There are no fans that are as hardcore as NFL fans. From the New England Patriots to Cowboys Nation, these diehard fanbases are as crazy as sports fans come. But, they're not just crazy. They're quite clever, too. Here are some of the fans who made the most memorable signs and completely stole the show. Some of these will definitely make you pick up a poster board for the next game. Which of these hilarious NFL signs would you bring with you?
Some Things Take... Forever
There's no point in wasting time. Let's take the hapless Cleveland Browns as an example. This long-faced fella basically sums up all Browns fans since the inception of the team. However, let's just appreciate this guy's attention to detail and his spot-on description of Cleveland's football franchise, also known as the Factory of Sadness.
It's not only about the sign, it's also about the presentation itself. This fan is so devoted that he decided to embody the look of utter desperation that says “I may or may not have just finished a serious cry session.” Just add his forlorn gaze, layered clothing, and the poster that is as plain as the Browns' uniform, and you get absolute perfection.
Boys Will Always Be Boys
One Eagles fan managed to bottle up the spirit of Philadelphia sports into just one poster. Sometimes, being a fan is not about rooting for your team. It is about disrespecting everything the opposing team stands for. And this guy managed to cover all of these bases with one shot.
Philly's hatred towards the Dallas Cowboys (and vice versa) is real. And, it is so real that the fans think there's no wrong way to diss a Cowboy. So, just because the Eagles were facing the Bears that day, didn't mean that other opponents shouldn't have a target on their back. So, this fan decided to target the former Chicago Bear quarterback Jay Cutler.
Neither Snow Nor Rain
They say what goes around comes back around. So, it's perfectly understandable that all the trash talk Philadelphia dishes out comes back. One football fan made a sign so good that even diehard Eagles fans appreciate it. After all, they don't have much choice. Finding a culprit is practically impossible since the majority of the league despises the Eagles.
However, there is one thing that unites all NFL fans, and that is the disdain for their flawed postal service. The USPS delivers that in package form perfectly, and slowly, of course. Thank backup quarterback Nick Foles for finally delivering the city its first Super Bowl since 1960. Eagles fans may finally be able to look at this without being consumed by rage.
Attending a regular NFL game is one thing. But going to the playoffs is completely different. First of all, tickets usually get sold out the moment they are made available, so fans have to try incredibly hard to get them. Sometimes, the "window of opportunity" is smaller than it appears. But for one Vikings fan, the window was wide open, and he just couldn't miss his chance.
NFL fans can be quite rough, but they always keep things classy. That is why both Cardinals and Packers fans grieved together with this kid. Instead of mocking his pain, they gave him some supportive boohoos. Let's just give the kid the benefit of the doubt and assume that it was his intention to leave out the letter "H" so it would symbolize the kicker's inability to find the uprights.
Some Fans Can Settle For Less
For most NFL fans, it's either Super Bowl or bust. However, there are a select few teams that are happy to just reach the postseason and end any brutal playoff drought they had to endure. But, even though such teams exist, every January there are so many more unhappy football fans.
Just take a look at this optimistic and lovely Green Bay Packers fan. Definitely, for this girl, the glass is always half full. She knew that pouting about the team's broken dreams wouldn't accomplish anything, so she decided to remind everyone to celebrate the Pro Bowl’s tropical weather in what’s otherwise the worst all-star weekend in professional sports.ADVERTISEMENT
Facing The Harsh Truth
Sometimes, the best thing to do is face the harsh truth. Even though the Washington Redskins aren't necessarily the worst team in the league, their fans think that they are quite bad. The good people of D.C. have to deal with taxation without representation, and their way to have some fun is rooting for the Redskins. We sure do feel sorry for them.
Washington NFL fans have suffered years of lack of success, yet still, they endure and continue to cheer for their team. Whenever they get their hopes up that the team is going back on the right track, after having a few solid games the team owner just makes sure that doesn't last.
How About Some Sunday Specials
Some fans attend NFL games to cheer on their team, while others go so they can try to score some sweet deals. For example, look at this Baltimore Ravens fan. It seems that he is mortified by the thought that NFL players going on a strike would prevent him from taking advantage of Sunday deals, or, better said, steals.
