9 NFL Teams Almost Named Something Weird

  • David Gonos


Over the past few weeks, we have had a lot of fun discussing NFL team names and interesting city origins, and now we’re going to step through a wrinkle in time to look at what’s going on in an alternate universe? These NFL team names nearly came to fruition in our world.

Most pro sports teams now put the honor of naming their team into a “Name Our Team” contest in local newspapers, which is a smart way to keep local fans from freaking out on a ridiculous team name (see Tampa Bay Devil Rays). But much like Tampa Bay’s former owner, Vince Naimoli, many of our old school NFL teams decided they knew best, and they decided to name their teams without help.

Interestingly, there are also a lot of fan contests that nearly named these NFL teams something completely different than what we’re used to now. Thanks to MentalFloss.com for digging up all of these NFL Nickname Origins.

9 NFL Teams Almost Named Something Completely Different

As you go through these “close-call” team names, think about how your life would be different if you lived in a world with these weird team names, which seem like they were pulled out of a Hollywood movie that didn’t get NFL rights.

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about sports online since 2001, including CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com, NFL.com, MLB.com and SportsIllustrated.com.