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    NFL Franchise Year-by-Year Genealogy History

    NFL Franchise Year-by-Year Genealogy
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    1920
    The American Professional Football Association was formally organized to begin play in fall of 1920. Jim Thorpe of Canton is elected APFA president and membership fee is set at $100 per franchise. The original teams are:
    Canton Bulldogs
    Cleveland Tigers
    Dayton Triangles
    Akron Professionals
    Rochester (N.Y.) Jeffersons
    Rock Island Independents
    Muncie Flyers
    Decatur Staleys
    Chicago Cardinals
    Hammond Pros
    Later, the Buffalo All-Americans, Chicago Tigers, Columbus Panhandles and Detroit Heralds joined the league prior to the 1920 season.
    The Chicago Tigers fold between the 1920 and 1921 seasons.

    1921
    The APFA is reorganized with Joe Carr elected league president

    The Decatur Staleys moved to Chicago but retain the name Staleys

    Teams that join the APFA for the 1921 season:

    Green Bay Packers
    Cincinnati Celts (play 1921 season only)
    Minneapolis Marines
    Evansville Crimson Giants
    Tonawanda Kardex (AKA Lumbermen - play 1921 season only)
    Washington Senators (play 1921 season only)
    New York Brickleys Giants (play 1921 season only)
    Louisville Brecks
    Teams that fold between 1921 and 1922 seasons:
    New York Brickleys Giants
    Washington Senators
    Tonawanda Kardex
    Cleveland Tigers
    Muncie Flyers
    Cincinnati Celts
    Detroit Heralds
    1922
    The APFA changes its name to the National Football League
    The Chicago Staleys change their name to the Chicago Bears

    Teams that join the NFL for the 1922 season:

    Milwaukee Badgers
    Marion Oorang Indians
    Racine Legion
    Toledo Maroons
    Teams that fold between the 1922 and 1923 seasons:
    Columbus Panhandles
    Evansville Crimson Giants
    1923
    Teams that enter the NFL for the 1923 season:
    Columbus Tigers
    Duluth Kelleys
    St. Louis All-Stars (play only the 1923 season)
    Cleveland Indians (play only the 1923 season)
    NFL teams that fold between the 1923 and 1924 seasons:
    Canton Bulldogs
    Cleveland Indians
    Louisville Brecks
    Marion Oorang Indians
    Racine Legion
    St. Louis All-Stars
    Toledo Maroons
    1924
    Buffalo All-Americans change their name to Buffalo Bisons
    Teams that join the NFL for the 1924 season:

    Cleveland Bulldogs
    Frankford Yellow Jackets
    Kansas City Blues
    Kenosha Maroons (play 1924 season only)
    Teams that fold between the 1924 and 1925 seasons:
    Kenosha Maroons
    Minneapolis Marines
    Columbus Tigers
    1925
    The Kansas City Blues change their name to the Kansas City Cowboys
    The Canton Bulldogs re-enter the NFL after an inactive 1924 season

    Racine Legion is inactive for 1925 season

    Teams that join the NFL for the 1925 season:

    New York Giants
    Providence Steam Roller
    Pottsville Maroons
    Detroit Panthers
    Teams that fold between the 1925 and 1926 seasons:
    Cleveland Bulldogs
    Rochester Jeffersons
    The Rock Island Independents leave the NFL for the rival AFL at end of the season
    1926
    The Buffalo Bisons change their name to the Buffalo Rangers

    Teams that join the NFL for the 1926 season:

    Hartford Blues
    Brooklyn Lions
    Los Angeles Buccaneers
    The Akron Pros change their name to the Akron Indians
    The Racine Tornadoes (formerly the Racine Legion) re-enter the NFL
    The Duluth Kelleys become the Duluth Eskimos
    The Louisville Colonels (formerly the Louisville Brecks) re-enter the NFL as a road team out of Chicago
    Teams that fold between the 1926 and 1927 seasons:
    Kansas City Cowboys
    Los Angeles Buccaneers
    Buffalo Rangers
    Detroit Panthers
    Hartford Blues
    Brooklyn Lions
    Milwaukee Badgers
    Akron Indians
    Racine Tornadoes
    Columbus Tigers
    Canton Bulldogs
    Hammond Pros
    Louisville Colonels
    1927
    Teams that join the NFL for the 1927 season:
    Cleveland Bulldogs (play only the 1927 season)
    New York Yankees
    Teams that fold between the 1927 and 1928 seasons:
    Buffalo Bison
    Cleveland Bulldogs
    Duluth Eskimos
    1928
    The Detroit Wolverines are granted an NFL franchise but play only the 1928 season (the Wolverines have the best lifetime winning percentage (.778) of any franchise in NFL history)
    The New York Yankees fold at end of the season