But no matter how clever his sign seems, do you really think it's possible that someone would buy four beers for $35 from him? Well, maybe if they were drunk already. How much would a bite of Dippin' Dots cost, then? Perhaps... one soul?
Things Can Always Be Worse
Sometimes, things get really bad for NFL fans. But, they can always remind themselves by thinking that someone has it worse. For example, New York Jets fans have been the target of some amazing fan rebuttals for such a long time. Their comfort? Well, at least they aren't the Jets.
“Could be worse” is the saying all fans of 30 NFL teams – sorry, not you, Cleveland – share whenever their team suffers a bad season. Well, sometimes when your team plays badly you can get something good out of it - you become more resistant to all the provocations.
Consistency Is Key
Okay, so, Jets fans may have it rough. For them, a play, game, or even one entire season might be utterly embarrassing. However, their suffering is not even close to the broken hearts and mental states that you get if you are willingly a part of the bleak existence of the Cleveland Browns.
Okay, so, Jets fans may have it rough. For them, a play, game, or even one entire season might be utterly embarrassing. However, their suffering is not even close to the broken hearts and mental states that you get if you are willingly a part of the bleak existence of the Cleveland Browns.
Watch Out For Lion’s Pride
Well, the Browns sure had a monopoly on setting the bar incredibly low for NFL. But, we mustn't forget that time when the Detroit Lions gave Cleveland a run for their money. In 2001, it seemed as if the Lions were about to surpass the Browns as the worst team in the NFL.
However, things took a turn for the better. That year, fans were so happy that they had quarterback Matthew Stafford on their team since he managed to help the Lions claw their way out of the pits of despair. This gave the Lions the chance to poke some fun at the Browns for being the first to do the only thing they do best – lose completely out of style.
Walked Right Into That One
If you take commissioner Roger Goodell and the team owners out of the equation, who is the main villain left to direct all your anger towards? It's so obvious, isn't it? We're talking about Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
After Brady’s infamous Deflategate scandal, fans from pretty much every team decided to put the Evil Empire on blast. The Indianapolis Colts got it hard, especially because they were on the wrong end of TB12’s underinflated balls. However, there were some Indy fans who took advantage of their seats. Well played guys!
It's So Bad That It’s Good
Okay, let's face it... It took an unholy amount of restraint to include signs from other fans besides those of the Cleveland Browns on this list. They say that hard times make for creative minds. And just like the struggling artists, we had to come up with something interesting and also a bit sad.
One thing we admire about the Browns is their consistency. These guys never give up. However, once they noticed that there is something wrong with their approach - since they didn't manage to win anything for years - they decided to try something new. Actually, they brought on the college teams. Just the thought of Cleveland fans roaring as the Browns take the field to face the Alabama Crimson Tide is every bit as hilarious as it is depressing.
List of Impossible Chores
If there is one NFL city we can trust to be fully prepared for whatever winter’s got, it’s Buffalo. These guys are as one with winter as possible; they know how to clear the roads and make way for Santa whenever he needs to come and do his thing. Maybe they're so good at this because they are Canada’s closest neighbors. But, despite all these thorough preparations, St. Nick still isn't able to do much.
The Bills Mafia can do everything in their power- cook up truckloads of wings, plow every single road, and ask Santa for only one thing. However, none of this matters. Not even Santa is willing to take up this type of responsibility since what the Bills are asking for is an undeliverable gift.
Would you just look at this legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback jersey? In the 1999 draft, the Browns thought they were making a good choice by picking Tim Couch as their quarterback. What they hoped would be their savior turned into a list of names that is still growing.
Just look at how many young men were a part of the team in which all dreams die. What is insane about this list is actually the last person on it - Johnny Manziel. He is definitely not the last one, because there have been at least seven more players since. In 2018, The Browns used their opportunity and picked out Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. May he be the eighth and final quarterback on this long, long list.
Oh, ladies can sometimes be so petty. This lovely Green Bay Packers fan was definitely not messing around when she took this hardcore sign to the game. Would you imagine the surprise on her ex-boyfriend's face when he saw this poster pop up on his TV? This was definitely less than a desirable surprise for him.
