The National Football League is a professional football league and home to 32 teams based in the United States. The regular season of the NFL contains 16 games and takes place from September to December. The NFL is split into the National Football Conference, abbreviated as the NFC, and the American Football Conference, abbreviated as the AFC. At the end of the regular season, seven teams from each conference compete in the NFL playoffs. Prior to the Super Bowl the league holds the NFL Honors to award that season's AP MVP, the AP Offensive Player of the Year, AP Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Walter Payton Man of the Year Award among many others. In addition, the NFL Pro Bowl game is played, featuring the league’s best players. In early February, the reigning NFC and AFC champions compete for the Super Bowl championship. In the offseason, the NFL Draft takes place along with mini camp.
The NFL was founded in 1920, composed of 14 teams until its full expansion. Although the NFL reflected the highest level of professional american football in the world of sports, it was formally rivaled by the AFL (American Football League) and the AAFC (All-America Football Conference). Before the merger of the NFL and the AFL in 1970, the NFL launched its first four annual Super Bowl’s which were taken home by the Greenbay Packers twice, followed by the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs. In the NFL today, only counting the championships after the merger, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots have the most wins, each totalling in at six. Unlike its surrounding sports leagues, NFL players don’t always need a championship ring for their legacies to be widely regarded. Each season there are breakout players like Nick Foles who emerge and lead their team to new heights, as he did by winning the Super Bowl in 2018 with the Philadelphia Eagles. Just a few years back, Patrick Mahomes joined the likes of All-Pro Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only QB to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, further earning himself the 2018 NFL MVP Award and proving that the NFL’s younger guys are just as seasoned as the league veterans.