Sometimes it’s important to look back and enjoy the past, but there are also occasions where you might think that the past is best left where it is.
In the latest in our lost of tier ranking articles, we are going to go back in time and look at some of the old logos of all 32 NFL teams.
As the NFL is more than 100 years old at this point, there have been plenty of changes in how the league has looked, whether it be the number of teams or how the game is played, and as a result there has been plenty of evolution from the teams that call the NFL home.
Some teams have more of a history than others, for instance the two teams that have lasted the longest in the league have been the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals, who both joined the league at it’s inception in 1919, with the league evolving and bringing in more teams over the past few decades, with the final addition being the Houston Texans in 2002.
As is the case with most teams in sport, teams identities have constantly changed over the years, whether it be slight tweaks in the colours like the Seattle Seahawks did in 2011 or if it’s a complete renovation like when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from a lone pirate to the skull and crossbones in 1997.
Using Tiermaker.com, we have gone through some of the old logos from NFL teams and put them into one of five different categories:
Bring It Back:
Still holds up today, would look great on a modern uniform
A very nice design, but just missing something that would make it look good today
Nothing special to shout about
Glad They Changed:
There’s a lot wrong with it and needs to stay in the past
Hopefully someone can use a Men In Black style memory eraser to make sure we totally forget it even existed
Now that the definitions are set, here is our ranking of a selection of the NFL’s throwback logos:
Bring It Back: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans (as the Houston Oilers), Los Angeles Chargers
Pretty Slick: Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons
Average: Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts
Glad They Changed: Las Vegas Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Washington Commanders (as the Washington Redskins), Denver Broncos
Total Disaster: New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys