Professional Football Team Names

and Franchise Histories

(Also see Suggestions for Improving American Football.)

(Also see History of American Football Standings with variable listing.)

(Also see College Team Names with variable listing.)

(For other sports, go to Professional Sports Team Names.)


The source of this information is primarily from Sportsline and Hickok Sports with links to Wikipedia.



—— Current Teams and Histories ——

1994- now, Arizona Cardinals; NFL-NFC West

1988-1993, Phoenix Cardinals; NFL

1960-1987, St. Louis Cardinals; NFL

1945-1959, Chicago Cardinals; NFL

1944-1944, Card/Pitt; NFL

1922-1943, Chicago Cardinals; NFL

1921-1921, Chicago Cardinals; APFA

1901-1920, Chicago Cardinals; Ind

1966- now, Atlanta Falcons; NFL-NFC South

1996- now, Baltimore Ravenss; NFL-AFC North

1950-1995, Cleveland Browns; NFL

1946-1949, Cleveland Browns; AAFC

1970- now, Buffalo Bills; NFL-AFC East

1960-1969, Buffalo Bills; AFL IV

1995- now, Carolina Panthers; NFL-NFC South

1922- now, Chicago Bears; NFL-NFC North

1921-1921, Chicago Staleys; APFA

1920-1920, Decatur Staleys; APFA

1999- now, Cleveland Browns; NFL-AFC North

1970- now, Cincinnati Bengals; NFL-AFC North

1968-1969, Cincinnati Bengals; AFL IV

1960- now, Dallas Cowboys; NFL-NFC East

1970- now, Denver Broncos; NFL-AFC West

1960-1969, Denver Broncos; AFL IV

1934- now, Detroit Lions; NFL-NFC North

1930-1933, Portsmouth Spartans; NFL

1922- now, Green Bay Packers; NFL-NFC North

1920-1921, Green Bay Packers; APFA

2002- now, Houston Texans; NFL-AFC South

1984- now, Indianapolis Colts; NFL-AFC South

1953-1983, Baltimore Colts; NFL

1952-1952, Dallas Texans; NFL

1950-1951, New York Yanks; NFL

1949-1949, New York Bulldogs; NFL

1944-1948, Boston Yanks; NFL

1995- now, Jacksonville Jaguars; NF-AFC South

1970- now, Kansas City Chiefs; NFL-AFC West

1963-1969, Kansas City Chiefs; AFL IV

1960-1962, Dallas Texans; AFL IV

1970- now, Miami Dolphins; NFL-AFC East

1966-1969, Miami Dolphins; AFL IV

1961- now, Minnesota Vikings; NFL-NFC North

1971- now, New England Patriots; NFL-AFC East

1970-1970, Boston Patriots; NFL

1960-1969, Boston Patriots; AFL IV

1967- now, New Orleans Saints; NFL-NFC South

1925- now, New York Giants; NFL-NFC East

1970- now, New York Jets; NFL-AFC East

1963-1969, New York Jets; AFL IV

1960-1962, New York Titans; AFL IV

1995- now, Oakland Raiders; NFL-AFC West

1982-1994, Los Angeles Raiders; NFL

1970-1981, Oakland Raiders; NFL

1960-1969, Oakland Raiders; AFL IV

1944- now, Philadelphia Eagles; NFL-NFC East

1943-1943, Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Steagles; NFL

1933-1942, Philadelphia Eagles; NFL

1924-1931, Frankford Yellow Jackets; NFL

1945- now, Pittsburgh Steelers; NFL-AFC North

1944-1944, Card/Pitt; NFL

1943-1943, Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Steagles; NFL

1941-1942, Pittsburgh Steelers; NFL

1933-1940, Pittsburgh Pirates; NFL

1994- now, St. Louis Rams; NFL-NFC West

1946-1994, Los Angeles Rams; NFL

1937-1945, Cleveland Rams; NFL

1970- now, San Diego Chargers; NFL-AFC West

1963-1969, San Diego Chargers; AFL IV

1960-1962, Los Angeles Chargers; AFL IV

1950- now, San Francisco 49ers; NFL-NFC West

1946-1949, San Francisco 49ers; AAFC

1976- now, Seattle Seahawks; NFL-NFC West

1976- now, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; NFL-NFC South

1999- now, Tennessee Titans; NFL-FC South

1997-1998, Tennessee Oilers; NFL

1970-1996, Houston Oilers; NFL

1960-1969, Houston Oilers; AFL IV

1937- now, Washington Redskins; NFL-NFC East

1933-1936, Boston Redskins; NFL

1932-1932, Boston Braves; NFL


—— Defunct Teams ——

All-American Football Conference (AAFC)