What do you think, is making a petty poster and baldly waving it during a game to point out what a disaster your relationship was a healthy way to move on? Nope, not really. And why do you think she combined green and red letters? Maybe the affair was some sort of a holiday fling?
A True Pittsburgh Fan
You should never underestimate the power of gods, especially football gods. And, here we have one excellent example. Look at this holy Pittsburgh Steelers fan wearing this outfit and waving his sign. During NFL games, fans all over the nation pray to God and all other higher spirits for a miracle when they need it the most. But this guy has a serious pull.
What a marvelous image this is. You see Jesus himself while he's waving one of Pittsburgh’s Terrible Towels and trying to give the coach some advice that is out of this world, literally. As silly as this seems, the advice is on point- just run the ball, guys. You don't want to upset the Big Guy up there, after all.
Making a Sign for the Sake of It
If you pay attention to the signs NFL fans make, you'll notice that there are so many different types. Some fans profess their love for a player, while others boil down hatred for someone with an interesting choice of words or images. Sometimes, fans just point out their feelings or some observations. However, there are also guys who like making signs just for the sake of it.
It may sound silly, but there is no better way to end up on TV than by making a hilarious sign. It's always lovely seeing a child at an NFL game. They seem to bring a breath of fresh air with them, along with an interesting sign. Why, yes kiddo, you truly are holding a cardboard sign. And that silly sign got you on TV. Excellent job! We just hope you'll always stay so funny because there are already too many bitter people in this world.
Dumb and Dumber
What's the best way to spot a truly rugged fan? Well, look for the one who is willing to sit through an entire Green Bay Packers game without wearing any clothes. Well, not literally any clothes, but you get the point.
Anyone who is willing to watch an entire game without wearing a shirt is just crazy or dumb. Or, maybe a mixture of both... Is anyone interested in some frostbite? On the other hand, this guy claims that there is someone even dumber than him - his brother. It seems that the poor guy is a Raiders fan on purpose. Well, you know what they say, some people just don't care about victories. However, we think that his brother is probably better off since he is soaking up the sun in California. So, who is the dumber brother here?
They Like Clowning Around
It doesn't matter how bad a certain team or player is because no one will experience as much hatred as commissioner Roger Goodell did. Maybe it was because of his disregard for the health and safety of his players or due to the fact that he acted as the team owner's patsy.
But, the players and fans are definitely united when it comes to their feelings toward the league commissioner. Do you remember the drop that spilled the cup? It was in 2016 when he opted for some questionable means to suspend the Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Then, New England fans came up with their famous rally call "Roger Goodell is a clown." Ever since then, the rallying call became accepted as a fact. The fans just gave us some sort of scientific confirmation for what we already knew was true.
Two Wrongs Really Do Make a Right
This young Vikings fan is so irresistible, and he must be crushing it in school. First of all, you can clearly see that he is a math whiz since he's dropping the double negative knowledge on us. Then, he seems to be always ready to roast someone if they try to do him wrong. What a boss!ADVERTISEMENT
But, we still have one glaring question. How is possible that this adorable NFL fan has two Cheesehads for their parents when he lives in Minnesota? Way to go, little guy, standing up to the big green. A possible explanation could be that his parents are from Green Bay. In that case, they need to get ahold of their son! Nobody is willing to tolerate such blasphemy!
First World Problems
This Broncos fan was definitely not playing around when she decided to sit down and write this sign. She clearly didn't want to make the poster look pretty, except for the color, but she came up with a message that definitely hit right in the feels.
Props for The Biggest Loser reference, because what she did was actually quite clever. But dear lord, did she have to be so brutal?! The only thing we don't like about the sign is the font. She could have made it a bit bigger so the Chiefs fan that was right in front of her didn't have to squint to read it.
Feeling a Bit Deflated
Do you know what is quite a rare occurrence during an NFL game? Capturing a smile on the face of a Bills fan. Let's face it, there aren't that many opportunities for this to happen, especially when they're playing against the Patriots. However, there is one thing the majority of the country can smile about when it comes to the Patriots.
We're talking about any pain or suffering that involves Tom Brady. When everything else fails, fans can always use some Deflategate jokes. Even if these jokes did become a bit stale, they will never stop being funny when it comes to TB12. Can you imagine being the one who breaks the news and wipes away the joy from the innocent faces of these fans? Go on, tell them that isn't clever and that the Bills stink, we dare you...
