The Evolution of the Philadelphia 76ers Logo

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Though you might know and root for the Philadelphia 76ers today, the franchise joined the National Basketball League as the Syracuse Nationals in 1949 before relocating to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from upstate New York in 1963. In over 50 years they’ve called the City of Brotherly Love their home, the 76ers have delighted fans with 33 appearances in the playoffs and two NBA championships.

Given their deep connection with the city and its populace, we decided to delve deeper into the team’s history to examine how the 76ers logo has evolved over the years.

Give Us Basketball or Give Us Death

After their relocation, the team needed a new name (continuing to be called the Syracuse Nationals in Philadelphia wouldn’t endear the locals). The organization ran a naming contest, which was eventually won by Walter Stahlberg from West Collingswood, New Jersey, in 1963. Thus the Philadelphia 76ers were born. They brought their first title to the citizens of Philadelphia in the 1966–67 season, when the 76ers bested the Boston Celtics and San Francisco Warriors en route to their second franchise championship.

This was made possible by the addition of one of the 76ers’ greatest players, Wilt Chamberlain. A native of Philadelphia, Wilt only stayed with the team for three incredible seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and entering into the next chapter of his career away from his hometown. He earned the highest individual honor – Most Valuable Player – in all three of his seasons with the 76ers.

Life, Liberty, and Logos

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The Philadelphia 76ers have used five different primary logos to represent their team since 1963. Each logo uses the number 76 in addition to stars and circles (mostly in the form of a basketball). The logo draws inspiration from the city’s roots as a significant setting in America’s fight for independence from the U.K. in 1776. Philadelphia hosted the Second Continental Congress where the Declaration of Independence was adopted – the inspiration for the team’s name.

Let’s look at how the 76ers have paid homage to the amazing history referenced by their name throughout their logos.

1963–1976: The number 76 takes on the colors of the American flag. Above the number 7 is a circle of 13 stars, which represent the 13 colonies that eventually became the country’s first states.

1977–1996: The “ers” is added after the 76. A blue and white basketball is added behind the logo for additional effect.

1997–2008: This logo constitutes a massive shift away from the prior two logos. While it keeps some of the red and blue, gold becomes a prominent color in the text and basketball, which has a blue trail streaking behind it.

2009–2014: The 1977-96 logo is restored and surrounded by a red background, like a postage stamp. Beneath this is a blue box with the name of the city in white text.

2015–2016: The postage stamp format is dropped for a blue circular framing. The blue border contains the city name and six stars in white.

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The Evolution of the Houston Rockets Logo

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The Houston Rockets were founded as the San Diego Rockets in the 1967-68 season as an NBA expansion team. The team only played four seasons in “America’s Finest City” before touching down in Houston, Texas, in 1971. They’re currently celebrating their 50th season in the NBA and have delighted fans with two championship runs back to back in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.

The Houston Rockets earned the nickname “Clutch City” in the 1993-94 NBA Conference semifinals when they went down two games to the Phoenix Suns, only to come back and win that series, best the Utah Jazz in the Conference finals, and then dominate the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals. Given their historic season, it’s time to look at how the Rockets logo has changed over the past 50 years.

Launching Into Orbit

Even though the Houston Rockets have only won two NBA championships, they keep things interesting for their fans. The franchise has been to the playoffs 30 out of their 50 seasons, including every season over the last four years (2012-13 to 2015-16). Guard and NBA All-Star James Harden leads the Rockets into battle and has proven to be a beloved figure in Houston thanks in part to his iconic beard and aggressive style of play.

Houston has been home to several great players, but none is more dynamic than Hakeem Olajuwon. During his 17 seasons with the Rockets, he helped play a pivotal role in both team’s NBA championship runs. The Hall of Fame inductee only played one season outside of Houston for the Toronto Raptors. Olajuwon collected all his accolades in Houston – 12-time All-Star, 12-time All-NBA, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time NBA Finals MVP, and 1993-94 MVP. Houston is waiting to see who, if anyone, can be as impactful as No. 34 was for them.

