NFL Logo (National Football League)

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The shield shape has been the core visual element of the NFL logo ever since the League was established in 1920. Together with the letters “NFL”, as well as stars and stripes from the US flag, it has been what made the logo recognizable. However, the emblem has not stayed the same over the years; it has undergone quite a few changes.

Meaning and history

NFL Logo history

NFL, or the National Football League, is the number one American authority for the most popular sport disciplines in the country, football. The legendary League was established in 1920 as the American Professional Football Conference. This name was only used by the organization for a few months, and in the same 1920, it was changed to the American Professional Football Association. Although; this name doesn’t stay for long either, and the League got its current name already in 1921.

Today NFL is the most reputable football association in North America, with 32 professional football clubs competing for its title annually since the 1920s. The club with the most tiles in the history of the NFL is Green Bay Packers, which has won it 13 times.

What is NFL?
NFL is an abbreviation, which stands for the National Football League, the top-tier league of rugby in the United States. The league was established in 1920, and today it is composed of 32 football clubs from North America, which compete for the main NFL title every year.

1921 — 1929

NFL Logo 1921

To begin with, we should mention the 1921 logo. The emblem of the main football league in the US was built around the colors of the country’s flag (or at least resembling the country’s flag). Inside the shield shape, we can see two fields. The upper field is blue, with yellow letters “NFL”, while below it there are red vertical stripes on the white background.

1930 – 1939

NFL Logo 1930

The updated version had even more resemblance to the US Flag. The top portion of the shield featured 13 white stars on a blue background. They represented the 13 original colonies that declared independence from Great Britain. The name was moved to the lower half and was printed in large, sans-serif letters of red color. It was a true national league that remembered the values of its nation.

1940 — 1953

NFL Logo 1940

By 1940, the National Football League logo was updated. Stars appeared in the upper part of the emblem, while the wordmark moved down. The stripes were pink with a thin red border, while the letters were red and more intricate in design than in the previous version. The colors grew darker, more refined. Also, there was an angled oval shape (representing a football) inside the blue field. It contained seven short vertical lines and two longer horizontal ones.

1953 — 1958

NFL Logo 1953
The NFL logo from 1953 stayed with the league for five years. It was a classy crest from the 1940s, but with some modifications. The red and white patter became brighter and the NFL lettering gained a new dark burgundy shade, getting its contours cleaned and emboldened. The upper part of the logo was also slightly refined — the ball changed its main color to brown, hence became more visible on a bright blue background.

1959 — 1961

NFL Logo 1959
The NFL visual identity redesign of 1959 introduced a modified version of the crest. It was lighter and more professional than the previous one. The striped became thinner and made the NFL lettering more distinct and visible. The inscription got its color switched to bright red. The ball from the blue part of the logo became bigger and changed its main color to white.

1962 — 1983

NFL Logo 1962

There were a couple changes introduced within the period between 1962 and 1983. There was some playing around with the shades of the colors as well as the shape of the letters. However, the overall looks remained the same.

1983 – 2007

NFL Logo 1983

At first glance, the 1983 NFL logo appears very similar to the previous one. And yet, if you take a closer look, you will definitely notice the difference in the width of the emblem’s border: it became wider. Also, designers tweaked the position of the oval shape in the upper field.

2008 — Today

NFL logo

In the 2008 season a redesigned emblem was unveiled. The number of stars grew smaller: there were now 8 of them, one for each of the NFL’s divisions. The oval shape was turned a bit upward and to the side. Also, the intricate typeface was replaced by a straight, serif one.


Font of the NFL Logo

The current version of the NFL logo features a clear custom serif type. All the letters are capitals and have different height, “F” being the highest.


Color NFL Logo

The colors of the US flag – red, white, and blue – have been the standard colors of the NFL emblem ever since its inception. There were some playing around with the shades, and for a short period pink was also present in the logotype.

National Football League Team Logos


What is NFL?
NFL is one of the most iconic abbreviations in world sports history. Standing for National Football League, it is the American conference of rugby (American football) clubs, with its rating systems.