Such A Warm Philly Welcome
Oh, we love Philly so much because of their impeccable display of fandom, especially when they dish out the unparalleled love their city is famous for. In this photo, you can see some G-rated form of hostility, and it is something we can all get behind since it was a special occasion.
The sign was made for the 2017 NFL Draft, and the fans wanted to welcome the beloved commissioner properly. That year, Philadelphia was hosting the draft and this fan wanted to make sure that he was properly prepared. Every NFL fan has one duty in common and that is to mercilessly boo the commissioner. This guy wanted to make sure that, in case Goodell doesn't hear all the hate, he can see it clearly.
We All Love ’Memberberries
It's always a good time to bust a South Park reference. And apparently, it's always a good time for Patriots fans to rub their victories in everyone's faces. These little ’Memberberries got a bit nostalgic and they decided to remind everyone of their glory days and a special moment from one of Tom Brady’s many Super Bowl appearances.
It seemed that the Seattle Seahawks were about to win the game as they were running down the field in the final two minutes. There were only 27 seconds left and one yard to go. A handoff to Marshawn Lynch would ensure victory. But instead of giving Lynch some Skittles and letting the man go wild, they decided to do nothing... 'Member?
He Is So Fine
Do you remember those simple times when Chad Ochocinco went by his real name, Chad Johnson? Well, we do. Now let the nostalgia take over once you remember that back in those days football was about football and not certain individuals. And, all the celebrations would rarely go past the simple spike of football.
Well, sometimes it is better to pay attention to the individuals and not only football. For example, Mr. Ochocinco. You must know that there was enough personality between Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens that they could distribute it across a few football leagues. And, the amount of money they spent on fines they had to pay for their ridiculous celebrations could probably fund another league or two.
Are You Serious?
We all know that it took the Jaguars quite a long time to build a respectable program in Jacksonville. The journey was long and slow and the road was bumpy, but everything paid off in the end. However, there were some decisions, such as this poster, that didn't help out at all.
Back in 2012, the Jaguars actually thought that choosing a punter in the third round would be a smart idea. However, five picks later, the Seahawks took Russell Wilson off the board. Two Super Bowl appearances later, Jacksonville fans probably still feel the same as they did when this unfortunate event happened.
Who's the Real Winner?
There are about three options that can be the reason why this sign was created in the first place. So, the first option is that you're looking at an incredibly optimistic homeless person. The second one is that this girl is the most hardcore Eagles fan in Philly ever. The third option could be that all of this is a coincidence and she's talking about some other Tom Brady.
We sure do have to give this girl some credit because, in the end, Nick Foles came out of Super Bowl LII showing off the Lombardi Trophy, while Brady went home with nothing. But, again, Tom Brady did go home. So, even though he didn't take anything home with him, he still went home. So, we have to give this one to her.
Some Things Should Never Be Forgotten
You know, sometimes things just happen. And, no matter how badly we may hope to forget or get over them, we can't. For the Atlanta Falcons, this dreadful event was the loss they suffered from the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI. Sorry guys, but it was only a matter of time before someone reminded you of this.
It's difficult enough when you have to deal with Patriots fans... But, imagine having the entire league constantly reminding you of the devastating defeat. It's like living in a nightmare. What makes things even worse is when teams that haven’t even come close to a Super Bowl appearance in years still use this defeat to hurt the fans.
Watching the Wrong Football
It's not surprising to see irritated Chargers fans after Dean Spanos, the owner of the team, screwed the entire city of San Diego and his team as well. His decision to move the team to LA ranked them dead last when it comes to city support, and we're thinking of both professional and college teams.
So now, every home game became an away game for Chargers fans, and to make things worse, they are forced to play football in a soccer stadium. Basically, this guy made a sign that sums the entire situation up. Now, two remarkable players who enjoyed successful careers in a city that loved them will be forced to end their careers in a small stadium that is full of opposing fans.
It's the Other Way Around
This sign is clever and all, but there is one problem. It seems that this Cowboys fan actually forgot that we're not in the 1990s anymore. Let's face it, funny man, the Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl since 1995 and the Eagles won it all in 2017. What's up with that?
