30 Most Bizarre Logos in NFL History

Hayden Bird@haydenhbirdCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2011

30 Most Bizarre Logos in NFL History

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    When you think of an NFL team, obviously its star players come to mind.

    And the coach. And the stadium.

    But like few other aspects of the game, a team's logo is what we remember.

    So it goes without saying that a great, timeless logo can rally a fanbase around it. Think of the Raiders, with their iconic eye-patched pirate.

    Or the Colts, with their ageless horseshoe.

    Yet some logos leave a lot to be desired. Some can even have the negative effect of embarrassing or simply perplexing fans.

    Let's have a look at some of the most bizarre.

No. 30: New Orleans Saints, Current

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    This one might baffle some people at first glance. After all, what's bizarre about the current Saints logo?

    Well, it's the fleur-de-lis, a very religious symbol that dates back centuries in Europe.

    My question isn't so much that it's bizarre to have a religious symbol for a modern football team.

    The contention I have is more that it's for a football team in New Orleans. You know, where they have Mardi Gras and all that other good stuff.

    Not the first place you might think of when you think of typical Catholic ideals.

No. 29: Miami Dolphins, Current

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    So...if the Dolphin on the helmet is wearing a helmet, shouldn't its helmet have a picture of a dolphin wearing a helmet?

    Or does it play for another team other than the Dolphins with the logo "M"?

No. 28: Jacksonville Jaguars, Current

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    Check out the teal-colored tongue there.

    According to my experts, that's an unusual characteristic among most jaguars.

No. 27: Houston Oilers, 1996

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    I always thought this was kind of a funny logo.

    Yes, it's an accurate picture of an oil derrick, and they are called the Oilers.

    But why wouldn't it be a picture of a man who happens to be an oiler?

    I mean, you don't see the Broncos using pictures of a stable just because horses are synonymous with stables.

    (OK, that's pushing it. Still, it's kind of a weird choice for a mascot anyway. Are oilers particularly intimidating?)

No. 26: NFL Draft, 1996

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    Did the NFL headhunt some animators from Nickelodeon?

    Seriously, this looks like a cross between amateur graffiti and Dr. Seuss.

No. 25: Arizona Cardinals, Current

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    This one lands on here for a perfectly counterintuitive reason.

    Really, who actually makes their logo accurate to real life?

    It genuinely resembles a Cardinal. So yes, frankly I find it bizarre because it's accurate.

No. 24: Baltimore Ravens, Current

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    When was the last time you saw a purple raven flying around?

    (If you actually have an answer for that, I'd like to know where you get your drugs.)

No. 23: San Diego Chargers, 1961-73

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    So, is their mascot a charger (aka thunderbolt) or is it a horse?

    ...'Cause I'm pretty sure it can't be both.

    Still, the baby blue was a stroke of genius.

No. 22: Oakland Raiders, 1960s

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    This one isn't actually that bizarre by itself.

    But when was the last time the Raiders had a different logo? Was the Roman Empire still in existence? Was Al Davis still functional and semi-rational?

No. 21: Chicago Bears, 1940s

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    It looks like the bear is just kind of plodding along shooing everyone out of the way.

    "I'm a freaking bear. Are you seriously going to try to tackle me?"

No. 20: Buffalo Bills, 1960s

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    What's with the weird second guy lingering in the background?

    Still, props for actually having accurate pictures of buffalo on here. What exactly is a "Bill" again?

No. 19: Denver Broncos, 1962

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    Still the strangest, most bizarre way to ride a horse ever.

    Especially if you're carrying a football.

    I do like how the horse is smiling kind of though.

No. 18: New York Giants, 1956-60

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    This is weird to me only because it's totally different than every other Giants logo ever. Still, it's actually the most accurate one ever, because it actually depicts a Giant.

    But who throws the football like that? Mel Kiper Jr. would explode looking at that technique.

No. 17: New England Patriots, 1980s

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    Still the most mischievous-looking Patriot I've ever seen.

    It's frankly too bad we didn't settle the American Revolution by a game of football (American-style, of course).