    1929
    Teams that join the NFL for the 1929 season:

    Buffalo Bisons (play 1929 season only)
    Minneapolis Red Jackets
    Staten Island Stapletons
    Orange Tornadoes
    Boston Bulldogs (play only 1929 season -- the Bulldogs were in reality the Pottsville Maroons relocated, inactive for the 1928 season)
    Teams that fold between the 1929 and 1930 seasons:
    Dayton Triangles
    Buffalo Bisons
    Boston Bulldogs
    1930
    Teams that join the NFL for the 1930 season:
    Portsmouth Spartans
    Brooklyn Dodgers
    The Orange Tornadoes change their name to the Newark Tornadoes
    Teams that fold between the 1930 and 1931 seasons:
    Minneapolis Red Jackets
    Newark Tornadoes
    1931
    The Cleveland Indians join the NFL (play 1931 season only)
    The Frankford Yellow Jackets disband during 1932 season

    Teams that fold between the 1931 and 1932 seasons:

    Cleveland Indians
    Providence Steam Roller
    1932
    The Boston Braves join the NFL for the 1932 season
    The Staten Island Stapletons fold between the 1932 and 1933 seasons

    1933
    The Boston Braves changed their name to the Boston Redskins

    Teams that join the NFL for the 1933 season:

    Pittsburgh Pirates
    Cincinnati Reds
    Philadelphia Eagles
    1934
    The NFL splits into divisions as follows: EASTERN DIVISION
    Boston Redskins
    Brooklyn Dodgers
    New York Giants
    Philadelphia Eagles
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    WESTERN DIVISION
    Chicago Bears
    Chicago Cardinals
    Cincinnati Reds
    Green Bay Packers
    Portsmouth Spartans


    The Portsmouth Spartans move to Detroit and are named the Detroit Lions.

    The Cincinnati Reds are allowed to move to St. Louis and become the St. Louis Gunners, folding after 1934 season

    1937
    The Cleveland Rams are awarded an NFL franchise in the Western Division

    The Boston Redskins move to Washington

    1941
    The Pittsburgh Pirates are renamed the Pittsburgh Steelers

    1943
    The Cleveland Rams suspend operations for the 1943 season

    The Eagles and Steelers merge for one season to the Phil-Pitt Steagles

    1944
    The Cardinals and Steelers merge for 1944 season. They were called Card-Pitt and play in the Western Division

    1944
    The Brooklyn Dodgers were renamed the Brooklyn Tigers

    The Boston Yanks are granted an NFL franchise and added to the Eastern Division

    1945
    The Brooklyn Tigers merge into the Boston Yanks merge for one year

    1946
    The Cleveland Rams move to Los Angeles

    The Brooklyn team was formally disbanded. The owner went on to launch the AAFC, a rival league.

    1949
    The Boston Yanks move to New York and become the New York Bulldogs for the 1949 season

    The AAFC dissolves after the 1949 season and the Browns, ***** and Colts move into the NFL for the 1950 season. The remaining AAFC players are spread throughout the NFL via draft.

    1950
    The New York Bulldogs change their name to the New York Yanks

    The NFL establishes the following alignment: AMERICAN CONFERENCE
    Chicago Cardinals
    Cleveland Browns
    New York Giants
    Philadelphia Eagles
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Washington Redskins
    San Francisco *****
    NATIONAL CONFERENCE
    Baltimore Colts
    Chicago Bears
    Detroit Lions
    Green Bay Packers
    Los Angeles Rams
    New York Yanks




    The Baltimore Colts folds after 1950 season

    1952
    The New York Yankees fold; the NFL sells the assets of the Yanks to a Dallas group to become the Dallas Texans and begin play in 1952

    The Dallas franchise folds, is taken over by the NFL midseason and plays out the rest of their season as a road team

    1953
    The NFL formally reinstates the dead Dallas Texans franchise as the Baltimore Colts

    1959
    The AFL is formally organized with the charter members: EASTERN DIVISION
    Boston Patriots
    Buffalo Bills
    Houston Oilers
    New York Titans
    WESTERN DIVISION
    Dallas Texans
    Denver Broncos
    Los Angeles Chargers