So, this Cowboys fan is bragging about winning a championship decades ago. It's the football equivalent to the Yankees fans who keep bragging about their "27 titles." Yes, that is awesome guys, but... Have you ever seen those victories? We doubt that, since, you know, they happened even before you were born...
Nothing Like a Good Trashing
There's nothing wrong with trashing everyone's favorite San Diego villain, Dean Spanos, and enjoying it. The thing is that the cost of anything sold at an NFL game will clean out your pockets. But, let's just think about that first line... It is definitely a hard pill to swallow. Buying a pair of season tickets is pricey, but spending $2,600 on Chargers tickets is insane!
It is outrageous that they have the audacity to drop those prices, especially after they have been running the team so poorly for such a long time, but we have to be fair and admit that the “silver spoon” part about Spanos is accurate. Maybe everything is just a joke and he doesn't completely understand the value of a dollar. Wait... this is not so funny anymore. Thanks again for killing the vibe, Spanos.
Go, Firefox, Go!
NFL fans do love making signs and logos, but one unusual logo that was spotted was that of the Firefox internet browser. To the majority of viewers, it didn't make much sense, but to Chicagoans it meant something. We suppose that it has to do with John Fox's tenure as a head coach from 2015 to 2017 because it ended with perhaps the worst record in team history.
In this photo, you can see that tumultuous period when the Bears were led by Fox. For three straight seasons, the team finished dead last in the NFC North. This was more than enough to bring the disappointed fans out of the woodwork all the way to Philadelphia so they could speak on Chi-Town’s behalf.
How About Some Cardboard for Lunch?
You can love your team, but it doesn't mean that you have to love all the players. A certain Panthers fan from North Carolina was certainly not satisfied with one of the team's former players. Apparently, he had a problem with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Even though Cam Newton was the team's superman, he still needed a capable receiver.
After a monster rookie season, a torn ACL seems to have been the downfall of the promising receiver. When he came back to the scene, he was looking a lot heftier and moving a lot slower. So, imagine this fan's relief when the Panthers traded Benji to Buffalo.
Everybody Hates Goodell
After both Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI, some thief somehow managed to sneak into the Patriots locker room and steal Tom Brady’s jersey. Every Pats fan knows that an overwhelming majority of the NFL hates New England. However, there is only one person who could have been capable of committing such a heinous act.
Oh, you already know who we're talking about - Robber, ahem, Roger Goodell. Nobody shows his disdain towards the Pats and Brady than the commissioner himself. The man bent over backwards to get Brady suspended. So, since we all know how petty he is, we could definitely accuse him of committing this crime.
Jesus, He’s So Good
Okay, it seems that holy appearances are quite common at the NFL games. Can you see him standing there with the common folks? Jesus, that's insane. And, what's he saying about his dad? Well, we had no idea that Cameron Wake is GOD?! They say that we learn something new every day, so how about this?
Well, of all the NFL teams, we didn't expect that God would be supporting the Miami Dolphins so hard. However, God is merciful and He always tends to those who need Him the most. Bless His soul, and bless His son’s soul for being such an avid supporter.
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A club member of the American Football Conference, the Tennessee Titans is a professional American football team from Nashville, Tennessee. The team that was previously known as the Houston Oilers joined the NFL in 1970. After relocating from Houston to Tennessee in 1997, the team played in Vanderbilt Stadium and was officially called the Tennessee Titans in 1999.
According to sports analysts, the best way to create brand equity and fan loyalty are through on-field success. Perhaps, the Titans’ rollercoaster season can be linked to the new head coach, Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel. He was hired merely five days after Mike Mularkey has been fired. As they say, only a few coaches in NFL history have been able to make a huge impact in their first season.
Los Angeles Rams
Boasting three NFL championships, Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team that holds the record as the only franchise to win championships while representing different cities. The team that was formed in 1936 plays today as a member of the National Football Conference and they are based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
This year marks the 81st of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL. The team is headed by 31-year-old Sean McVay who is the youngest head coach in NFL’s modern history. He was hired in 2017 and helped the Rams finish with an 11-5 record. The improvement has ended the franchise's 12-year playoff drought.
