Bosses set their sights on joining the Kobe-Shaq Lakers, another pro sports franchise that has won three straight titles
It’s hard to win one tournament, let alone two in a row. Three championships in a row? Well, that’s legendary stuff, a feat that very few teams have been able to accomplish. That’s the challenge that awaits the Kansas City Chiefs in 2024 as they look to become the first NFL team to win three straight Super Bowls.
Watching Travis Kelce speakfrom the podium Sunday night, memories of former 49ers running back Roger Craig doing the same after San Francisco beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV to cap off back-to-back titles. Unfortunately for Craig and his teammates, San Francisco came close but ultimately fell short of becoming the first team to win three Super Bowls. Will the Chiefs have better luck? We’ll find out in 2024.
As mentioned above, the list of teams that have won three straight titles is a small list. It’s an even smaller list when you narrow it down to teams that have done so this century.
Let’s take a look at the list of three-peat winners Kelce, Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, Chris Jones and the rest of the Chiefs who are expected to join next season.
Pro sports franchises that have won three consecutive titles
2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
The two legends Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal headed this group. Coached by Hall of Famer Phill Jackson, the Lakers defeated Reggie Miller’s Pacers, Allen Iverson’s 76ers and Jason Kidd’s Nets in the Finals from 2000-02. Shaq won Finals MVP every year, but Bryant was just as essential to the Lakers’ success in that series. For example, his eight points in overtime in Game 4 of the 2000 Finals – which occurred after Shaq fouled out – gave the Lakers a win and a 3-1 series lead.
1998-00 New York Yankees (MLB)
This team was stacked. Led by Derek Jeter, the Bronx Bombers won four titles over five years including three straight. It would have been four straight titles if not for a big performance from Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.
Every Yankees team was great during this run, but the 1998 team is historic. That group won an MLB-record 125 total games that included a four-game sweep of Tony Gwynn’s Padres in the World Series.
1997-00 Houston Comets (WNBA)
The Comets were champions in each of the WNBA’s first four seasons. Houston’s unmatched streak in those years included hoops legends Tina Thompson, Sheryl Swoops and Cynthia Cooper, the MVP of the first four Finals.
1996-98 Chicago Bulls (NBA)
Second three-peat for Michael Jordan’s Bulls in the 1990s. This one featured the ’96 squad that won an NBA record 70 regular-season games. Chicago capped off their magical ’96 season with a six-game winning streak over a talented Supersonics team led by Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp.
Chicago followed that season with two more title runs that ended with eventual wins over the Jazz, who were led by the amazing duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone. Jordan had several memorable moments in those Finals that included his buzzer-beating, game-winning shot in Game 1 of the ’97 Finals, his memorable “Flu Game” four games later that, and of course, sealed his last appearance as a Bull. Chicago’s sixth title in eight years.
1991-93 Chicago Bulls (NBA)
After years of falling short in the playoffs, Jordan and the Bulls broke through in 1991 and followed that up with two more titles before Jordan’s first retirement. The first title was captured against the Lakers and Magic Johnson, the dynasty team of the NBA ten years earlier. Chicago successfully defended its title with finals against Clyde Drexler’s Trail Blazers and Charles Barkley’s Suns.
During this time, Jordan firmly established himself as the greatest player in NBA history. His performance against the Magic’s Lakers in ’91 put him in the greatest-of-time conversation, and his 35-point first half in Game 1 of the ’92 Finals cemented it. Jordan’s 55 points in Game 4 of the ’93 Finals was the icing on the cake.
1980-83 New York Islanders (NHL)
The last Islanders team taught Wayne Gretzky a lesson about what it takes to win championships. Gretzky, after losing to the Islanders in the ’83 Stanley Cup Finals, expected to see a celebration when he walked past their locker room after the win. Instead, Gretzky saw a tired group of players who seemed more at ease than they were happy. That moment stayed with Gretzky, whose Oilers team would go on to eliminate the Islanders in the ’84 finals.
1976-79 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Coached by the legendary Scottie Bowman, the Canadiens had a loaded roster that included Hall of Fame right fielder Guy Lafleur, who led the league in scoring every year from 1976-78. There were Cup wins against the Flyers and Rangers in between the finals against the Bruins.
1972-74 Oakland Athletics (MLB)
Baseball was largely dominated by several teams in the 70’s. One of those teams was the Athletics, whose powerful roster included slugger Reggie Jackson, who led MLB in several major statistical categories during the ’73 season. Oakland’s dynasty began with a seven-game World Series victory over a Reds team that would win back-to-back titles later in the decade.
1965-67 Green Bay Packers (NFL)
The last team to win three straight NFL titles, Vince Lombardi’s Packers also won the first two Super Bowls. Green Bay’s roster was brimming with talent back then, with Hall of Famers on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately, Green Bay destroyed opponents with Lombardi’s legendary sweep that contributed to the Packers’ blowout wins over the Chiefs and Raiders in the first two Super Bowls. Quarterback Bart Starr was the MVP in both games.
1959-66 Boston Celtics (NBA)
You read that right. The Celtics won eight straight titles unheard of during the Bill Russell-Red Auerbach era. It would have been 13 straight if not for Hall of Famers Bob Pettit (in 1958) and Wilt Chamberlain (1967).
1962-64 Toronto Maple Leafs (MLB)
One of the most talented hockey teams of all time boasted 11 outstanding Hall of Famers. One of those Hall of Famers, left winger Frank Mahovlich, led the NHL in game-winning goals in the ’62 and ’63 seasons.
1956-60 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Among the Canadiens’ key players was Henri “Pocket Rocket” Richard, the brother of fellow Hall of Famer Maurice “Rocket” Richard. “Pocket Rocket” may not have an award name after him like his brother, but he has won 11 Stanley Cups while being a key member of the Canadiens’ dynasty.
1952-54 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
George Mikan, the first major player in the league, was in charge of the NBA’s first dynasty. During a five-year run, Mikan led his league in scoring three times and in rebounds twice.
1949-53 New York Yankees (MLB)
These Yankee teams were led by some of the most recognizable names in baseball history, including Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and Phil Rizzuto. Three of the Yankees’ titles in this run were won against the rival Brooklyn Dodgers, led by trailblazer and Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.
1947-49 Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Oddly enough, the Maple Leafs’ third cup was won despite a losing record (22-25-13) during the regular season. He almost couldn’t get Toronto in the playoffs, though. They dispatched the Bruins in five games in the semifinals before sweeping the Red Wings in the finals.
1936-39 New York Yankees (MLB)
Those Yankees teams were the last for pinstripe legend Lou Gehrig, who played just eight games in the 1939 season before being diagnosed with ALS. Gehrig was a force on the Yankees’ first two championship teams in this span. He led the league in home runs in 1936 and in walks and OBP during the ’36 and ’37 campaigns.
1929-31 Green Bay Packers (NFL)
Want to know how much the NFL has changed since the 30s? Johnny Blood, one of the best players on these Packers teams, led the NFL with three touchdown receptions in 1933. Green Bay was coached in those years by Curley Lambeau, who won a total of six titles as the Packers coach .