Blast Off

Houston Rockets logo evolution over time

San Diego was known for being a “city in motion” and a hub for space-age industries during the time the Rockets were established, which earned the team their name and logo. The Houston Rockets have had four different logos since landing in Texas, with most tethered to the initial inspiration behind the team’s name.

Let’s look at how the Houston Rockets logo has evolved over time.

1971–1972: This logo features a cartoon basketball player blasting off, with the team name at the end of the rocket’s exhaust. It uses red and yellow as the main colors. The basketball with “NBA” across it is staged like a planet on top of the player’s finger.

1972–1994: This logo keeps the same primary colors – yellow and red – but ditches the rockets and cartoon basketball player. Instead, it features a yellow basketball surrounded by a bold red outline. Black text is used for “Rockets.”

1995–2002: Silver and white text outline red; shades of blue overlay a basketball background, which serves a dual purpose: It also resembles the sphere of a planet orbited by a cartoon rocket.

2003–2016: The logo more minimalistic with red text and no background art. A rocket and launch pad circling a large “R” are in between the words “Houston” and “Rockets.”

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The Evolution of the New York Giants Logo


The New York Giants came about in 1925 in New York City. Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Mara purchased the franchise for $500 and “borrowed” the name from the MLB team, the New York Giants – which was a common thing to do at the time. The Giants won their first NFL championship just three years later in 1927 with a stacked defense led by Steve Owen, who later became the head coach. Owen isn’t the only legendary player to come out of the organization; quarterback Eli Manning has done some great things. Manning led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships in 2007 and 2011 against the Patriots. The Giants have four Super Bowl championships total and four other championship titles from wins prior to the announced 1966 merger of the NFL and AFL.

The Giant Greats

Behind every great football team is a great running back. Tiki Barber is the Giant’s all-time leading rusher with 2,217 rushes for 10,449 yards and 55 touchdowns. Barber was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and was awarded First Team All-Pro in 2005. Before the NFL and AFL merger, there was Hall of Famer Frank Gifford. Gifford – eight-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time First Team All-Pro – helped lead the 1956 Giants to an NFL championship.

Amani Toomer is the all-time leading receiver in the franchise’s history. Toomer caught 668 passes for 9,497 yards and 54 touchdowns. He played his entire career of 13 seasons with the Giants.

A team can’t succeed without its quarterback. Phil Simms was one of the greatest in Giants history. The two-time Pro Bowler helped to lead the Giants to two Super Bowl winning seasons in 1986 and 1990 (although Jeff Hostetler played in the Super Bowl due to Simms incurring an injury during the 1990 regular season) . Simms ended up playing his entire career of 14 seasons in New York City with the Giants, throwing for 33,462 yards and 199 touchdowns. Another great Giants quarterback is Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle. Tittle played the final four seasons of his career with the Giants and, during that time, was selected to the Pro Bowl three times. He was also a two-time First Team All-Pro quarterback.

When it comes to defense, some say that Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor is the best linebacker of all time. Taylor – a 10-time Pro Bowler and eight-time First Team All-Pro selection – contributed to the victories of two Super Bowls with the Giants.

Today’s Giants

As mentioned, Eli Manning, like Phil Simms, has given the Giants two Super Bowl wins as a two-time Super Bowl MVP. The four-time Pro Bowler has thrown 3,920 completions for 46,668 yards and 306 touchdowns with the Giants thus far.

The Giants’ current primary wide receiver is Odell Beckham Jr., who two years ago had an incredible one-handed catch into the end zone against the Cowboys. Beckham made the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons and won the 2014 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Another productive Giants wide receiver is Victor Cruz. Cruz has been one of the most consistent receivers in recent years. Known for his salsa dance touchdown celebration, he made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and was a part of the 2011 Super Bowl championship team.

Evolution of the New York Giants Logo


The current logo has a blue, block lowercase “ny” outlined in red. The logo is somewhat controversial because the team plays in East Rutherford, New Jersey, not New York. Close enough, right? Let’s look at the many different logos of the New York Giants.

1945: The Giants use the New York City skyline as the backdrop for the logo with a picture of a quarterback throwing a football. The logo is in a circle with “New York Football Giants” written around it.