Kansas City Chiefs
Founded by businessman Lamar Hunt in 1960, the Kansas City Chiefs compete in the National Football League as a member of the AFC West Division. Previously known as the Dallas Texans, the team got its current name when they relocated to Kansas City, Missouri in 1963. In 1970, the team officially joined the NFL as a result of a merger.
The Kansas City Chiefs boast three AFL championships; all of them were won in the 1960s. They also became the second team to win against an NFL team in Super Bowl IV. However, despite gaining incredible success in their early years in AFL, the team who was headed today by Andy Reid had struggled to make their mark in the playoffs. In the last 12 games of their 2017-18 season, they have been defeated 11 straight times. They won their second Super Bowl in 2020 with the help of Pro Bowl quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are among the teams who joined the NFL as part of the expansion for the 1995 season. Since joining the league as a club member of the American Football Conference South Division, the Jaguars have won two division championships. In over three decades in the league, the team has qualified for the playoffs seven times. After a ten-season playoff drought, their seventh playoffs appearance was made by the team in 2017.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently headed by Doug Marrone and among the most famous players are Trevor Lawrence and Tim Tebow. However, despite being able to get a lot of 10 draft picks over the years, the Jaguars have trouble turning these picks to their advantage.
The Cleveland Browns is a franchise founded by Coach Paul Brown and businessman Arthur McBride in 1945. The team that’s based in Cleveland, Ohio plays in the NFL as a member of the North Division of the American Football Conference. The Cleveland Browns are considered unique among the 32 teams competing in the NFL as they are the only one that has no logo on their helmets. The official colors of the team are brown, white, and orange.
The Cleveland Browns joined the NFL in 1949 and secured a championship in their inaugural season. The first ten years of the team’s existence were glorious. However, after that decade, the Browns have struggled to find their success. This year, the team suffered 37 losses out of 40 games which led to the termination of their head coach, Hue Jackson. The Cleveland Browns compete in the season with Gregg Williams on an interim basis. The team is now trying their luck with head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers were charter members of the American Football League who started to play in 1960. They officially joined the National Football League in 1970. Since the team’s inception, they have appeared thirteen times in the playoffs and managed to compete four times in the AFC Championship game.
However, since their relocation to San Diego in 1961, the team carried the name of the San Diego Chargers. It was only in the 2017 season when their return to Los Angeles had been announced. On that same day, Anthony Lynn was hired as the new head coach of the team. However, the relocation after almost six decades was surrounded by controversy. Even columnists from Los Angeles wrote that the people do not want the returning team in the city.
The Cincinnati Bengals were founded in 1966 by Paul Brown. This football franchise is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and they are competing in the NFL as a member club of AFC North Division. The team’s head coach is Marvin Lewis and he has held the position since 2003.
The team was able to get the AFC championship in 1981 and 1988. However, the San Francisco 49ers had snatched their dreams away at the Super Bowls XVI and XXIII. After the franchise owner’s death in 1991, the controlling interest for the Bengals was inherited by Paul’s son, Mike Brown. In 2003, the Bengals came strong again in the NFL and were considered as the dark horse in Super Bowl. It was the same year when Marvin Lewis was chosen as the head coach and was just recently replaced by Zac Taylor.
Previously known as the Morgan Athletic Club which was formed in 1898, the Arizona Cardinals are considered the oldest professional football team in the United States. The amateur football team officially joined the NFL in 1920 and is still active in the league up to this day.
The Arizona Cardinals have two NFL championships to their name. However, since their last win in 1947, the team had suffered losing seasons seventy times straight! Aside from having the record of the longest active championship drought in the NFL, the Cardinals also became the first-ever franchise to lose 700 games since its inception in NFL’s history.
The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team that competes in the NFL as a member of the NFC North Division. The team that was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota joined the league in 1960 as part of the expansion team. The Vikings had their first season in 1961. In the first years, the team struggled just like any other that was common for an expansion franchise. However, in 1968, the Minnesota Vikings had won their first-ever Central Division title.