  BaltimoreColts1947-1949
  BrooklynDodgers1946-1948
  Brooklyn-New YorkYankees1949
  BuffaloBills1947-1949
  BuffaloBisons1946-1946
  ChicagoRockets1946-1948
  ChicagoHornets1949
  ClevelandBrowns1946-1949
  Los AngelesDons1946-1949
  MiamiSeahawks1946
  New YorkYankees1946-1948
  San Francisco49ers1946-1949

American Football League I (AFL I)

  BostonBulldogs1926
  BrooklynHorsemen1926
  ChicagoBulls1926
  ClevelandPanthers1926
  Los AngelesWildcats1926
  New YorkYankees1926
  NewarkBears1926
  PhiladelphiaQuakers1926
  Rock IslandIndependents1926

American Football League II (AFL II)

  BostonShamrocks1936-1937
  BrooklynTigers1936
  CincinnatiBengals1937
  ClevelandRams1936
  Los AngelesBulldogs1937
  New YorkYankees1936-1937
  PittsburghAmericans1936-1937
  RochesterTigers1936-1937

American Football League III (AFL III)

  BostonBears1940
  BuffaloIndians1940-1941
  CincinnatiBengals1940-1941
  ColumbusBullies1940-1941
  MilwaukeeChiefs1940-1941
  New YorkYankees1940
  New YorkAmericans1941

American Professional Football Association (APFA)

  AkronPros1920-1921
  BuffaloAll-Americans1920-1921
  CantonBulldogs1920-1921
  CincinnatiCelts1921
  ClevelandTigers1920
  ClevelandIndians1921
  ColumbusPanhandles1920-1921
  DaytonTriangles1920-1921
  DetroitHeralds1920
  DetroitTigers1921
  EvansvilleCrimson Giants1921
  HammondPros1920-1921
  LouisvilleBrecks1921
  MuncieFlyers1920-1921
  New YorkBrickley's Giants1921
  RochesterJeffersons1920-1921
  Rock IslandIndependents1920-1921
  TonawandaLumbermen1921
  WashingtonSenators1921
  MinneapolisMarines1921
  AkronVulcans1967

Continental Football League (CFL)

  AlabamaHawks1968-1969
  ArkansasDiamonds1968-1969
  BrooklynDodgers1966
  CharlestonRockets1965-1968
  ChicagoOwls1968-1969
  DallasRockets1969
  EugeneBombers1967
  Fort WayneWarriors1965
  Fort WorthBraves1969
  HartfordCharter Oaks1965-1967
  HawaiiWarriors1969
  IndianapolisCapitals1968-1969
  JerseyJays1969
  Las VegasCowboys1968
  Las VegasCowboys1969
  Long BeachAdmirals1967
  Mexico (Monterrey)GoldenAztecs1969
  Michigan (Detroit)Arrows1968
  MontrealBeavers1966-1967
  NewarkBears1965
  NorfolkNeptunes1966-1969
  NorfolkNeptunes1965
  Ohio Valley (Wheeling)Ironmen1968-1969
  Oklahoma (Tulsa)Thunderbirds1969
  Oklahoma CityPlainsmen1968
  OmahaMustangs1968-1969
  Orange CountyRamblers1967-1968
  OrlandoPanthers1966-1969
  PhiladelphiaBulldogs1965-1967
  PortlandLoggers1969
  ProvidenceIndians1965
  Quad Cities (Moline)Raiders1968
  RichmondRebels1965-1967
  SacramentoBuccaneers1967-1969
  San AntonioToros1969
  San JoseApaches1967
  SeattleRangers1967-1969
  SpokaneShockers1968-1969
  SpringfieldAcorns1965
  TexarkanaTitans1969
  TorontoRifles1965-1967
  Tri-City(Midland)Apollos1969
  VictoriaSteelers1967
  West Texas(Odessa-Midland)Rufneks1969
  WheelingIronmen1965-1967

Dixie League

  AlexandriaCeltics1936-1938
  BaltimoreOrioles1936
  BaltimoreBlue Birds1937
  CharlotteClippers1941,1946
  GreensboroPatriots1946
  Newport NewsBuilders1939-1941,1946
  NorfolkShamrocks1938-1941,1946
  NorfolkClancys1936-1937
  PortsmouthCubs1936-1941
  PortsmouthPirates1946
  RichmondArrows1936-1941
  RichmondRebels1946
  RoanokeTravelers1940-1941
  WashingtonPros1936
  WashingtonPatriots1938
  WashingtonPresidents1937,1939,1940