    A franchise in the Twin Cities is to be added before play beings in 1960

    1960
    The Dallas Cowboys franchise awarded by the NFL to begin play in the Eastern Conference in 1960

    Twin Cities is also awarded a franchise by the NFL, which is later named the Minnesota Vikings and begins play in the Western Conference in 1961

    The AFL Minnesota team is withdrawn due to the planned NFL expansion there in the Twin Cities

    The Oakland Raiders are awarded an AFL franchise into the Western Division to replace Minnesota

    The Chicago Cardinals move to St. Louis

    The AFL begins league play

    1961
    The Los Angeles Chargers move to San Diego

    The AFL approves expansion into Atlanta for 1961

    The AFL approves expansion into Chicago for 1961

    1963
    The Titans are renamed the Jets

    The Texans move to Kansas City and are named the Chiefs

    1965
    The NFL awarded Atlanta a new franchise to begin play in the Eastern Conference in 1966

    Miami is awarded a franchise by the AFL and is named the Dolphins by contest. It is to begin play in the Eastern Division in 1966.

    1966
    The NFL and AFL effectively merge with plans to go to a 2 conference 4 division setup in 1970 or after.

    New Orleans is awarded a franchise by the NFL, to be later named the Saints and to begin play in the Eastern Conference in 1967

    Atlanta is moved to the Western Conference. For the 1967 season, the conferences will be split up as follows:
    EASTERN CONFERENCE CAPITOL DIVISION
    Dallas Cowboys
    New Orleans Saints
    Philadelphia Eagles
    Washington Redskins
    CENTURY DIVISION
    Cleveland Browns
    New York Giants
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    St. Louis Cardinals

    WESTERN CONFERENCE CENTRAL DIVISION
    Chicago Bears
    Detroit Lions
    Green Bay Packers
    Minnesota Vikings
    COSTAL DIVISION
    Atlanta Falcons
    Baltimore Colts
    Los Angeles Rams
    San Francisco *****

    New York will move to the Capitol Division for 1968, then back to the Century Division for 1969. Likewise, New Orleans will move to the Century Division for 1968, then back to the Capitol Division for 1969.

    1967
    The Cincinnati Bengals franchise was awarded by the AFL to begin play in the Western Division in 1968.

    1970
    The NFL and AFL merge their schedules and go to the current two conference, six division format. The AFL becomes the AFC with the Steelers, Browns and Colts moved there from the NFL. The rest of the NFL becomes the NFC. This is the only time a rival league has successfully merged with the NFL.

    The NFL is now aligned as follows (modern format):
    AMERICAN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION
    Baltimore Colts
    Boston Patiots
    Buffalo Bills
    Miami Dolphins
    New York Jets
    CENTRAL DIVISION
    Cincinnati Bengals
    Cleveland Browns
    Houston Oilers
    Pittsburgh Steelers

    WEST DIVISION
    Denver Broncos
    Kansas City Cheifs
    Oakland Raiders
    San Diego Chargers


    NATIONAL CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION
    Dallas Cowboys
    New York Giants
    Philadelphia Eagles
    St. Louis Cardinals
    Washington Redskins
    CENTRAL DIVISION
    Chicago Bears
    Detroit Lions
    Green Bay Packers
    Minnesota Vikings

    WEST DIVISION
    Atlanta Falcons
    New Orleans Saints
    Los Angeles Rams
    San Francisco *****




    1971
    The Boston Patriots move to Foxboro and are renamed the New England Patriots

    1974
    Tampa Bay is awarded a franchise by the NFL and begins play in 1976 in the AFC West and switch to the NFC Central in 1977

    Seattle is awarded a franchise by the NFL and begins play in 1976 in the NFC West and switch to the AFC West in 1977

    1976
    Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin play

    1977
    Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers switch to current conferences (Seahawks to the AFC West and Buccaneers to NFC Central)

    1982
    The Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles

    1984
    The Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis

    1988
    The St. Louis Cardinals move to Phoenix

    1993
    The Carolina Panthers are awarded an NFL franchise to begin play in 1995

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are awarded an NFL franchise to begin play in 1995

    1994
    The Phoenix Cardinals are renamed the Arizona Cardinals

    1995
    The Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis

    The Los Angeles Raiders move back to Oakland

    1996
    The Cleveland Browns move to Baltimore to begin play in 1996 as the Baltimore Ravens (however, the city of Cleveland retains the rights to the Browns name, logo, team colors and memorabilia rights)

    1997
    The Houston Oilers move to Memphis and become the Tennessee Oilers

    1998
    Cleveland granted franchise, to be named the Cleveland Browns, and will begin play in 1999

    The Tennessee Oilers move from Memphis to Nashville.

