NFL Teams That Don’t Exist Anymore: Here’s Why

Elmira | 24 - 10 - 2021
NFL teams that don't exist anymore

Several old NFL teams relocated, struggled, or folded. Not only football, but football teams have also changed and some of them don’t exist anymore. American football is a popular sport in the world. It was founded in the 1800s. Did you know? The NFL alone makes a whopping $9 billion and college football earns around $6 billion. American football has emerged in the United States since it has originated from sports like soccer and rugby. Read on to find out about these NFL teams that don’t exist anymore. Don’t miss our enjoyable defunct football teams quiz to impress your friends.

Football Teams That Don’t Exist Anymore

The first football game took place on November 6, 1869, between two college teams called Rutgers and Princeton. The history of American football can be traced back to the middle of the 19th century when colleges started playing rugby and soccer. The American Professional Football Association (APFA) started with ten teams. Only two football teams still exist including the Arizona Cardinals (previously called the Chicago Cardinals) and the Chicago Bears (originally called the Decatur Staleys).

What Is the Longest NFL Losing Streak?
  • A. The Chicago Cardinals
  • B. Muncie Flyers
  • C. Oorang Indians
  • D. Rochester Jeffersons

We have clubbed football teams that don’t exist anymore. It is difficult to find because some teams have changed nicknames from year to year and every team represents the same team of the new franchise. It was common if teams had the same nicknames during the same seasons. No NFL teams have folded since 1952. The Cowboys, Giants, Colts, Panthers, Lions, and Texans teams listed on this page do not represent current franchises of those names.

A defunct team is a team that had the right to have a team returned to the NFL during that time.

List of Defunct NFL Teams

kron Pros/Indians 1920 1926
Baltimore Colts 1950 1950
Boston Yanks 1943 1948
Brooklyn Dodgers/Tigers 1930 1944
Brooklyn Lions 1926 1926
Buffalo All-Americans/Bisons/Rangers 1920 1929
Canton Bulldogs^ 1920 1926
Chicago Tigers 1920 1920
Cincinnati Celts 1921 1921
Cincinnati Reds 1933 1934
Cleveland Indians 1931 1931
Cleveland Indians/Bulldogs^ 1923 1927
Cleveland Tigers/Indians 1920 1921
Columbus Panhandles/Tigers 1920 1926
Dallas Texans 1952 1952
Dayton Triangles 1920 1929
Detroit Heralds 1920 1920
Detroit Panthers 1925 1926
Detroit Tigers 1921 1921
Detroit Wolverines 1928 1928
Duluth Kelleys/Eskimos 1923 1927
Evansville Crimson-Giants 1921 1922
Frankford Yellow Jackets 1924 1931
Hammond Pros 1920 1926
Hartford Blues 1926 1926
Kansas City Blues/Cowboys 1924 1926
Kenosha Maroons 1924 1924
Los Angeles Buccaneers 1926 1926
Louisville Brecks/Colonels 1921 1926]
Milwaukee Badgers 1922 1926
Minneapolis Marines/Red Jackets 1921 1930
Muncie Flyers 1920] 1921
New York Bulldogs/Yanks 1949 1951
New York Giants 1921 1921
New York Yankees 1927 1928
Oorang Indians 1922 1923
Orange/Newark Tornadoes 1929 1930
Pottsville Maroons/Boston Bulldogs 1925 1929
Pottsville Maroons/Boston Bulldogs 1925 1929
Providence Steam Roller 1925 1931
Racine Legion/Tornadoes 1922 1926
Rochester Jeffersons 1920 1925
Rock Island Independents 1920 1925
St. Louis All-Stars 1923 1923
St. Louis Gunners 1934 1934
Staten Island Stapletons/Stapes 1929 1932
Toledo Maroons 1922 1923
Tonawanda Kardex 1921 1921
Washington Senators 1921 1921

 

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