Independent teams

  AkronPros1918-1919
  AkronBurkhardts1916-1916
  CantonBulldogs1915-1920
  CantonPros1911-1914
  ColumbusPanhandles1907-1919
  CongervilleFlyers1910-1915
  DetroitHeralds1911-1919
  Horlick/RacineLegion1918-1921
  MuncieFlyers1916-1919
  ProvidenceSteam Roller1916-1924
  RochesterJeffersons1910-1919
  St. LouisGunners1935-1941
  Staten IslandStapletons1915-1925
  ToledoMaroons1906-1921

National Football League (NFL)

  AkronPros1922-1925
  AkronIndians1926
  BaltimoreColts1947-1950
  BostonBulldogs1929
  BrooklynDodgers1930-1943
  BrooklynLions1926
  BrooklynTigers1944
  BuffaloRangers1926-1927
  BuffaloBisons1924-1925
  BuffaloAll-Americans1922-1923
  BuffaloBisons1929
  CantonBulldogs1925-1926
  CincinnatiReds1933-1934
  ClevelandBulldogs1924-1927
  ClevelandIndians1923
  ClevelandIndians1931
  ColumbusTigers1924-1926
  ColumbusPanhandles1922-1923
  DaytonTriangles1922-1929
  DetroitPanthers1925-1926
  DetroitWolverines1928
  DuluthKelleys1923-1925
  DuluthEskimos1926-1927
  EvansvilleCrimson Giants1922
  HammondPros1922-1926
  HartfordBlues1926
  Kansas CityCowboys1925-1926
  Kansas CityBlues1924
  KenoshaMaroons1924
  Los AngelesBuccaneers1926
  LouisvilleBrecks1922-1923
  LouisvilleColonels1926
  MilwaukeeBadgers1922-1926
  MinneapolisMarines1922-1924
  MinneapolisRedjackets1929-1930
  New YorkYankees1927-1928
  NewarkTornadoes1930
  OorangIndians1922-1923
  OrangeTornadoes1929
  PottsvilleMaroons1925-1928
  ProvidenceSteam Roller1925-1931
  RacineLegion1922-1924
  RacineTornadoes1926
  RochesterJeffersons1922-1925
  Rock IslandIndependents1922-1925
  St. LouisAll-Stars1923
  St. LouisGunners1934
  Staten IslandStapes1931-1932
  Staten IslandStapletons1929-1930
  ToledoMaroons1922-1923

Pacific Coast Professional Football League (PCPFL), also known as the Pacific Coast Football League (PCFL) and Pacific Coast League (PCL)

  AlamedaMustangs1943
  HawaiianWarriors1946-1948
  HollywoodBears1941-1942
  HollywoodWolves1944
  HollywoodBears1940,1945-1946,1948
  Long BeachBulldogs1948
  Los AngelesBulldogs1940-1947
  Los AngelesMustangs1943
  OaklandGiants1940,1943-1946
  PhoenixPanthers1940
  RichmondBoilermakers1943
  SacramentoNuggets1946-1947
  Salt LakeSeagulls1946-1947
  San DiegoBombers1940-1946
  San DiegoClippers1948
  San FranciscoClippers1945-1947
  San Francisco BayPackers1941-1944
  San JoseMustangs1944-1945
  TacomaIndians1946

United States Football League (USFL)

  ArizonaWranglers1983-1984
  ArizonaOutlaws1985
  BaltimoreStars1985-1985
  BirminghamStallions1983-1985
  BostonBreakers1983
  ChicagoBlitz1983-1984
  DenverGold1983-1985
  HoustonGamblers1984-1985
  JacksonvilleBulls1984-1985
  Los AngelesExpress1983-1985
  MemphisShowboats1984-1985
  MichiganPanthers1983-1984
  New JerseyGenerals1983-1985
  New OrleansBreakers1984
  OaklandInvaders1983-1985
  OklahomaOutlaws1984
  OrlandoRenegades1985-1985
  PhiladelphiaStars1983-1984
  PittsburghMaulers1984-1984
  PortlandBreakers1985
  San AntonioGunslingers1984-1985
  Tampa BayBandits1983-1985
  WashingtonFederals1983-1984

World Football League (WFL)

  BirminghamAmericans1974
  BirminghamVulcans1975
  CharlotteHornets1974-1975
  ChicagoFire1974
  ChicagoWinds1975
  DetroitWheels1974
  FloridaBlazers1974
  HonoluluHawaiians, The1974-1975
  HoustonTexans1974
  JacksonvilleSharks1974
  JacksonvilleExpress1975
  MemphisSouthmen1974
  MemphisGrizzlies1975
  New YorkStars1974
  PhiladelphiaBell1974-1975
  PortlandThunder1975-1975
  PortlandStorm1974
  San AntonioWings1975
  ShreveportSteamer1974-1975
  Southern CaliforniaSun1974-1975

    See also Baseball Team Names, Basketball Team Names, and Hockey Team Names.

    For a variable listing of all teams, go to All Team Names.