NFL Team History

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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/Philadelphia Eagles

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/Buffalo Bills

1960/Dallas Cowboys

1960/Dallas Texans 1963/Kansas City Chiefs

1960/Denver Broncos

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

1961/Minnesota Vikings

1966/Atlanta Falcons

1966/Miami Dolphins

1967/New Orleans Saints

1968/Cincinnati Bengals

1976/Seattle Seahawks

1976/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1995/Carolina Panthers

1995/Jacksonville Jaguars

1999/Cleveland Browns

2002/Houston Texans

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