No other team has appeared in more than three Super Bowls or won more than two since 2000.
Since Belichick’s team-centric approach took root, “Do Your Job” and “The Patriot Way” have become franchise-defining catchphrases.
He was the first rookie in league history to pass for 4,000 yards. While leading the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50 last season, Newton became the first player to pass for 30-plus touchdowns (35) and rush for double-digit TDs (10) in the same year.
He is tied with Hall of Famer Steve Young for the most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (43) as well as for the most games with a TD both through the air and on the ground (31). But though he’s the rare player who has thrived in the pros with a read-option attack, Newton continues to evolve into an adept pocket quarterback who need only fall back on his immense physical gifts only when a play breaks down.
It was the same type of big-picture thinking Jones employed during the 1990s, when he spearheaded a new philosophy for the broadcast committee in selling the NFL’s network TV package – which is shared by all 32 teams – that bucked the traditional bidding process and resulted in then-fledgling Fox entering the game …
and providing the impetus to blow the lid off the previous deal.
Ever see Peyton Manning or Tom Brady doing The Dab or posing for team selfies before the final whistle?And you can bet that Jones will be in the middle of the next big NFL deal.He’s already sent signals that he’ll back a potential move to Las Vegas by the Oakland Raiders.Jones never rests in seeking ideas to up the ante – which is why he’s so important to the NFL.2.Roger Goodell The self-avowed defender of the NFL shield will reach the 10-year mark as commissioner on Sept. Though Goodell works at the pleasure of the owners, he’s typically the face of the league’s triumphs and failures no matter the significance of his personal role.He redefines the sports marketing game and transforms a money-sucking stadium into a profit center. He generates a boatload of money with the most visible franchise in the NFL – and along the way becomes the ultimate game-changer at the heart of soaring league revenues. The owner of the Dallas Cowboys has long maintained rank among the NFL elite – be it players, coaches or commissioner – and is USA TODAY Sports' choice atop the list of the NFL’s 100 Most Important People.This has very little to do with football results, given the Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl in more than 20 years and, well, multiple general managers would have been fired during that span if not for the fact that Jones serves as his own GM.De Maurice Smith In what is one of the toughest jobs in all of sports, NFL Players Association executive director De Maurice Smith has navigated the union through uncertain – and often contentious – periods of labor relations.His most lasting achievement is the ratification of a 10-year collective bargaining agreement that ended the 132-day lockout of 2011.The CBA gave the players significant improvements in health and safety. The amount of contact allowed during practices was reduced.To ensure those standards are being met, the NFLPA can now perform unannounced inspections of training camps.