The Washington Redskins, underneath mounting strain from the skin, will think about altering the group’s identify. Team proprietor Daniel Snyder is reviewing the group’s identify whereas contemplating doable replacements, and lists detailing new doable names for Washington’s franchise have already been created, together with this one by CBS Sports NFL author Jared Dubin.
Although Washington would turn into the primary NFL group this century to alter names, they would not be the primary franchise to take action. In reality, greater than a fourth of right this moment’s NFL groups modified names in some unspecified time in the future throughout their existence. Here’s a have a look at the notable NFL group identify adjustments which have taken place over time.
Boston Braves turned Washington Redskins
After only one yr because the Braves, the franchise was renamed to the Redskins in 1933, 4 years earlier than the group moved from Boston to Washington. The purpose for the identify change was easy: Boston’s new coach, Lone Star Dietz, and a number of other of his Native American gamers disliked the identify Braves and lobbied for the group to alter its identify to the Redskins. The franchise has saved the Redskins as its identify till now.
Upon shifting his group from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1996, then-team-owner Art Modell determined to host a contest to find out the franchise’s new identify. After whittling their choices down to a few names, the Ravens — an ode to the late poet Edgar Allan Poe — beat out the Americans and Marauders. The franchise not solely modified its identify nevertheless it additionally retired all the franchise’s previous information from its time in Cleveland. Those information have been transferred over to Cleveland’s growth group in 1999, which known as themselves the Browns.
One of the AFL’s first franchises, the Dallas Texans, led by Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram, gained the league title in 1962. But regardless of their on-field success, the Texans have been struggling to draw massive crowds, because the group was competing with the crosstown Cowboys for followers. With his group struggling to make ends meet, group proprietor Lamar Hunt moved the franchise to Kansas City, the place it modified its group identify to the Chiefs. The franchise continued its profitable methods in its new metropolis, capturing a second AFL title in 1966 earlier than turning into the second AFL group to win the Super Bowl on the finish of the 1969 season.
The Bears’ authentic identify was the Staleys, named after Augustus Staley, the group’s authentic proprietor and founder. After enjoying their inaugural season in Decatur, Staley and coach George Halas agreed to have the group play video games in Chicago in an effort to draw greater crowds, securing a lease with Wrigley Field. The Chicago Staleys had speedy success of their new house, profitable the franchise’s first championship in 1921. The following season, Halas, following Staley’s departure from the group, renamed the franchise the Bears, which has remained the group’s identify over the previous 98 years.
The AFL’s first champion, the Oilers gained back-to-back titles earlier than shedding within the AFL championship to the Dallas Texans in 1962. The Oilers made the playoffs 12 extra occasions (together with three journeys to the convention title sport) earlier than the franchise moved from Houston to Nashville in 1997. The franchise saved its group identify till 1999 when then-owner Bud Adams picked the identify Titans amongst an inventory of choices. The Titans loved speedy success, advancing to the franchise’s first Super Bowl that season.
New York’s AFL group, based in 1960, was named the Titans as a result of proprietor Harry Wismer believed that titans have been superior to the Giants, town’s established professional soccer group. The Titans have been something however superior, nevertheless, because the franchise misplaced cash whereas failing to submit a profitable season throughout its first three seasons. Things rotated in 1963 when Sonny Werblin headed a bunch that purchased the franchise. That yr, Werblin modified the group’s colours to inexperienced and white in honor of his St. Patrick’s Day birthday. He additionally renamed the group the Jets in honor of the America’s area age. Fittingly, the identical yr Neil Armstrong turned the primary man to land on the moon, the Jets turned the primary AFL group to win the Super Bowl, as Joe Namath and his teammates shocked the Colts in Super Bowl III.
Team founder Art Rooney initially gave his group the identical identify as Pittsburgh’s baseball group. But after seven unsuccessful years because the Pirates, Rooney — after selling a “name the team contest” within the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — selected to rename his group the Steelers. Outside of two seasons, the franchise has continued to be known as the Steelers, an ode to Pittsburgh’s metal mill historical past.
During World War II, the Eagles and Steelers merged collectively for one season. Known because the Steagles, the group went 5-4-1 through the 1943 season. The Eagles returned to their authentic kind the next season, whereas the Steelers merged with the Chicago Cardinals for a yr earlier than venturing again out on their very own in 1945.
Portsmouth Spartans turned Detroit Lions
Despite their on-field success (the Spartans posted an 11-Three document in 1932, their second season), the franchise was struggling financially after 4 seasons. in 1934, a bunch that was headlined by radio govt George Richards bought the franchise for $8,000. Richards instantly moved the franchise to Detroit the place he renamed the group the Lions, an ode to town’s baseball group, the Tigers.