The 10 Best Mascots in the NFL
The mascots don't usually draw the most sideline attention in the National Football League. No, that award goes to the delicious cheerleaders, and rightfully so.
Still, our (mostly) furry friends that help us cheer on our favorite teams deserve a little love too. Some of these guys are well-known yet some of them hang behind the scenes, but here are the 10 best mascots in the NFL.
Like a good rock song, these guys pump us up and make us proud to cheer.
10. Blitz (Seattle Seahawks)
The Seattle Seahawks have apparently the loudest stadium in the NFL, so Blitz has to be doing something right!
I must also say, for a Seahawk, he is pretty intimidating looking. I would certainly give him my french fries if he came swooping down from the sky at the beach!
9. Billy Buffalo (Buffalo Bills)
Billy Buffalo is an eight-foot tall buffalo who is the mascot for none other than the Buffalo Bills.
I haven't heard too much about Billy, but that may be because the kid is a little big for his age; he was only "born" in 2000.
The towering 11-year-old kind of reminds me of a character out of "Where the Wild Things Are." I hope Billy gets more popular, and I may have to put a bobble-head figurine of him on my Christmas list.
8. Blue (Indianapolis Colts)
I have to admit, I had never heard about Blue before, but he is pretty cool.
He's a happy-go-lucky horse, and why not? The Colts have been pretty good over the past decade since drafting a guy named Peyton Manning.
I also really dig his green mohawk.
7. Freddie Falcon (Atlanta Falcons)
You guessed it, Freddie Falcon is the mascot for the Atlanta Falcons.
I like Freddie's somewhat rag-tag appearance. He looks mostly put together, but could probably comb his feathers a little more. If I were to personify Freddie as a person, I would say he would probably enjoy Bob Marley, an ice-cold lemonade, and some of Ricky Williams' favorite pastime. (wink wink.)
Anyhow, I like Freddie's friendly face. (say that five times fast!)
6. K.C. Wolf (Kansas City Chiefs)
I am a big fan of K.C. for a few reasons.
One is that he has probably the plainest, more dumbfounded expression I have ever seen on a mascot. Whoever designed him clearly wanted him to have an air of indifference. I find it hilarious.
Second is that he is portrayed by a man named Dan Meers, who does motivational speeches in the Kansas City area. It's a nice story of being involved in the community, and the Chiefs are lucky to have both Meers and his alter-ego K.C.
5. Swoop (Philadelphia Eagles)
Swoop is one of those mascots who scare me. I would never, ever want to be the guy caught messing with Swoop.
He's got a more athletic physique than some of the Philadelphia Eagles players, has a mean face that says "you talking to me?" and on top of that, he flies.
Philadelphia is experiencing, in my opinion, the greatest sports era their city has ever seen. The Phillies are tearing the MLB up, the Flyers always have promise, and the Eagles are Super Bowl favorites after their huge offseason.
It's only fitting they have a bad-ass mascot.
4. Steely McBeam (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Being the nerd that I am, I really enjoy Steely McBeam because he is not only a cool, unique mascot, but represents an integral part of history in both Pittsburgh and the United States.
The steel mills that once ruled the Pittsburgh economy and riverside had an influence that shaped the USA and the industrial revolution astronomically.
Hundreds of thousands of men, many of them immigrants from Eastern European countries, worked long, hot shifts in these mills producing steel that would be the backbone behind many of the new inventions coming out in the late 19th/early 20th century.
They were influential to America's economic growth and to the formation of labor unions, something the NFL is quite familiar with.
Steely is not only a mascot, but memory of an important place in time.
3. Jaxson De Ville (Jacksonville Jaguars)
You know that guy on the Dos Equis commercials who is the "most interesting man in the world?" Well, Jaxson de Ville is easily the most interesting mascot in the world.
His bio would read as follows:
Born on the banks of the Seine River in Paris, France, Jaxson became fluent in his seventh language by age three. He left France to travel the globe, where he bungee-jumped in New Zealand, chased bulls in Spain, and went to Siberian prison for the heck of it. No one quite knows his age, but everyone agrees that he's younger than Jesus and older than Justin Bieber.
In all honesty though, Jaxson is a great mascot and one of the few things that the Jacksonville Jaguars have to cheer about. His antics have gotten him in trouble in the past, but that's nothing for the most interesting mascot in the world. Oh, and he's actually younger than Justin Bieber!
2. Big Red (Arizona Cardinals)
I'm convinced Larry Fitzgerald has two jobs. He plays wide receiver, and then runs off the field and portrays Big Red, the mascot of the Arizona Cardinals.
Seriously, if a mascot can be called athletic, Big Red certainly can. He stands at 6'4" and has a seven-foot wingspan. He would easily be the first receiver taken in most fantasy drafts.
Big Red has a cool about him that not too many mascots (or people) possess.
1. Ragnar (Minnesota Vikings)
Maybe not the coolest mascot on the list, but I have to give the No. 1 spot to Ragnar, who is more flesh and blood than all the other mascots.
Ragnar is one of only two human mascots in professional sports, (the other being Lucky of the Boston Celtics) and therefore, his interactions with players and fans are felt at a much more personal level.
Ragnar is a homage to the big, Scandinavian men who rowed over to North America way back when. A true viking at heart, Ragnar never wears sleeves, even in the winter (though the Vikings do play in a dome).
He's a 21st century Viking.
What Do You Think?
There's my list, but that's just one man's perspective. Please comment and let me know who you think is the greatest mascot in the NFL.
Either way, enjoy the mascots, cheerleaders, and above all, the games, and we are just about two weeks away from yet another start to what should undoubtedly be a great NFL season!
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