NFL Football Team Helmet Logos: 1946-Present

St. Louis/Los Angeles/Cleveland Rams:  1946-1949:  The first NFL football helmet with a logo or design.  Created by LA Rams halfback Fred Gerhke in 1946, who was trained in art.  The original leather helmets were hand-painted by Gerhke, who played for the Rams in Cleveland in 1940 & 1945, and in LA from 1946-1949.  In 1949, Riddell started making plastic shell helmets with the Rams logo.  

   

 1950-1964:  As worn by NFL Hall of Famer Tom Fears, who played end for the LA Rams from 1948-1956.

 1965-72:  The George Allen years, featuring players Roman Gabriel, Jack Snow, Merlin Olsen, and Deacon Jones.

 

 1973-1980:  The Chuck Knox years, featuring players Jack Youngblood, Fred Dryer, Isiah Robertson, Tom MackPat Haden, Ron Jessie and Lawrence McCutcheon.

 1981-99:  The John Robinson and Dick Vermeil years, featuring Eric Dickerson, Vince Ferragamo, Jim Everett, Flipper Anderson, Henry Ellard, Jerome BettisJackie Slater, and Kevin Greene.

     

 2000-Present:  The Mike Martz years, featuring Orlando Pace, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Tori Holt, and Steven Jackson

 

Arizona/Phoenix/St. Louis/Chicago Cardinals:  1950-1959:

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1953:  As worn by Don Joyce.

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1960-2004:  As worn by Luke Owens

miniowens60-2004

2005-Present: 

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Atlanta Falcons:  1966-1969:

minifalcon66-69

1970-1989: 

minifalcon70-89

1990-2002: 

2003-Present: 

<em>Atlanta</em>... 

Buffalo Bills:  1960:

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1961-1964: 

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1965-1973: 

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1974-1983: 

bills76-83

1984-2001: 

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2002-Present: 

bills2002-pres

Chicago Bears:  1940-1956:

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1957-1972:  The George Halas years, featuring Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, Stan Jones, Mike Ditka, Willie Galimore, Doug Atkins, Bill George, and Brian Piccolo.

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1973-Present:  The Mike Ditka years, featuring Walter Payton, Dan Hampton, Allan Page, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Jim McMahon, Neal Anderson, William “Refrigerator” Perry, and Brian Urlacher

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 Cincinnati Bengals:  1968-1980:  The Paul Brown years, featuring Charlie Joiner, Ken Anderson, Isaac Curtis, Lemar Parrish, and Bob Trumpy.

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1979-Present:  The Sam Wyche years, featuring Anthony Munoz, Cris Collinsworth, Boomer Esiason, James Brooks, Max Montoya, Corey Dillon, Chad Johnson, and Carson Palmer.  

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Cleveland Browns:  1946-1956:

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1957-1959: 

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1960-1961: 

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1962-1974: 

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1975-Present: 

browns75-present

Dallas Cowboys:  1960-1963:

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1964-1966:

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1967-Present: 

minidorsettcowboys67-present

1976: 

ministaub1cowboys76

Denver Broncos:  1960-1961:  As worn by Frank Tripucka

minitripucka60broncos

1962: 

1962-1965: 

<em>Denver</em> Broncos...

1966: 

<em>Denver</em> Broncos...

1967: 

broncos67

1968-96: 

bronco75-96

1997-Present: 

<em>DENVER</em> BRONCOS...

1997-Present: 

broncos96-present

Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts:  1950:

1953: 

1954-1955: 

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1956: 

minicoltshsh56

1957-Present: 

minimorrall1957-present

Kansas City Chiefs/Dallas Texans:  1960-1962:

<em>Dallas</em>...

1963-Present: 

minidawson63-present

Miami Dolphins:  1966:  As worn by Manny Fernandez.

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1967-1969: 

1970-1973: 

minidolphin72

1974-1996: 

<em>Miami</em>...

1997-Present: 

<em>Miami</em>...

Philadelphia Eagles:  1948-1949:

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1950-1954: 

1955-1968:  As worn by Bobby Walston

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1969: 

1969-1972: 

<em>Philadelphia</em>...

1973: 

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1974-1995: 

minijawseagles74-95

1996-Present: 

<em>Philadelphia</em>...

1996-Present: 

San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers:  1960:

mini1960chargers

1961-1973:  As worn by Dick Deegan.

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1961-1962: 

chargers61-62

1963-1964: 

minilance63-64

1966: 

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1974-1987:  As worn by Charlie Joiner

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1988-2006: 

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2007-Present:

<em>San</em> <em>Diego</em>...

San Francisco 49ers:  1946-1955:  As worn by Y.A. Tittle, Hugh McElhenny, Billy WilsonBob St. Clair, and Joe Perry.

 

1956-1957: 

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1958-1959:

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 1959-1962:  As worn by receiver Billy Wilson from 1959-1960.

 1959-1962:  As worn by NFL Hall of Fame running back Joe Perry.

 1962-1963:  As worn by NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle Leo Nomellini.

 1964-1995:  The Dick Nolan and Bill Walsh years, featuring Jimmie Johnson, John Brodie, Gene Washington, Dave Wilcox, Joe Montana, Fred Dean, Dwight Clark, Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, and Steve Young.

 1996-Present:  The Steve Mariucci years, featuring Jeff Garcia, Garrison Hearst, and Terrell Owens.

   

 Washington/Boston Redskins:  Early 1950’s:  As worn by Sammy Baugh.

 1954-1956:  The first appearance of “Redskin Red” on their helmet.

 1957-1958:  The Notre Dame “gold” helmet, as worn by Johnny Olszewski.

 

 1959-1964:  As worn by Norm Snead and Bobby Mitchell.

 1965-68:  The Otto Graham years, featuring Sonny Jurgensen, Charley Taylor, Stan Jones, Paul Krause, and Sam Huff.

  

 1969:  The year of Vince Lombardi.

 

 1970-71:  Farewell Vince Lombardi, welcome George Allen.

 

 1972-1981:  The George Allen and Jack Pardee years, featuring Billy Kilmer, Ken Houston, and Deacon Jones

 

 1982-Present:  The Joe Gibbs years, featuring Joe Theisman, John Riggins, Art Monk, Darrell Green, and Stephen Davis.  

 

To Be Continued…

3 Responses to NFL Football Team Helmet Logos: 1946-Present

  1. Ron Bartron says:

    Thank You…I was looking for …I believe it was a Redskin helmet..pre-1959 with an arrow shaft with fletching’s towards the rear of the top of the helmet.
    Thank You….I do hope you can Identify it.

  2. ANDREW ROJAS says:

    Several websites have verified the 1949 Ram helmet was indeed yellow and red. The Rams never wore the blue and yellow ribbed
    horn shown as the 1949 helmet.

  3. Randolph Greer says:

    I love this Logo site. I am happy to see that, almost without exception, the logos used by the teams of today are the best ones. I am happy to see the worst ones have been discarded. There are a few that I would change however. The Los Angeles Rams logo of the George Allen era was the best logo I ever saw because the helmet was blue and the horn was white. To this day, I do not understand why it was altered. The Chargers and the Bills have chosen blue and red helmets abandoning the great contrast that their white helmets used to provide for their logos. These were mistakes that I hope they will change someday. Finally, if the Washington “Redskins” change their name to “Warriors” or something I do hope they will go back to their late 60’s dark maroon and lance helmet worn by Sonny Jurgensen. That helmet was special.

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