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The Worst Teams in NFL History (Most All-Time Losses and Most Losses per Season)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lose A Lot

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lose A Lot

The Cardinals franchise – through Chicago, St. Louis and now Arizona – has the most losses in NFL history, the only team with over 700 losses.

Give them a bit of a break, though. The Cards have been around since year 1 (1920). They and the Chicago Bears are the only two franchises that have been around from the very start, but the Bears “only” have 543 losses, giving them the best losses-per-season ratio of all 32 franchises.

The Detroit Lions‘ first season was 10 years later (1930). They are next in all-time losses, the only other team with at least 600 of them.

All together, nine NFL teams have lost at least 500 times. They’ve all been around at least 78 years.

That makes it a bit unfair to tag these losers with a “worst team” reference.

Who really are the worst all-time teams in NFL History?

Check the second list below, which simply divides all-time losses by number of years in existence.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the worst NFL franchise by this measure (and they are repeating history in 2014 at 2-12 so far). The Bucs have lost more than a depressing 9.5 games a season since their beginning in 1976. They and the far more nascent Houston Texans are the only teams with at least nine losses a year.

Another eight teams have lost over eight a season over time (more than half the current 16-game schedule), making 10 teams who usually lose more than they win.

MOST ALL-TIME LOSSES

TEAM / FRANCHISE ALL-TIME LOSSES SEASONS
1. Arizona Cardinals 719 95
2. Detroit Lions 624 85
3. Philadelphia Eagles 572 82
4. Washington Redskins 557 83
5. New York Giants 556 90
6. Chicago Bears 543 95
7. Green Bay Packers 541 94
8. St. Louis Rams 531 78
9. Pittsburgh Steelers 524 82
10. Cleveland Browns 436 65
11. Indianapolis Colts 424 62
11. San Francisco 49ers 424 65
13. Atlanta Falcons 423 49
14. New Orleans Saints 408 48
15. New York Jets 385 45
16. Cincinnati Bengals 374 45
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 374 39
18. Buffalo Bills 373 45
18. Minnesota Vikings 373 54
20. Tennessee Titans 361 45
21. San Diego Chargers 359 45
22. Dallas Cowboys 352 55
23. Kansas City Chiefs 351 45
24. Oakland Raiders 329 45
25. New England Patriots 308 45
26. Seattle Seahawks 307 39
27. Miami Dolphins 285 45
28. Denver Broncos 284 45
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 172 20
30. Carolina Panthers 168 20
31. Baltimore Ravens 134 18
32. Houston Texans 120 13

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MOST LOSSES PER SEASON

TEAM / FRANCHISE LOSSES PER SEASON ALL-TIME LOSSES SEASONS
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9.59 374 39
2. Houston Texans 9.23 120 13
3. Atlanta Falcons 8.63 423 49
4. Jacksonville Jaguars 8.60 172 20
5. New York Jets 8.56 385 45
6. New Orleans Saints 8.50 408 48
7. Carolina Panthers 8.40 168 20
8. Cincinnati Bengals 8.31 374 45
9. Buffalo Bills 8.29 373 45
10. Tennessee Titans 8.02 361 45
11. San Diego Chargers 7.98 359 45
12. Seattle Seahawks 7.87 307 39
13. Kansas City Chiefs 7.80 351 45
14. Arizona Cardinals 7.57 719 95
15. Baltimore Ravens 7.44 134 18
16. Detroit Lions 7.34 624 85
17. Oakland Raiders 7.31 329 45
18. Philadelphia Eagles 6.98 572 82
19. Minnesota Vikings 6.91 373 54
20. New England Patriots 6.84 308 45
20. Indianapolis Colts 6.84 424 62
22. St. Louis Rams 6.81 531 78
23. Washington Redskins 6.71 557 83
23. Cleveland Browns 6.71 436 65
25. San Francisco 49ers 6.52 424 65
26. Dallas Cowboys 6.40 352 55
27. Pittsburgh Steelers 6.39 524 82
28. Miami Dolphins 6.33 285 45
29. Denver Broncos 6.31 284 45
30. New York Giants 6.18 556 90
31. Green Bay Packers 5.76 541 94
32. Chicago Bears 5.72 543 95

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Defensive Heisman Trophy Winners (And Winners by Position)

There’s only one. Michigan triple-duty cornerback Charles Woodson (he also returned punts and popped in at wide receiver often) is the only defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Only four wide receivers have won it. Everyone else was a quarterback or (mostly) a running back.

I’ll be back with more on this post and yesterday’s highest vote percentage wins in Heisman history later tonight.

