A few months ago, I compiled a list of the top NFL home and road uniforms being currently worn on Sundays. And now, as I kick off my series taking a look at the top logos in the world of sports, the NFL gets the first review.
This list counts down the top logos for the teams in the American Football Conference.
Do you like your team’s logo?
Do you think it should be changed?
Who has the best logo in the NFL?
We will try to answer some of these questions with this slideshow.
This logo puts me at a loss of words as, it is clearly the worst in the AFC football conference. We have a flaming "T" in a circle accompanied by three red stars. I would have loved to have seen the person or group who designed this logo sell it to the Titans when they moved from Houston.
Apparently, the three stars are in reference to the Tennessee state flag, so there is some validity to that, but they are small and really meaningless in the overall design. They could take them out next season, and no one outside of Tennessee would notice.
The "T" on in the circle reminds me of the sword from Voltron and the flames are equally as cartoonish.
In my opinion, this logo (and the entire Titans uniforms) have always reminded me of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts circa the late '90s. They both use the same colors, the Titans' logo being very similar to the old Argo shield, and both teams' nicknames are rooted in Greek history.
While this may not be a necessarily ugly logo, it definitely loses points for lack of originality.
The University of Texas uses the longhorn logo which the Texans have copied and modernized, plus they've added the star-as-eyeball which symbolizes Texas as the "Lone Star" state, but also impinges on the Cowboys logo.
This one just doesn't work for me, and aren't Texans sick of the star and longhorn being so overwhelmingly represented in their athletic teams? And come to think of it, the Houston Texans is a bit of a silly nickname.
Could you imagine next year if the Raiders were introduced, "Ladies and gentleman...you're 2010 Oakland Californians!"
In reality, the Bengals are essentially a team without a proper logo. That is why they are the only team in the NFL to not have their "logo" gracing their helmet.
I submit that it is unwise to have any cat-like creature as your mascot, since it is very difficult to design a competent and classy logo. Look no further than the Jaguars and Panthers for proof of this.
That is why Cincinnati has given up on having any sort of Bengal-cat as a primary logo and simply resorts to the Bengal stripes and this bland "B" logo with aforementioned stripes.
*The only exception would be Cleveland, where their logo is their helmet and vice versa.
^Notable exception to this rule are the Lions (and the NHL's Panthers), because Lions have manes and manes are cool and distinctive. Plus, the Lion is the king of the jungle right?
Once again, the cat logo doesn't work that well with an NFL team. Overall, this design isn't too bad, but it's not very memorable either.
The problem with Jacksonville is that their mascot is too much associated with the luxury car company and creating a full-bodied cat logo ultimately looks exactly like the car company logo.
Which is probably why the Jags have gone with a simple head shot of the animal, while trying to make it look as fierce as possible. This is done fairly well, except for the fact that the Jaguar's blue tongue makes it look like it has been eating Charms Blow Pops.
The Browns "logo" is somewhere in the vicinity between classic and utterly useless.
On the one hand, their use of an orange football helmet as their logo is somewhat clever.
Yet even though the team is named after Paul Brown, and not the color, you would expect the helmet to be brown, nonetheless.
Cleveland is in a tough spot her., I mean can you think of a logo for the team? The old elf logo is nostalgic but wouldn't translate well to a helmet, and a fearsome Dawg Pound insignia will probably never be used as a primary logo either.
This one has always reminded me of the Patriots logo, very sleek and polished but somehow seems a bit ugly at times.
I can't complain too much about this logo, although it has always seemed too stretched as if the horse is anorexic and running for his life, but I have always believed the old "D" with horse logo suited the team better.
The Ravens have had a handful of primary and secondary logos during their short time in Baltimore, and this latest incarnation is probably the weakest of them all.
The Raven is a pretty good animal to have as a mascot from a design prospective, and although this current logo is fair, it could be a lot better.
Even removing the large "B" emblazoned on the bird's head would be a good start.