1950: The logo becomes a lot cleaner with a similar image and wording – modernized to fit the time.

1956: The wording is completely taken out, and the quarterback is placed against what is now known as Yankee Stadium, which is the stadium they play in.

1961: The logo is entirely replaced with a stylized lowercase “ny” in blue block letters.

1975: The team switches to a blue and white uppercase “NY.”

1976: The team switches to a bold and italicized uppercase “Giants.” The font changes to blue outlined in red. The change is sparked by the team moving to the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

2000–2016: The team goes back to the lowercase “ny” but keeps the color scheme of blue outlined in red. This is the logo used by the Giants today.

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The Evolution of the Los Angeles Rams Logo

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The Los Angeles Rams originated in 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio,  as a member of the American Football League. They played there until businessman Dan Reeves – who purchased the team in 1941 – moved them to Los Angeles for the 1946 season. The Rams would play in Los Angeles for nearly 50 years until they moved to St. Louis in 1995. Last winter, it was announced the Rams would head back to Los Angeles after 20 seasons in St. Louis.

The Rams’ name was chosen in 1937 when the team joined the NFL. Principal owner Homer Marshman and General Manager Damon “Buzz” Wetzel picked the name because Wetzel’s favorite team was the Fordham Rams and Marshman liked the sound of the name.

Dominant Seasons

The Rams’ first Super Bowl appearance came in 1979 during their first stint in Los Angeles. The regular season wasn’t very impressive for the Rams, who had a 9-7 record; however, they still managed to win their division. In the first round, the Rams defeated the heavily favored Dallas Cowboys 21-19. The Rams then shut out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0 in the NFC championship game. In the Super Bowl, the Rams faced the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite leading at halftime, the Rams lost 31-19. In 1999, the Rams had their best regular season to date, finishing with a 13-3 record. In the playoffs, they beat the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to advance to the Super Bowl to face the Tennessee Titans. The Rams would win Super Bowl XXXIV by a score of 23-16.

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Historical Players

After their win in the Super Bowl XXXIV, the Rams’ high-powered offense was given the nickname “The Greatest Show on Turf” thanks, in large part, to three key players: Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, and Kurt Warner.

Running back Marshall Faulk was one of the best to take the field. He played seven seasons with the Rams from 1999 to 2005. He was named the Offensive Player of the Year from 1999 to 2001 and was the NFL Most Valuable Player in 2000 and 2001. The Rams quarterback during their glory years was Kurt Warner. He made the Pro Bowl three times and was a First Team All-Pro twice. In 1999, Warner won the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP and led the NFL in many passing categories, including completion percentage, touchdowns, and passer rating. Warner’s go-to receiver was Isaac Bruce, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver. Bruce caught 942 passes for 14,109 yards and 84 touchdowns. He played 14 seasons for the Rams and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times.

A current star for the Rams is running back Todd Gurley II, the Rams’ first-round pick in the 2015 draft. In his first season, Gurley was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year and selected to the Pro Bowl.

Logo Evolution

Evolution of the Los Angeles Rams logo over time

The Rams’ helmet logo history dates back to 1948 when halfback Fred Gehrke painted a set of ram horns on the side of a helmet. Gehrke would actually be inducted to the Hall of Fame, not for how he played on the field, but for being the one to paint the rams horns on the helmet. The Rams were actually the first NFL team to have a logo on their helmets.

1946–1950: The first logo is a stylized, blue and white ram head. It only lasts five seasons.

1951–1969: The Rams update their logo by giving the ram’s head more fierce facial features and gold horns.

1970–1982: The Rams keep the same logo, but it now faces right instead of left and is entirely white.

1983–1988: The Rams switch to their first helmet logo. It is a right-facing silhouette of the Ram’s blue helmet with yellow horns wrapped around the side.

1989–1994: The Rams modernize the helmet logo for their 1989 season. They change the logo to look like the helmets worn on the field with an updated shape and a more elaborate face mask.

2016: The logo used by the Los Angeles Rams today is a modernized version of the charging ram’s head. The dark blue head with gold horns made the trip to Los Angeles from St. Louis when the team relocated last summer.

