As most fans know, the NFL started in 1920 - but many don't know that the already existing Racine Cardinals and the newly formed Decatur Staleys (soon to be renamed the Chicago Bears) are the only remaining charter teams.
During the 20's, 30's and 40's, many NFL teams came and went, like the Canton Bulldogs and Pottsville Maroons, as well as many who's names are best recognized as baseball team names (New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, etc).
To list all the NFL franchises that have ever existed would be very tedious as well as extremely convoluted as there were many defunct teams. So what I have done is to list the current 32 NFL teams, and how (and when) they got to be who they are.
Hopefully, many of you will find something interesting here that you didn't know. Enjoy!
1898/Morgan Athletic Club 1898/Racine Normals 1901/Racine Cardinals 1922/Chicago Cardinals 1960/St. Louis Cardinals 1988/Phoenix Cardinals 1994/Arizona Cardinals
1920/Decatur Staleys 1921/Chicago Staleys 1922/Chicago Bears
1921/Green Bay Packers
1925/New York Giants
1930/Portsmouth Spartans 1934/Detroit Lions
1932/Boston Braves 1933/Boston Redskins 1937/Washington Redskins
1933/Pittsburgh Pirates 1941/Pittsburgh Steelers
1937/Cleveland Rams 1946/Los Angeles Rams 1995/St. Louis Rams 2016/Los Angeles Rams
1946/Cleveland Browns 1996/Baltimore Ravens
1946/San Francisco 49’ers
1953/Baltimore Colts 1986/Indianapolis Colts
1960/Boston Patriots 1971/New England Patriots
1960/Dallas Texans 1963/Kansas City Chiefs
1960/Houston Oilers 1997/Tennessee Oilers 1998/Tennessee Titans
1960/Los Angeles Chargers 1961/San Diego Chargers 2017/Los Angeles Chargers
1960/New York Titans 1963/New York Jets
1960/Oakland Raiders 1983/Los Angeles Raiders 1995/Oakland Raiders
1967/New Orleans Saints
1976/Tampa Bay Buccaneers