Video Progression Shows Evolution of NFL Franchise Logos

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterAugust 4, 2014


Take a walk with me down memory lane, back to a time when the Denver Broncos’ logo shot nose-fire and a chinless imp represented the Cleveland Browns.

NFL logos have come a long way in the last half century, and YouTube user Zachary McCabe (h/t Extra Mustard) has put together a video chronicling the changes in location and design franchises have adopted with the passing of time.

The video starts in 1951 and progresses to today. It’s a wonderful montage of weird illustrations we once found sharp and professional.

It’s hard to believe that characters like Brownie the Elf were actually green-lit as the seal and symbol of a franchise. It’s also confounding that some teams chose to leave behind awesome, classic designs (I’ll never not love Tampa Bay’s knife-mouth buccaneer).

Also shown in McCabe’s video is the shuffling and moving of franchises from one location to another, most notably the infamous nighttime escape of the Baltimore Colts in 1984.

What say you? Which is the slickest design on here? The most terrible?

I’m still going with Brownie for weirdest. There’s something about that little elf’s shifty eyes I can’t abide.


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