With all the recent talk of NFL expansion, to London (don’t get me started, y’all), LA, and Timbuktu, I thought I’d dedicate today’s column to a little bit of league history. Today, we’re going to take a look at the top ten oldest professional football teams who still take to the gridiron every week.
1. The Arizona Cardinals, formerly the St. Louis Cardinals and originally the Chicago Cardinals, were founded in 1920, the year the league officially came into existence.
2. The Chicago Bears were also established in 1920. I think it’s safe to say that Chi-Town was on the cutting edge of this whole American football thing.
3. The Green Bay Packers, founded in 1921, are still NFC North division rivals of Da Bears. Talk about holding a longtime grudge.
4. The New York Giants franchise came into existence in 1925. To put it in perspective, Tom Coughlin wasn’t even born for another 21 years.
5. The Detroit Lions, another NFC North franchise, were founded in 1930.
6. The Washington Redskins, who are off to another dismal start (yes, I’m calling it after just one week) this season, have been around since 1932.
7. The Philadelphia Eagles franchise was founded in 1933.
8. The Pittsburgh Steelers also came into existence during the league’s 1933 expansion.
9. The St. Louis Rams, who began as the Cleveland Rams way back in the day, then became the LA Rams, were established in 1937.
10. The Cleveland Browns originally joined the NFL in 1946. After sorta, kinda, but not officially (Long story short: Art Modell) moving to Baltimore, the clubs returned from its Cleveland hiatus in 1999.
(10*) 11. The San Francisco 49ers also joined the NFL when the league expanded in 1946.