No doubt, he will increase the number from seven to double digits.

However, while discussing his outstanding achievements, we should not forget one of the reasons behind his success which is coach Bill Belichick.

He is the mastermind behind the six Super Bowl victories for the New England Patriots. Further, he also helped shape Brady into what we know him to be.

Obviously, he possessed the will to be great but lacked the ethics his teammates and coach helped him gain in his long career. Hence, after deciding to move on from the Patriots after twenty years of playing with them.

The quarterback joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with whom he created history after winning the Super Bowl LV.

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Conclusion

In a competitive sports world, it is hard to win a championship, and to maintain it through a player’s career is an arduous task.

Therefore, the player with the highest NFL championship has only won seven championships. This signifies how hard it is to win multiple titles.

Nonetheless, these 10 players have proven worthy to be claimed as the players with the most NFL championships.

As a result, let’s appreciate these individuals for their impressive work and greatness shown.

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  1. Otto Graham won 7 championships between 1946 to 1955. Also went to 10 straight championship games in a row. Why isn’t he in your lineup. Am I missing something here. You said the championship ran from 1920 to 1965. He is tired with Brady yet I think he was better because he went to 10 straight championships every year he played and won 7. Also 1944-1945 he played in the NBL and won that championship game in basketball. Don’t think Tom can to that.

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