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The 32 current NFL teams have a variety of interesting names, but there have been so many more team names from NFL history that are so good, we wish they were still around.
The Canton Bulldogs were one of the first NFL teams, and even though the Ohio city of Canton no longer fields a professional football team, it remains the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and hosts the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Game prior to every season.
Now known as the Chicago Bears, we kind of wish they’d remained known as the Decatur Staleys, but they were renamed just two years after becoming one of the founding members of the NFL. The Staleys were named after the company that formed the team, A. E. Staley, which was a food starch company — maybe that’s more boring than bears, but it’s still a super interesting tidbit from history.
Out of Wisconsin, there was a short-lived NFL team known as the Racine Legion. During the last year of operations, they were known as the much more interesting Racine Tornadoes.
This amazing team name is from another Ohio city, Toledo. They ran for nearly a couple dozen years before suspending operations after the 1923 season.
Providence Steam Rollers
Straight out of Rhode Island, the Providence Steam Rollers played in the NFL for seven seasons. They hold the honor of being the first team from the New England area to win an NFL championship, and they were also the first NFL team to play a game in a bicycle racing stadium.
Badgers are awesome, and apparently the owners of a Milwaukee-based NFL team thought so too. While their market was eventually claimed by the Green Bay Packers and they only played for a handful of seasons, this may be one of the coolest team names that is no longer used today.
Evansville Crimson Giants
The Evansville Crimson Giants, who hailed out of Indiana, had an amazing name. They too were a short-lived NFL team, playing only two seasons in the early 1920s.
Frankford Yellow Jackets
An early Philadelphia-area NFL team, the Frankford Yellow Jackets began their playing years using a high school field as their home base. Their success as an independent team gained them an invitation to the NFL in 1924, where they played for eight years.
The first professional football team to play in Cincinnati, Ohio, was the Cincinnati Celts. They didn’t have their own home stadium — instead, they were a traveling team. Their head coach also played on the team as their center.
Now, enjoy our NFL player nicknames post – their awesome nicknames give these team names a run for the money.