Currently, the Vikings are headed by Michael Zimmer. In the 2017 season, the team attempted to make history as the first-ever team to play the Super Bowl on their home stadium, the U.S Bank Stadium. The Vikings had played and won against the New Orleans Saints which was referred to as the Minneapolis Miracle. However, the victorious team was cut short by the Philadelphia Eagles who were considered as the eventual Super Bowl Champion.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a club member of the National Football Conference South Division. The team joined the National Football League in 1976 as one of the expansion teams. However, the Buccaneers had played their first season as a member of the AFC West Division. It was only in 2002 when the Bucs joined three teams from the NFC West Division to form the NFC South. Currently, the team is based in Tampa, Florida and they play their home games at Raymond James Stadium.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their most glorious year in the 1979 NFL season. They are the first post-merger expansion team to win a division title as well as to win a playoff game. Moreover, they hosted and played in a conference championship game. However, after having these records, the Bucs suffered 14 consecutive losing seasons. In 2002, after a decade of championship drought, the team went on the playoffs and won Super Bowl XXXVII. Today, the team is headed by the previous offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
The Houston Texans are the youngest active franchise in the National Football League. Founded by Bob McNair, the Texans replaced the Houston Oilers, the city’s previous NFL franchise. Their first NFL season was in 2002 and they played like an expansion team. However, the Texans had struggled in their first decade as a team and only found later success in the 2011 season.
Since the team’s first division championship in 2011, the Texans went on to win four more AFC South division titles. However, they are also the only NFL franchise that had never made it to a conference championship game up to this day.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders team was founded on January 30, 1960. It was in September of the same year when they had their first regular season, playing as a charter member of the American Football League. The first three years on the team were marred by struggles and poor performance. In 1963, Al Davis was hired as the head coach and significant improvements within the team were seen since then. Eventually, Al Davis became the owner of the franchise.ADVERTISEMENT
The Raiders are popular for their distinctive culture and extensive fan base. However, the team plans to remain in Oakland through 2018 and possibly 2019 before relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. They are only waiting for the completion of their new stadium.
The Detroit Lions were previously called the Portsmouth Spartans. They were originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio, and officially joined the NFL in 1930. The team performed greatly in the early seasons. However, they could not survive in their hometown which was the smallest city in NFL.
In 1934, the team was purchased and relocated to Detroit. Since then, the Lions went on to win four NFL championships. However, their last title was in 1957 which gives them the longest NFL championship drought next to Arizona Cardinals. Moreover, they are one of the four active teams in the NFL that have not yet appeared in the Super Bowl. Today, the Detroit Lions play their home games at Ford Field, headed by Matt Patricia.
The Carolina Panthers play in the National Football League as a member club of the NFC South Division. The team is based in Uptown Charlotte and they play their home games in the Bank of America Stadium. Only a few teams in NFL own a stadium and the Panthers are one of them.
In 1993, the Carolina Panthers were announced as the 29th franchise in NFL and they had their first season under the founder and owner Jerry Richardson. The Panthers boast a record of having played in four NFC championship games, reaching the playoffs seven times, six division titles, and two Super Bowls. In July 2018, the franchise was purchased by businessman David Tepper from Richardson.
The Buffalo Bills compete in the NFL as a member club of the American Football Conference East Division. They are headquartered in Orchard Park, New York and they play their home games at New Era Field. They are the only team in the NFL franchise to play its home games in the state of New York.
The Buffalo Bills joined the NFL as a result of the merger in 1970. However, the team has been playing as an original AFC franchise since 1960. The team won back-to-back AFC championships in 1964 and 1965. Moreover, the Bills hold the record of being the only team to win four conference championships consecutively. However, they are also the team that has a record of four straight losses in Super Bowl games.
Based in Seattle, Washington, the Seahawks play in the NFL as a member of the National Football Conference West Division. The team officially joined the league in 1976 as an expansion team. Until 1999, the team played their home games in the Kingdome. In 2002, the team began to play their games at Century Link Field.
In NFL’s modern history, the fans of the Seattle Hawks are known as the 12th Man. They hold a Guinness World record for giving out the loudest crowd noise which was recorded at 136.6 decibels. Later on, the Seahawks’ fans broke their own record by creating a crowd noise that was registered at 137.6 decibels. The wide support can be attributed to the wide geographical area as the team is known as the only franchise headquartered in the Pacific Northwest Region of North America.