In sports today, no matter if it’s college or pro, team logos are all over the place……uniforms, hats, jackets, posters, shirts, collectibles, and everywhere within stadiums and arenas across the world. A simple logo is critical in marketing for a team and fan support as well sometimes. Some teams have had the same logo for decades upon decades, while some seem to change fairly often and can’t seem to ever get it right. When you think the New York Yankees, the intertwined “N” and “Y” comes to mind. The Dallas Cowboys have always had their star. The Boston Celtics have their leprechaun spinning a basketball. So in this installment of the “Top 7″ series, we are going back in time….a little “old school” if you will. With the NFL being the golden goose of pro sports in America, let’s take a look at some of their most classic logos from yesteryear. This Top 7 list factored in things like popularity, colors, how memorable it is, and how unique it was. So, from 7th to 1st, here are the “Top 7″ old school NFL team logos…..
7 – Philadelphia Eagles - They used this one in the 70′s and 80′s, and it’s pretty classic. This fearsome eagle was a bird nobody wanted to mess with, as it obviously just swooped down and recovered a fumble. Philly used this lighter green color before they went darker in the 90′s. This logo makes me think of those teams with Ron Jaworski and Herm Edwards. Good looking, simple logo.
6 – Buffalo Bills - Can you look at this logo and not think of O.J. Simpson? I mean, before he was in court, and then jail. This buffalo is about as simple as it gets…red, with a white dot letting you know where his eye is. It’s not that this one is fierce or anything like that. In fact, this buffalo appears to be tired, or old, or just looking for somewhere to take a nap. The Bills went with a more imposing buffalo in the 80′s, one that looks quite a bit faster too. I still think the old one was tough and strong, even if he did sleep a lot.
5 – Kansas City Chiefs - Well, where do i begin here? The Chiefs used this one in the 60′s, and needless to say, it would not be accepted very well today. This is one wild looking indian. The fact that he is wielding a tomahawk, with nothing more than a towel and red moccasins on, yet tightly gripping a football is quite interesting. I am pretty sure not too many defenders tackled this guy, in fear of getting cut wide open, or the possibility of that towel coming off. For all the reasons listed, this logo is a classic one for sure.
4 – Houston Oilers - Before moving to Tennessee, Houston’s team had this classic look of an oil rig. The memories of Earl Campbell running over defenders is what I envision with this logo. The team was generally bad, but had a very good following in the old Astrodome. The light blue was cool, and unique when most teams went with a much darker blue.
3 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Simply put, this buccaneer was one tough hombre. He had a knife is his mouth, and obviously had many battles out at sea. The wink he gave always let ya know everything was cool, and he had it all under control. This guy probably scored a lot with the ladies, because back in the 70′s sideburns like his were all the rage. I miss the old creamsicle orange, as Tampa uses a much darker orange and pewter as their colors now. The logo is a flag now….really? a flag? Not very intimidating if ya ask me.
2 – Denver Broncos - Our beloved bucking Bronco from the 70′s and 80′s! This one is still cool, and has such a classic look. This horse is in quite an uproar, and the snorting just adds to its toughness. I would not want to get near this guy, as a painful kick to the face may be in order. A great logo for our old “Orange Crush” defenses back in the day.
1 – New England Patriots - What a classic logo, as this patriot was one fearsome son of a gun. Not only is he about to hike the ball, but I have a feeling he is looking to do some damage right afterwards too. The menacing look on his face, combined with a very muscular build, meant nobody wanted to get in his way. The red, white, and blue was obviously key to the overall look as well. The logo they went to in the 90′s is really good too, just a bit more modern. The old logo reminds me of New England getting destroyed by the Bears in the Super Bowl, the new one is all about Tom Brady and the three Super Bowl trophies.
Denver Sports Chat by J Simp