This logo loses points because two others currently in use by the team (the front-faced Raven & Crest based on the Maryland state flag) are much better options.
A dolphin isn't exactly the ideal mascot to have for a football team, but due to the sea creatures association with southern Florida, we can excuse its use.
All in all, this is about as good of a logo as you're going to find with a dolphin in it. I have seen various artists try to modernize this logo or create a whole new template for Miami, but nothing comes close to this original.
On a related note, I can totally see Miami changing their name to the Sharks by the year 2025. Just a hunch, I guess.
Has there ever been a more heated debate among Patriots fans, than which logo Bostonians believe the team should use?
I will admit that I have been very partial to Pat the Patriot, as I think it is full of character and uniqueness.
I never thought I'd say this though, because I find myself now favoring the Patriots' current logo, the infamous "Flying Elvis."
I don't really understand the negativity that surrounds either of the Patriots' logos, both are quite fine. I live in Buffalo, and if you want to see a horrible logo, just look at the monstrosity the Sabres wear. The Flying Elvis looks like it was created by Michelangelo in comparison.
It might be possible to make some tweaks to this current Patriots logo and turn it into something better, however.
This logo is simple yet effective. For traditionalists like myself there is no use in trying to debate alterations and changes to this because it will probably never be changed.
It is what it is, nothing wrong with that.
Here is a very interesting logo for a couple reasons. First, lightning is one of nature's scariest, most powerful and visually wonderful elements.
But the funny thing is, lightning is surprisingly difficult to design for a uniform and it is even harder to have one lonely bolt be a team's sole logo and identity.
Yet, the Chargers have effectively pulled this off probably as best as anyone could. Their lightning bolts on their uniforms are sharp, and their color scheme lends itself well to the representation of lightning.
The only thing that bothers me is that the bolt sometimes looks cartoonish and awkward when it is used by itself (as in this picture). Still, the bolt is shaped perfectly for a football helmet decal and has now become a timeless classic.
The vast majority of people who follow the NFL have a hard time keeping their lunch down when they look at the Buffalo Bills uniforms, but their logo has been very solid and certainly doesn’t belong together with such an ugly wardrobe.
With the re-introduction of the Bills beautiful AFL-era throwback uniforms, there has been a groundswell of support for bringing back the red “standing” buffalo that the team used in its glory days.
That standing buffalo is a nice nod to the past, but the current Bills logo is fearsome and fits the modern football helmet particularly well.
First off, this logo is a thousand times better than the one the Jets used to wear in the 1980s and for most of the 1990s. So we got that out of the way.
As I see it, this is a very solid logo, and although it is a bit bland, it seems to fit the color scheme and old school feel of the Jets uniforms. If it was good enough for Joe Namath, then it should be good enough for the current New York players.
The only problem is, there is no jet in the logo! With such a unique nickname you would think someone could design some F-16 aircraft for the team to use.
Much like the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts' logo is simple and elegant and will never be changed.
It may be boring to some, but you can’t deny it is instantly recognizable and conjures up memories of both Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning.
If the word badass ever makes it into the dictionary, they should be a picture of the Raiders logo in there as an example.
Quite simply, the Raiders have a perfect color scheme and logo to fit their nickname. How can someone not like this logo?
We have the swords, a pirate with an old school helmet and eye patch, plus the team’s name in nice aggressive bold letters. It’s everything the Buccaneers wish their logo could be.
At least Al Davis hasn’t messed this beauty up yet.
In a close race, the Steelers beat out the Raiders for the best logo in the AFC.
Like so many of the best logos in sports, Pittsburgh’s is instantly recognizable and is unique and pertinent to what their nickname means.
Based on U.S. Steel’s “Steelmark” logo, Pittsburgh has basically copied the same design and made only slight changes over the years.
One of those changes was changing one of the “astroids” from orange to red. Thus giving us three astroids representing the ingredients of steel: yellow (coal), red (iron ore), and blue (scrap steel).
Very nice, Pittsburgh!