The love of its local television shows translates into wins in the NFL.
So much so that the league has created a dedicated Twitter account, @LoveTheNFL, that encourages fans to follow local NFL teams on Twitter.
The account is currently tweeting about every game from the season to date, including the first round of the playoffs, a playoff round, Super Bowl 50, the playoffs and the playoffs.
“I love sports because it’s a community,” said Twitter user Chris Pomeranz, who follows the Los Angeles Rams and is also a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.
“If you watch local sports, it’s always good to get a team to watch.”
The love for local sports has also led to an uptick in the number of players who have been drafted by teams from across the country.
In fact, there are more than 700 NFL players who were drafted by a team from across America, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
In addition, the Losers Club, a fan club for NFL players, has more than 1,000 members, according the website ProFootballTalk.
The love and support for the NFL is not limited to the national team.
On Sunday, the New York Jets were honored for their contributions to the league by receiving a Super Bowl ring from the NFL for the first time since 2000.
In the past decade, the Jets have won four Super Bowls, and they are one of only two teams in NFL history to win five straight Super Bowl championships.
“The fans, the players and the owners have all been so incredible,” Jets general manager John Idzik said.
“It’s been an incredible ride for the city and city sports fans across the league.
We’re grateful for all the love and encouragement from our fans and everyone else who’s been a part of it.”