In the meantime, here’s the full breakdown of Heisman winners by position…

POS. # SEASON HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER SCHOOL
DB 1 1997 Charles Woodson Michigan
         
WR 4 1991 Desmond Howard Michigan
    1987 Tim Brown Notre Dame
    1949 Leon Hart * Notre Dame
    1936 Larry Kelley * Yale
         
QB 32 2013 Jameis Winston Florida State
    2012 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
    2011 Robert Griffin III Baylor
    2010 Cam Newton Auburn
    2008 Sam Bradford Oklahoma
    2007 Tim Tebow Florida
    2006 Troy Smith Ohio State
    2004 Matt Leinart Southern California
    2003 Jason White Oklahoma
    2002 Carson Palmer Southern California
    2001 Eric Crouch Nebraska
    2000 Chris Weinke Florida State
    1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida
    1993 Charlie Ward Florida State
    1992 Gino Torretta Miami (FL)
    1990 Ty Detmer Brigham Young
    1989 Andre Ware Houston
    1986 Vinny Testaverde Miami (FL)
    1984 Doug Flutie Boston College
    1971 Pat Sullivan Auburn
    1970 Jim Plunkett Stanford
    1967 Gary Beban UCLA
    1966 Steve Spurrier Florida
    1964 John Huarte Notre Dame
    1963 Roger Staubach Navy
    1962 Terry Baker Oregon State
    1956 Paul Hornung Notre Dame
    1947 John Lujack Notre Dame
    1944 Les Horvath Ohio State
    1943 Angelo Bertelli Notre Dame
    1938 Davey O’Brien Texas Christian
    1937 Clint Frank Yale
         
RB 42 2009 Mark Ingram Alabama
    2005 Reggie Bush Southern California
    1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin
    1998 Ricky Williams Texas
    1995 Eddie George Ohio State
    1994 Rashaan Salaam Colorado
    1988 Barry Sanders Oklahoma State
    1985 Bo Jackson Auburn
    1983 Mike Rozier Nebraska
    1982 Herschel Walker Georgia
    1981 Marcus Allen Southern California
    1980 George Rogers South Carolina
    1979 Charles White Southern California
    1978 Billy Sims Oklahoma
    1977 Earl Campbell Texas
    1976 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh
    1975 Archie Griffin Ohio State
    1974 Archie Griffin Ohio State
    1973 John Cappelletti Penn State
    1972 Johnny Rodgers Nebraska
    1969 Steve Owens Oklahoma
    1968 O.J. Simpson Southern California
    1965 Mike Garrett Southern California
    1961 Ernie Davis Syracuse
    1960 Joe Bellino Navy
    1959 Billy Cannon Louisiana State
    1958 Pete Dawkins Army
    1957 John David Crow Texas A&M
    1955 Howard Cassady Ohio State
    1954 Alan Ameche Wisconsin
    1953 John Lattner Notre Dame
    1952 Billy Vessels Oklahoma
    1951 Dick Kazmaier Princeton
    1950 Vic Janowicz Ohio State
    1948 Doak Walker Southern Methodist
    1946 Glenn Davis Army
    1945 Doc Blanchard Army
    1942 Frank Sinkwich Georgia
    1941 Bruce Smith Minnesota
    1940 Tom Harmon Michigan
    1939 Nile Kinnick Iowa
    1935 Jay Berwanger Chicago

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Biggest Heisman Trophy Wins of All Time (Highest Vote Percentages)

SEASON HEISMAN WINNER SCHOOL CLASS POS. PCT. AVAIL. VOTES VOTES AVAIL. VOTES
1. 1942 Frank Sinkwich Georgia SR RB 56.15% 1,059 1,886
2. 1940 Tom Harmon Michigan SR RB 54.25% 1,303 2,402
3. 1935 Jay Berwanger Chicago SR RB 53.85% 84 156
4. 1993 Charlie Ward Florida State SR QB 53.68% 2,310 4,303
5. 1968 O.J. Simpson Southern California SR RB 52.88% 2,853 5,395
6. 1976 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh SR RB 51.59% 2,357 4,569
7. 1991 Desmond Howard Michigan JR WR 50.49% 2,077 4,114
8. 1986 Vinny Testaverde Miami (FL) SR QB 50.12% 2,213 4,415
8. 2006 Troy Smith Ohio State SR QB 50.12% 2,540 5,068
10. 1963 Roger Staubach Navy JR QB 49.69% 1,860 3,743
11. 1959 Billy Cannon Louisiana State SR RB 49.45% 1,929 3,901
12. 1936 Larry Kelley Yale SR E 49.31% 213 432
13. 1984 Doug Flutie Boston College SR QB 49.09% 2,240 4,563
14. 1998 Ricky Williams Texas SR RB 48.57% 2,355 4,849
15. 1937 Clint Frank Yale SR QB 48.34% 524 1,084
16. 2005 Reggie Bush Southern California JR RB 48.02% 2,541 5,291
17. 1951 Dick Kazmaier Princeton SR RB 47.20% 1,777 3,765
18. 1983 Mike Rozier Nebraska SR RB 46.49% 1,801 3,874
19. 1949 Leon Hart Notre Dame SR E 46.00% 995 2,163
20. 1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin SR RB 45.31% 2,042 4,507
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