Can You Tell Us If These NFL Team Logos Are Current or Out of Date?

By: Gavin Thagard
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About This Quiz

As franchises evolve and eras come and go with different players and owners, NFL teams sometimes need a change to reinvigorate the franchise and the fanbase. Many teams will choose to fire personnel or, in extreme cases, will uproot an entire team and move it to a new city for a fresh start, leaving their old support base behind. 

However, bridges are not always burned in the NFL, and some teams choose to make simple changes to the logo to let their fans know that a new era has begun. 

Of course, that does not mean every team follows this train of thought, as some teams have elected to stay with the same logo for years because it is a representation of the early years of a franchise and the glorious moments from the past. They know their community identifies with their logo, so they might make slight adjustments instead of full-scale changes. 

How well do you know the current and out of date logos of the NFL? If we give you an image, can you tell us if the logo is new or old? Here's your chance to find out. If you're ready for the ultimate NFL logo challenge, get started with this quiz and see if you can decipher the past from the present! 

The Patriots used this Pat Patriot logo from 1971 until 1992. Considering the team only appeared in one Super Bowl under this banner, it's probably better they left it behind.

The Cowboys' logo has barely changed over the years. The only difference between their current logo and this one is a blue outline around the star.

The Ravens' franchise played its first season of football in 1996. Their original logo, however, lasted only three seasons before they changed to their current logo.

The Steelers' have more Super Bowl victories than any team in NFL history. The franchise won its first Super Bowl in 1975 and its most recent championship in 2009.

The Jaguars have yet to win a conference championship, let along a Super Bowl. Since the team's first season in 1996, they have only appeared in the playoffs seven times.

Carson Palmer holds the Cardinals' single-season record for passing yards and passing touchdowns which he accomplished in 2015. Palmer made his third Pro Bowl that season and his first in nearly 10 years.

Matt Ryan is the only player in the history of the Falcons' franchise to win the NFL MVP award. He won the award in 2016 after throwing for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns.

The Bills upgraded from this logo in 1974 as they added blue into the design. However, they might need to change back to their old design considering they lost four Super Bowls under their current logo.

Used from 1946 until 1973, the bear in this logo is intimidating as it appears to be ripping into the ball. With nearly 30 years of action, this logo saw a lot of change in the game of football as the NFL began to develop into the league we know today.

The Browns have not won much under their current logo which they started using in 2015. From 2015 through 2017, the team only won five regular season games, which included a​ 0-16 season.

The last year the Bengals used the tiger as their logo was 2003, the same season Marvin Lewis was hired as the head coach. Lewis coached the team until 2018, earning seven playoff appearances but no playoff wins.

The Panthers franchise was started by Jerry Richardson, a former NFL player. In 2017, information was released about Richardson's inappropriate workplace behavior, and he was forced to sell the team.

Not all curses pan out, but the curse Bobby Layne placed on the Lions after they traded him in 1958 proved true. Layne stated that the Lions wouldn't win for at least 50 years, and low and behold, the Lions went 1-10 in the postseason during that span.

The legendary Vince Lombardi served as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers when they won Super Bowl I and II. The team was led by quarterback Bart Starr who won both Super Bowl MVP awards.

This Broncos logo of a horse shooting a beam from its mouth was used from 1970 until 1992. The logo was part of four Super Bowl losses for the franchise, so they left it behind for good reason.

The Chargers spent most of their history in San Diego, playing in the SDCCU Stadium. When the city refused to upgrade the facilities, the Chargers moved to Los Angeles, a city that has been quite hostile to the new franchise.

The Chiefs were founded as the Dallas Texans in 1960. The franchise relocated a few years later in 1963 to Kansas City where they picked up their current name.

Founded in 2002, the Texans are the youngest NFL franchise currently competing in the league. The Texans defeated the Cowboys in their opening game that season but finished with a 4-12 record.

Led by quarterback Peyton Manning, the Colts competed in two Super Bowls with the current horseshoe logo on their helmets. They split the games, winning in 2006 and losing in 2009.

The Rams played under this Rams' head logo from 1989 until 1994 when the team moved to St. Louis. In 2016, the team returned to Los Angeles with an entirely new look.

Used from 1966 until 1973, the Miami Dolphins posted the only undefeated record in NFL history under this logo. In 1972, the Dolphins went 14-0, winning the Super Bowl by defeating the Redskins 14-7.

The Vikings have been using this version of their logo since 2013, but it didn't really change much from the previous logo. The final year of using their previous logo, Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson set a franchise record when he rushed for 2,097 yards.

New Orleans was a city in shambles when Drew Brees arrived. Not only could the Saints not win, but the city was still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Luckily, Brees helped turn much of that around.

From Michael Strahan to Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants have had several all-world players on their roster over the years. However, none have revolutionized the game quite like Lawrence Taylor, who dominated from the linebacker position in the '80s and early '90s.

Over the past 20 years, the Jets have been dominated in their division by the New England Patriots, winning the division only twice since 1998. To be fair, though, most of the league has been dominated by the Patriots.

The Raiders have kept it simple over the years and haven't changed their logo much since 1964. The team will be moving to Las Vegas in 2020, and perhaps, a new logo will come with the new city.

The Eagles are an old franchise, dating back to 1933, so it's no surprise that the logo has changed over the years. Under their many different logos, the Eagles have made 26 playoff appearances.

The 49ers will always be remembered for their Super Bowl runs in the '80s and '90s and for good reason. Those teams contained three of the greatest players in NFL history: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young.

Used from 1976 until 2001, the Seahawks made five playoff appearances under their old logo with little postseason success. Since changing the logo, they have been to the playoffs 12 times, including a Super Bowl victory in 2014.

The Titans were known as the Oilers when they were located in Houston, Texas. Warren Moon, a former quarterback, is regarded as one of the greatest Oilers of all-time, going to six Pro Bowls while on the team.

The Redskins have been heavily criticized for the team name, which some Native Americans find offensive. However, owner Dan Snyder has stated that he will not change the name due to outside pressure.

Started by owner Hugh Culverhouse, the Buccaneers played their first season in 1976. The team finished fifth in the AFC West after failing to win a single game that season.

The Patriots have been led by quarterback Tom Brady since he joined the team in 2000. Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP.

The Steelers had a controversial 2018 season which included a star player sitting out the entire year over a contract dispute and a diva receiver skipping a game. The team failed to make the playoffs despite being many people's Super Bowl pick.

Going 15-1 in the 1985 regular season, the Bears advanced to the Super Bowl, where they defeated the Patriots 46-10 to win the only Super Bowl in franchise history. Led by a stout defense, the Bears only gave up 123 yards in the game.

The Bengals play home games in Paul Brown Stadium, which replaced Riverfront Stadium in 2000. Including 114 executive suits, the stadium holds more than 65,000 roaring fans.

Dan Marino is often regarded as the greatest quarterback to never win a Super Bowl, though he made one appearance early in his career. Marino did finish as a nine-time Pro Bowler and led the league in passing yards five different times.

The Chiefs made it to the playoffs in 2018 behind the heroic arm of Patrick Mahomes II. Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns in the regular season.

The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII behind the arm of backup quarterback Nick Foles. Foles was named the MVP of the game after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

The Buccaneers have only been to the playoffs 10 times over the course of the team's history, which dates back to 1976. The last time the team even reached the playoffs was 2007.

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