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The Evolution of the Miami Dolphins Logo

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While it may be home to beaches and palm trees, Miami offers more than just sand and sun – it also loves tailgating, cheerleaders, and touchdowns. In fact, Sundays in Miami are focused on the city’s professional football team – the Miami Dolphins. The team plays in the NFL’s American Football Conference East Division, along with the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots, and the New York Jets.

Now that they have over 50 seasons under their belt (the Dolphins were originally founded as an expansion team in the American Football League), it’s the perfect time to look back at the evolution of the Miami Dolphins logo.

Fins Up

The Miami Dolphins, their name chosen in a nearly 20,000-entry contest in 1965, are one of 19 franchises to win a Super Bowl. They’re also the only team to have completed a perfect season – regular season and playoffs – by winning 14 games in a row under head coach Don Shula in the 1972 season. The Dolphins would make a repeat appearance – and victory – in the following year’s Super Bowl, despite losing two games during the 1973 season.

Retired quarterback Dan Marino – arguably the most famous Dolphin – played 17 seasons for the organization, but he seemingly joined a decade too late to earn his Super Bowl ring. During his time under center, he was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times and was just shy of a 60 percent completion rate.

Shore Enough

The Miami Dolphins have had five different logos since their franchise’s inception. Describing the animal during the 1965 team name reveal, club founder Joe Robbie said, “Dolphins can attack and kill a shark or a whale. Sailors say bad luck will come to anyone who harms one of them.” Over the years, each logo has included a dolphin with an orange sunburst in the background; however, both features have changed significantly.

Let’s see how the Miami Dolphins logo has evolved throughout the years.

Notable Logo Changes

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1966–1973: The original logo includes an aqua-colored dolphin leaping upward with an orange sunburst background. The helmet features an “M” for Miami.

1974–1989: The dolphin changes positions by being moved up slightly and being centered on the sunburst.

1989–1996: The dolphin slims down and becomes a darker green. The sunburst brightens.

1997–2012: This version of the logo contains a more animated dolphin (perhaps because 1997 is the year that “T.D. the Dolphin” becomes the team’s official mascot). He has more expressive facial features (eyes and nose) and better-outlined fins. The sunburst also becomes more defined.

2013–Present: This is the largest change since the team’s establishment. The logo becomes a smoother, sleeker version of T.D. The dolphin no longer wears a helmet; he seems to move in an upward swimming position. The sunburst remains as an anchor among all the logos.

Team With a “Porpoise”

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The Evolution of the Buffalo Bills Logo


The Buffalo Bills were the seventh team to be admitted to the American Football League. Franchise owner Ralph C. Wilson obtained the team in 1959, but the Bills didn’t start their first season until 1960 in Buffalo, New York. They began to gain success during their fourth season in 1963 after tying for the AFL Eastern Division crown. However, that was just the start. They lost to the Boston Patriots in a playoff game that year. The 1964 and 1965 seasons would prove better for the Bills when they won not only their division but also the AFL Championship against the San Diego Chargers.

After their initial success, the Bills would go through a major drought up until the 1988 season, in which they proceeded to make the playoffs six years in a row. During that time, the team became the only franchise ever to play in four consecutive Super Bowls.

The Buffalo Bills, originally named the Bisons, changed their namesake after running a contest with a $500 prize. The winning name – the Buffalo Bills – came from James F. Dyson’s submission, which compared the team to a band of Buffalo Bills. Buffalo Bill was a Pony Express rider and American scout who fought for the Union in the Civil War and served the U.S. Army in the American Indian Wars.  

Historic Players

The all-time passing leader for the Bills is none other than quarterback Jim Kelly. Kelly completed 2,874 passes for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns in 11 seasons with the Bills. Kelly was selected to the Pro Bowl five times and became First Team All-Pro in 1991.

Thurman Thomas is the Bill’s all-time leading rusher with 2,849 rushes for 11,938 yards and 65 touchdowns. Thomas was selected to the Pro Bowl five times. He was also a two-time First Team All-Pro and was selected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2007.

