Detroit Lions Logo

Detroit Lions Logo

For most of its history, the Detroit Lions logo has been built around a stylized lion. The lion logotype was adopted in 1952, when the team got its current name.

Meaning and history Detroit Lions Logo

Detroit Lions Logo history

The team’s earliest logo reflected its original name Portsmouth Spartans. The simple wordmark logo was used from 1929 to 1933, when it was replaced with the first Lion logotype. In addition to the lion, there was a football player holding a ball.

Emblem Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions emblem

In 1961, the emblem became simpler, both in terms of the design and the color scheme. Now, it sported a minimalistic white lion with a thin blue outline and two stripes (blue and grey) at the background.

Leaping lion symbol Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions symbol

In 1970, the iconic leaping lion appeared in the logo for the first time. It had a white outline and one more, black, outline around it. Since then, the symbol has been tweaked three times (in 2003, 2009, and 2017).

The latest version has more details than the 1970 one. Instead of the black outline, there is a grey one.

Font of the Detroit Lions Logo

Font Detroit Lions Logo

In addition to the Lion emblem, the club has also a wordmark. Instead of the Wayne font used in the previous version, the 2017 wordmark features a custom typeface. It looks unique due to the unusual sharp elements at the ends of the letters.

Color of the Detroit Lions Logo

Color Detroit Lions Logo

The team’s official colors include Honolulu blue, silver, and white. All of them can be seen in the current Detroit Lions logo.