How Every NFL Team Got Their Name

Football | 2/20/19

As much as the NFL looks polished today, it wasn’t always that way. There are countless clubs who entered the league but folded or relocated to another city in quick fashion. But things change, leagues end up merging, and new teams are welcomed. Five teams out of the remaining twenty-seven are still in the city in which they began, and even have the same nickname they were given on day one.

Arizona Cardinals

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The team’s history goes back to 1898 when Chris O’Brien formed the Morgan Athletic Club. Years later, O’Brien would buy used red jerseys from the University of Chicago, describing the faded maroon as “Cardinal red.”

Since joining the NFL, the Cardinals have called three cities home. After 40 seasons in Chicago, they moved to St. Louis in 1960. The franchise was moved again in 1988 when William Bidwill selected Phoenix as the new home city.