    The New England Patriots announce their intention to move to Hartford


    Entry of Current Teams into the NFL
    1920 - Decatur Staleys (now Chicago Bears) and Chicago Cardinals (now Arizona Cardinals)

    1921 - Green Bay Packers

    1925 - New York Giants

    1930 - Portsmouth-OH Spartans (now Detroit Lions)

    1932 - Boston Braves (now Washington Redskins)

    1933 - Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers)

    1937 - Cleveland Rams (now St. Louis)

    1950 - Added AAFC's Cleveland Browns and San Francisco *****

    1953 - Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis)

    1960 - Dallas Cowboys

    1961 - Minnesota Vikings

    1966 - Atlanta Falcons

    1967 - New Orleans Saints

    1970 - Added AFL's Boston Patriots (now New England), Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals (1968 expansion team), Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins (1966 expansion team), New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers (the AFL-NFL merger divided the league into two 13-team conferences with old-line NFL clubs Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh moving to the AFC)

    1976 - Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    1995 - Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars

    1997 - Baltimore Ravens


    Defunct NFL Franchises
    Akron (Ohio) - Pros (1920-25) and Indians (1926)

    Baltimore - Colts (1950)

    Boston - Bulldogs (1926) and Yanks (1944-48)

    Brooklyn - Lions (1926), Dodgers (1930-43) and Tigers (1944)

    Buffalo - All-Americans (1921-23), Bisons (1924-25), Rangers (1926) and Bisons (1927,1929)

    Canton (Ohio) - Bulldogs (1920-23,1925-26)

    Chicago - Tigers (1920)

    Cincinnati - Celts (1921) and Reds (1933-34)

    Cleveland - Tigers (1920-21), Indians (1923), Bulldogs (1924-25,1927), Indians (1931) and Browns (1950-95)

    Columbus (Ohio) - Panhandles (1920-22) and Tigers (1923-26)

    Dallas - Texans (1952)

    Dayton (Ohio) - Triangles (1920-29).

    Detroit - Heralds (1920-21), Panthers (1925-26) and Wolverines (1928)

    Duluth (Minnesota) - Kelleys (1923-25) and Eskimos (1926-27)

    Evansville (Indiana) - Crimson Giants (1921-22)

    Frankford (Pennsylvania) - Yellow Jackets (1924-31)

    Hammond (Indiana) - Pros (1920-26)

    Hartford (Conneticut) - Blues (1926)

    Kansas City - Blues (1924) and Cowboys (1925-26)

    Kenosha (Wisconsin) - Maroons (1924)

    Los Angeles - Buccaneers (1926)

    Louisville*Brecks (1921-23) and Colonels (1926)

    Marion (Ohio) - Oorang Indians (1922-23)

    Milwaukee - Badgers (1922-26)

    Minneapolis - Marines (1922-24) and Red Jackets (1929-30)

    Muncie (Indiana) Flyers (1920-21)

    New York - Giants (1921), Yankees (1927-28), Bulldogs (1949) and Yankees (1950-51)

    Newark (New Jersey) - Tornadoes (1930)

    Orange (New Yersey) - Tornadoes (1929)

    Pottsville (Pennsylvania) - Maroons (1925-28)

    Providence (Rhode Island) - Steam Roller (1925-31)

    Racine (Wisconsin) - Legion (1922-24) and Tornadoes (1926)

    Rochester (New York) - Jeffersons (1920-25)

    Rock Island (Illinois) - Independents (1920-25)

    Staten Island (New York) - Stapletons (1929-32)

    St. Louis - All-Stars (1923) and Gunners (1934)

    Toledo (Ohio) - Maroons (1922-23)

    Tonawanda (New York) -Kardex (1921), also called Lumbermen

    Washington - Senators (1921)




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    Re: NFL Franchise Year-by-Year Genealogy History

    I feel old enough today to have played for the Racine Legion

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    Re: NFL Franchise Year-by-Year Genealogy History

    Lol Lol Lol Lol

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    Re: NFL Franchise Year-by-Year Genealogy History

    interesting to note that some states have had numerous franchises/teams play in their states when some have never had one!

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    Re: NFL Franchise Year-by-Year Genealogy History

    OldRamsFan, is there any arguement that you aren't the man?

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    Re: NFL Franchise Year-by-Year Genealogy History

    I don't know ? but thank you for your kind words RAM-BO Thats a cool name young Rams Man ...

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    It is a cool name. Good post oldramsfan

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