Andre Reed is the all-time leading receiver for the Bills. Reed completed his career with 941 catches for 13,095 yards and 86 touchdowns. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2014.

Logo Evolution

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The current logo for the Buffalo Bills is a blue leaping buffalo with a red beam running through the middle. This has been the team logo since 1974. The logo came to life when Stevens Wright submitted several different styles to the Bills in the summer of 1973. Shortly after, a letter from then Vice President and General Manager Robert Lustig to David Boss (the director of NFL Properties’ creative services division) asked for a slight alteration. In the letter, Lustig stated he wanted the logo to portray a buffalo accelerating in a forward motion. The modification of a red stripe was put in place to convey that.

1960–1961: The Bills’ original logo depicts two football players in Bills uniforms running alongside several buffalo. This is all contained in a blue football-shaped background with “Buffalo Bills” arching over the running buffalo and players.

1962–1969: The logo depicts a brown football encompassing a Bills player running beside a buffalo.

1970–1973: The Bills adopt an all-red silhouette of a standing buffalo facing right.

1974–2016: This logo depicts a blue buffalo with a red stripe across it.

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The Evolution of the Green Bay Packers Logo


Wisconsin: The land of beer, cheese, and … football! That’s right, America’s Dairyland has more to offer than just cheddar. In fact, Wisconsin is home to one of the most historic football franchises in the league: The Green Bay Packers. The saga of the Packers really took off after the team joined the new National Football League in 1921, under the direction of the Indian Packing Company (later purchased by Acme Packers, hence the team name) and captain Earl “Curly” Lambeau. The team lives on today as a current member of the NFL’s National Football Conference North along with the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, and Chicago Bears.

Green Bay Greatness

The Packers’ past is highlighted by their notable accomplishments achieved throughout their time in the NFL. The squad has appeared in five Super Bowls and has emerged victorious four times – including a win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967 during Super Bowl I. Dubbed “TitleTown USA,” Green Bay has 13 titles – the most in league history – with nine championship wins and four Super Bowl victories. Much of the team’s early success is credited to two dominant figures in the franchise: Lambeau and Vince Lombardi. Both served as head coaches and brought home a combined 11 titles to the Bay.

Over the course of their storied history, the Packers have had many gridiron greats fill their all-time roster. Hall of Famers Tony Canadeo and Bart Starr dedicated their entire careers to the Packers and were catalysts for the team’s initial success. Modern-era players like legendary quarterback Brett Favre and running back Ahman Green have both made names for themselves in the franchise as the all-time passing and rushing leaders, respectively.

Take a “Lambeau Leap” with us as we explore the evolution of the Green Bay Packers logo throughout their rich history playing in the NFL.

Notable Logo Changes


The Green Bay Packers have used four different logos since their inception into the NFL in 1921. The Wisconsin-based squad is known for their primary colors of forest green and cheese gold a nod to the dairy farmers across the state. The team’s iconic “G” logo was crafted in 1961 at the hands of equipment manager Gerald Brashier and art student John Gordon. As one would expect, the “G” stands for “Green Bay,” but schools utilize similar logos across the nation, like the University of Georgia (with the Packers’ permission, of course).

1951–1955: The first logo of the Green Bay Packers utilizes an orange, yellow, and dark green color palette. The wordmark “Packers” is displayed in green block font with an orange football decorating the background. Orange goal posts are placed on either side of the logo and are outlined by a faint yellow color.

1956–1961: Beginning in 1956, the Packers change their logo to a quarterback in a throwing stance. The figure is overlaid on top of a green-filled state icon of Wisconsin with a star badge indicating the geographical location of Green Bay. The design is placed over an off-gold-colored football.

1961–1979: The team rebrands and creates Green Bay’s most iconic logo: the “G.” Following a simplistic design, the logo features a bold white “G” placed inside a green oval. This primary logo closely resembles the 2016 emblem used by the Packers.

1980–2016: The team adds a gold outline to the forest green oval, maintaining their iconic logo used during the 1961–1979 era.