    If we had, 25 percent of the world would have been ours...

No. 16: Pittsburgh Steelers, 1960-61

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    This one I laughed out loud seeing for the first time.

    In fact, this pretty well sums up the Steelers' actual team during this time (I'm told they improved over the years though).

    Seriously, is he slipping on the steel? At least he looks happy about it.

No. 15: Detroit Lions, 1961-69

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    My theory for this one is that they forgot to do the mascot drawing until 10 minutes before their board meeting and then remembered and just jotted it down.

    Because, when you look at this, it doesn't exactly scream artistic talent, does it?

No. 14: Dallas Cowboys, 1960-70

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    The horse looks absolutely terrified.

    That's probably because the rider's legs are bigger than the horse's. Clearly it wasn't based on Tony Dorsett.

No. 13: Baltimore Colts, 1953-1978

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    Certainly defines the timeless saying "hands like hooves."

    I suppose I'm just so used to the strict horseshoe that this weirds me out.

No. 12: Green Bay Packers, 1951-55

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    What do we have going on here? Are those goalposts?

    Clearly mankind took a step forward when Green Bay figured out one of the most badass logos ever when the classic G started getting used.

No. 11: Denver Broncos, 1968-92

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    So the horse blows really powerful snot rockets?

    (Actually, don't answer that question. Let's move on.)

No. 10: Buffalo Bills, 1965-69

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    At first when I saw this, I thought, "So, is the player stiff-arming the Buffalo? Isn't that counter to what to what you do to your mascot?"

    Then it hit me that Buffalo Bill, who the mascot is based on, was actually known for killing massive numbers of buffalo.

    So really the guy in the picture is just toeing the company line...

No. 9: Cincinnati Bengals, 1967-69

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    This was clearly in the time before people figured out this sort of thing doesn't intimidate anyone.

    Also, who does this guy think he is, Andre Reed? You can't take off your helmet on the field!

No. 8: San Francisco 49ers, 1946-1967

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    At first glance he looks like he's holding a bottle in his right hand.

    Which would make sense because he looks smashed.

    Also, even the dumbest kids out there know you don't fire a gun in that position. Where does the gun go if there's any recoil at all?

    Bonus points for the sweet pants—and his magically levitating hat behind him.

No. 7: Washington Redskins, 1960-65

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    And people wonder why they were the last team to institute racial integration.

    Nothing shouts diversity like this logo!

    Interesting considering they're as far away from being politically correct as possible, despite being in the capital...

No. 6: Carolina Panthers, 1995

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    It looks like some piece of modern art that you'd see hanging in your friend's home.

    Did they run out of money when it came to drawing the outline?

No. 5: New York Jets, 2002

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    So wait, are they the Jets?

    Or are they the mouths? I can't tell.

    Another one where I laughed out loud. My coworkers are starting to stare...

No. 4: Denver Broncos, 1960

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    On top of their utterly awesome uniforms (argyle, anyone?) from the early AFL, the Broncos make their third appearance on this list with their best effort yet.

    The rider looks heavily sedated. Also, is he flossing? Well played, sir. You'll win in the game of dental hygiene.

No. 3: Kansas City Chiefs, 1960s

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    Great spot for the K.C. in this logo, right? 

    Also, the intricate details, like the leg hair, are what really freak me out.

    Another great moment for Native Americans in this country when it comes to football...

No. 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1980s

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    (Photo courtesy of http://www.sportslogos.net)

    Still one of the most iconic bizarre logos of all time.

    It's like the Babe Ruth of bizarre logos. Everyone knows this one. It's classic in a weird and twisted way.

No. 1: Cleveland Browns, 1950-69

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    I don't even know where to start.

    Wasn't the name of the Cleveland Browns taken from Paul Brown? So are they saying Paul Brown is really some little leprechaun-like goblin?

    And what's going on with his shoes? Does he have layered toes?

    Obviously, this one wins. It's so outrageously bizarre that I may have nightmares.

    Thanks for watching—let me know if you have other ones that should be on here!