Here’s how Some of the Top NFL Teams got Their Names

If you want to know more about your favourite NFL team then you have certainly come to the right place. Here you can find out everything you need to know.

Arizona Cardinals

Dec 8, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The franchise actually began all the way back in 1898. They moved to St. Louis in the year 1960 and from there, they went to Arizona in the year 1988. The team owner, Chris O’Brien then purchased and then started to phase out the maroon jerseys, which at the time were very faded and worn out. Chris believed that this should be the colour of his team, and dubbed it Cardinal Red. The nickname was born, and the team then announced it as their official team name in 1947.

Denver Broncos

Dec 8, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos strong safety Kareem Jackson (22) celebrates after catching an interception during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

Denver put forward a poll asking fans to name the team. Soon after, they became the Broncos, which is a nod to the wild horses that roam the area. If you like to bet on the football, then why not look into racing betting? Horse racing is becoming more and more popular by the year and various teams across the world are named after the animals too.

Baltimore Ravens

Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The raven part of the name is a reference to the Edgar Allan Poe poem. It beat the Marauders and Americans in a contest that was done by the Baltimore Sun. Edgar Allen Poe is actually buried in Baltimore. 33,000 voters took part in the poll and 21,000 of them chose the name that they have now. The team believe that the name is historically relevant and that it shows that they mean business.

Carolina Panthers

Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Carolina Panthers offensive guard Trai Turner (70) reacts on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Richardson, who is the president of the team chose the name because they believe that it’s a name that has significance. They think that the name implies that the team are sleek, powerful and strong. This choice actually led to a colour scheme of black blue and silver, and this actually came under scrutiny as the name Panthers along with the colour black could appeal to street gangs and that this would cause problems for the league.

Cincinnati Bengals

Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) hands off to running back Joe Mixon (28)during the second half against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The team owner Paul Brown named the team in honour of the football team the Bengals who played in the city in 1937. He believed at the time that the name would provide a link to the professionals who played in the city before. He did come under some scrutiny though because he chose Bengals but fans preferred the name Buckeyes.

Detroit Lions

Dec 8, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Tracy Walker (21) tackles Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (25) in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Portsmouth Spartans moved to Detroit in the year 1934 and the team were renamed as being the Lions. The nickname came from the baseball team who were the Tigers. The lion is the monarch of the jungle, so some hope that the Detroit Lions could eventually be the next big thing for the league. Of course, only time will tell but the Lions haven’t been high on the league table for quite some time because it’s dominated by so much talent.


About Marcelo Villa

Marcelo is an associate editor at The Sports Daily, and has covered the San Diego Chargers for Bleacher Report. He also writes for Sportsdirect Inc.