Leaping Down Lambeau Field

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The Evolution of the Denver Broncos Logo


Though they are now the defending NFL Super Bowl champion, the Denver Broncos got their start, along with a handful of other teams, in the in the 1960s when being part of the NFL was just a dream. Bob Howsam was the owner of a minor league baseball team named the Denver Bears and expressed interest in bringing professional football to the Denver area. When Lamar Hunt went forward with his plans to establish a new football league to compete with the popular NFL, he rang Howsam’s phone, and the Broncos (along with the American Football League) were born.

Bucking Broncos

As with many sports teams that were established decades ago, the Broncos’ team moniker was selected via a fan contest, with “Broncos” leading the charge (perhaps alluding to Colorado’s Western heritage). The team didn’t have a lot of success during its AFL years but did notch its first winning season in 1973, three years after the AFL-NFL merger. Floyd Little was part of those early successes, working from the backfield, as well as in the punt and kick return game.

Domination in Denver

The team started to see more success after that, going to the playoffs 11 times from 1977 to 1996 – a run that included four Super Bowl losses. Things changed in 1997, however, when Hall of Famer John Elway led the team to back-to-back Super Bowl victories. Elway was a standout college player who was eyeballed by many teams before the 1983 draft, when he was selected No. 1 overall by the Baltimore Colts. He was promptly traded to Denver, where he played his entire professional career and is now regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Terrell Davis was also a huge part of those Super Bowl squads; he pounded the rock for 1,750 and 2,008 yards during the 1997 and 1998 seasons respectively.

Elway and Davis are not the only standout Broncos players, however. Peyton Manning, who had his own massive success as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, was traded to Denver before the 2012 season. His first year in Denver was successful, but an early exit from the playoffs didn’t give fans the Super Bowl win they craved. Manning orchestrated a Super Bowl appearance and loss during the 2013 season but led the team to its third victory in the 2015–2016 season.

The success of the team is not the only thing that has changed over time. The Denver Broncos logo has undergone some adjustments over the course of the franchise’s history, from its old-timey origins to the sleek horse we’re familiar with today.

Changes at Mile High


1960–1961: The original Denver Broncos logo is quite a bit different than what fans are used to today. The colors match the uniforms of the time – mustard yellow paired with a retro shade of brown. They feature a football player riding a bucking bronco.

1962–1969: This era brings a significant color change. The yellow-and-brown uniforms are abandoned and orange and blue become the team colors, thanks to head coach Jack Faulkner and his desire to give the team a new image. 1962 welcomes a somewhat corresponding blue-and-orange version of the prior logo, featuring a football player riding an orange bucking bronco.

1970–1992: The ’70s ushers in a new Broncos logo. A large, orange “D” appears on a blue background, with a rearing white bronco exhaling steam in the center – the suggestion of fan and artist Edwin Taylor. This recognizable logo reminds many fans of the John Elway years and changes only slightly in the next version.

1993–1996: The 1993 version of the logo is moderately altered, refining the horse’s features and changing up the black outline.

1997–Present: The present-day logo is designed in 1996 when owner Pat Bowlen was hoping for a new design. Bowlen hits up the crew behind Nike’s characteristic swoop and asks for some logo magic to happen. The team designs a logo that is both simple and fierce and features a white stallion with an orange mane.

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The Evolution of the New Orleans Saints Logo


Take a trip to The Big Easy – New Orleans, Louisiana – and you’ll find Bourbon Street, Jazz Fest, and passionate football fans. The New Orleans Saints, dazzling fans under the artificial lights of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, play in the NFL’s National Football Conference South Division along with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints are currently celebrating their 50th anniversary as an NFL franchise, which makes this the perfect time to look back to find out how their logo has evolved over the years.


Although they were founded in 1967, the New Orleans Saints didn’t begin their run toward greatness until 1985. That was the year the team’s current owner, Tom Benson, purchased the Saints for over $70 million. Modern success for the Saints started in 2006 when the team signed Sean Payton as their head coach and Drew Brees as their quarterback. They also drafted running back Reggie Bush and reopened the Superdome after completing repairs from the impact of Hurricane Katrina. All these efforts led to the Saints winning a Super Bowl in 2010 – the only one for the franchise presently.


