NFL Major League Teams Timeline 1920-present
|American Pro Football Association 1920-1921|
|2||Chicago Bears||1920-present |
|3||Green Bay Packers||1921-present|
|4||New York Giants||1921; 1924-1973 |
|National Football League Era 1922-1959|
|6||Portsmouth Spartans||1930-1933 |
|7||Boston Braves||1932 |
|8||Boston Redskins||1933-1936 |
|10||Pittsburgh Pirates||1933-1939 |
|12||St. Louis Gunners||1933|
|13||Detroit Lions||1934-present |
|14||Green Bay Packers (Milwaukee)||1935-1984 |
|15||Phildelphia Eagles (Johnstown, PA)||1936 *|
|16||Washington Redskins||1937-present |
|17||Cleveland Rams||1937-1944 |
|18||Philadelphia Eagles (Buffalo)||1938 *|
|19||Philadelphia Eagles (Erie, PA)||1938 *|
|20||Pittsburgh Steelers (Charleston, West Virginia)||1938 *|
|21||Cleveland Rams (Colorado Springs)||1939 *|
|22||Pittsburgh Steelers||1940-present |
|23||Cleveland Rams (Akron)||1942 *|
|24||Phil-Pitt Steagles||1943 |
|28||Los Angeles Rams||1946-1981 |
|29||New York Bulldogs||1949|
|30||Cleveland Browns AAFC||1950-1995 |
|31||San Francisco 49’ers||1950-2013 |
|32||Baltimore Colts||1950-1951 |
|American Football League Era 1950-1988|
|33||New York Yanks||1950-1951|
|35||Baltimore Colts||1953-1981 |
|36||Dallas Texans||1960-1962 |
|38||Houston Oilers||1960-1995 |
|39||Los Angeles Chargers||1960 |
|40||New York Titans||1960-1962 |
|42||Boston Patriots||1960-1969 |
|44||Oakland Raiders||1960-1981 |
|45||St. Louis Cardinals||1960-1987 |
|47||San Diego Chargers||1961-2018 |
|48||Kansas City Chiefs||1963-present|
|49||New York Jets||1963-present|
|52||Boston Patriots (Birmingham)||1968 *|
|53||New Orleans Saints||1968-present|
|55||Miami Dolphins (Tampa)||1969 *|
|56||New England Patriots||1971-present |
|57||New York Giants (New Haven, Conn.)||1973-1975 |
|58||New York Giants (New Jersey)||1976-present |
|59||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1976-present|
|61||Indianapolis Colts||1982-present |
|62||Los Angeles Raiders||1982-1994 |
|63||Los Angeles Rams (Anaheim)||1982-1994 |
|64||New York Jets (New Jersey)||1984-present |
|National Football League Europe Era 1988-2005|
|65||Phoenix Cardinals||1988-1993 |
|66||Barcelona Dragons||1991-1992; 1995-2003|
|68||Frankfurt Galaxy||1991-1992; 1995-2007|
|69||London Monarchs||1991-1992; 1995-1997|
|71||New York / New Jersey Knights||1991-1992|
|75||San Antonio Riders||1991-1992|
|77||Arizona Cardinals||1994-present |
|83||St. Louis Rams||1995-2018 |
|84||Oakland Raiders||1995-2019 |
|86||Tennessee Oilers||1997 |
|87||England Monarchs (Birmingham)||1998|
|88||England Monarchs (Bristol)||1998|
|89||England Monarchs (London)||1998|
|90||Tennessee Titans||1998 |
|92||Cleveland Browns (AFC)||1999-present |
|95||New Orleans Saints (Baton Rouge)||2005 |
|96||New Orleans Saints (San Antonio)||2005 |
|National Football League International Era 2005-|
|97||Arizona Cardinals (Mexico City)||2005 |
|98||Hamburg Sea Devils||2006|
|99||Jacksonville Jaguars (London)||2007-present |
|100||Buffalo Bills (Toronto)||2008-2013 |
|101||San Francisco 49’ers (Santa Clara)||2014-present|
|102||Los Angeles Chargers||2019-present |
|103||Los Angeles Rams||2019-present |
|104||Las Vegas Raiders||2020-present |
 Originally founded as Decatur Staleys (1920). Became Chicago Staleys (1921) and Bears (1922)
 The NFL counts the New York Giants of 1921 and 1924 as separate teams.
 Portsmouth Spartans became Detroit Lions in 1934.
 Boston Braves became Boston Redskins 1933 and Washington Redskins 1937.
 Pittsburgh Pirates became Pittsburgh Steelers 1940.
 Green Bay Packers played around half their home games in Milwaukee from 1935-1984.
 Cleveland Rams became Los Angeles Rams 1945.
 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh played as joint team due to player shortage during WWII. Known as Phil-Pitt and knicknamed “Steagles” by fans.
 Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh played as a joint team in 1944 also due to a player shortage. Known as Card-Pitt.
 Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49’ers and Baltimore Colts joined NFL from All-America Football Conference (1946-1949)
 NFL considers Baltimore Colts of 1951 & 1953 as separate teams.
 Dallas Texans became Kansas City Chiefs in 1963.
 Moved to Memphis and became Tennessee Oilers in 1996. name retired by NFL.
 Los Angeles Chargers moved to San Diego in 1961.
 Minneapolis were awarded a team for the AFL in 1960, but later resigned from the League and were awarded a team for the NFL to begin play in 1961.
 New York Titans changed name to New York Jets 1963.
 Boston Patriots moved outside Boston in Massachusetts in 1970 and changed name to New England Patriots.
 Oakland Raiders moved to Los Angeles (Anaheim) in 1982.
 Chicago Cardinals became St. Louis Cardinals in 1960.
 San Diego Chargers moved back to Los Angeles in 2019.
 New York Giants moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 1973, and East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1975.
 Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1982.
 Los Angeles Rams moved to Anaheim in 1982.
 New York Jets moved into Giants Stadium, New Jersey in 1984.
 St. Louis Cardinals moved to Phoenix in 1988 and then moved to Tempe, Arizona and became Arizona Cardinals in 1994.
 Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis 1995.
 Los Angeles Raiders moved back to Oakland 1995.
 Houston Oilers moved to Memphis becoming the Tennessee Oilers in 1997.
 Tennessee Oilers moved to Nashville becoming Tennessee Titans in 1998.
 The Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996, and were renamed the Ravens. The NFL placed a new team in Cleveland in 1999, and gave them the Cleveland Browns name and history.
 The New Orleans Saints played their Home matches in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) and San Antonio (Texas) in 2005 due to the Super Dome in New Orleans being unplayable as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
 The Arizona Cardinals were the designated Home Team for an NFL International Regular Season match in Mexico City in 2005.
 The Jacksonville Jaguars were the designated Home Team for NFL International Regular Season matches in London from 2007 to present. nicknamed the “Union Jags” by fans.
 The Buffalo Bills were the designated Home Team for NFL International Regular Season matches in Toronto from 2008 to 2013.
 St. Louis Rams moved back to Los Angeles in 2019.
 Oakland Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020.
*Single Home match played at the venue indicated.
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 Pro Football Archives (2019) 1938 | American Football League [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/1938.html [Accessed 12 October 2019]
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 World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 1998 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id173.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]
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 National Football League (2019) Division Standings | 2019 | Preseason [Internet] Available from: https://www.nfl.com/standings/division/2019/PRE [Accessed 12 August 2019]
Thanks to Decy Maher and John Kane.
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