The New Orleans Saints logo ties back to the history of the city and its French founders. The fleur-de-lis, which translates as “flower of the lily,” is often associated with French royalty and is considered a part of the city’s heritage. Check out the changes to the Saints logo over the past 50 years.

Notable Logo Changes


1967–1999: This black fleur-de-lis is the first version of the logo. This logo, used for over 30 years, provides fans with an iconic symbol that’s tethered to the history of New Orleans.

2000–Present: As they head into the modern era, the Saints opt to tighten up the logo and change the main color to gold. They also outline the fleur-de-lis in black.

As the Saints Go Marching on

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The Evolution of the Washington Redskins Logo


The Washington Redskins are one of the older NFL franchises around, but they didn’t get their start as the Redskins, nor were they even in D.C. at the time. In fact, businessmen George Preston Marshall, Vincent Bendix, Jay O’Brien, and Dorland Doyle bought a NFL franchise for Boston in 1932. The team played at Braves Field and were then known as The Braves – the same name as the Boston Braves, a National League baseball team.

The following year, the club took the field at Fenway Park, and Marshall chose a new name for the squad: The Redskins. Although legend has it he chose the name to honor Native American head coach William “Lone Star” Dietz, further investigation suggests that he picked a similar name to the original Braves moniker to avoid confusion with the baseball team – and so he could keep using the same logo.

Winning in Washington

In 1937, the NFL approved the transfer of the Boston Redskins to Washington, D.C., and an official marching band (the first of its kind) was formed to welcome fans from the moment they entered the gates. Since then, the team has enjoyed a few historical seasons during its tenure, the first being the strike-shortened 1982 season when they won their first Super Bowl. Led by the legendary Joe Theismann and his favorite target, Hall of Famer Art Monk, the team reached the championship again the next season, but fell to the Raiders in the 1983 Super Bowl. The Redskins took down the Broncos to win their second Vince Lombardi Trophy after the 1987 season. Their third Super Bowl win came in the 1991 season, when they outscored the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.

While the Redskins haven’t advanced very far in the playoffs since those victories (they lost in the divisional round three times and in the wild-card round three times since their last Super Bowl win), they have had several superstars on their roster. For example, Clinton Portis started out in Denver, but he wound up in D.C. after two seasons with the Broncos and enjoyed several successful seasons as the Redskins’ featured running back. Santana Moss caught over 1,000 yards as a Redskin several times, and Charley Taylor is a Hall of Famer who saw playing time in the ‘60s and ‘70s as a halfback and wide receiver. Redskins fans also fondly remember promising safety Sean Taylor, who was shot and killed by a home intruder in 2007, three years after being picked fifth overall in the NFL draft.

Through the many decades of Redskin action, how has their logo fared? Let’s take a look.


1937–1951: When the Redskins become the Washington Redskins, they go from a simple wordmark as members of the Boston Redskins to an early version of today’s familiar logo. The profile of a Native American is featured in a white circle with yellow trim, and he has two red feathers in his hair.

1952–1959: A similar design debuts, but this one lacks a circle and the two feathers are yellow and red.

1960–1964: A simpler logo appears in 1960 and depicts a silhouette image of a Native American in white against a red background.

1965–1969: The Native American is no longer featured in the logo. Instead, the logo is a white and gold arrow decorated with a single feather.

1970–1971: During his brief tenure with the Redskins before his death, Vince Lombardi pushes for a new logo that is revealed in 1970. It features a red “R” in a circle with two feathers hanging down from the side. It’s said he was inspired by the logo of another team he coached, the Green Bay Packers.

1972–1981: Discussions with Native American leaders takes place prior to the next logo change. One such leader, Walter “Blackie” Wetzel, strongly encourages and approves this new logo, which features a Native American within a yellow circle against a white background. The profile of the Native American wears two feathers, and the circle is adorned with two feathers as well.

1982: Briefly, the Redskins use a tucked feather design because the decals used for the helmets aren’t sticking properly near the tail-end of the hanging feathers.

1983–Present: The Redskins return to an earlier version (with hanging feathers). This is how the logo remains today.

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