NFL Mascots

From live mascots to the Huddles of the '80s to the 26 mascots from 32 teams today, the NFL has long been friendly towards the furry.

Arizona Cardinals
Name: Big Red
Species: Cardinal
Debuted: 1998
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Sport's Opinion: "Cardinals aren't predatory birds, but Big Red looks awful scary. Between his angry eyes, pointy head and beak, the only bird-watching I'll be doing is from a safe distance. He may be named after a soft drink, but there's nothing sweet about him."






Atlanta Falcons
Name: Freddie
Species: Falcon
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Sport's Opinion: "I know he's a falcon, but Freddie looks like he could be the son of Miss Finch from 'Sesame Street.' But at least Freddie didn't leave for Hollywood. I used to think the soap opera 'Falcon Crest' was about his team!"



Baltimore Ravens
Name: Poe
Species: Raven
Debuted: 1998
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Sport's Opinion: "For being named after a scary poem, he seems very friendly. And maybe he knows why a raven is like a writing desk."







Buffalo Bills
Name: Billy
Species: Buffalo
Debuted: 2000
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Sport's Opinion: "He's obviously had his hair dyed, because I have never met a blue buffalo before. But I would not want to get in his way. Just look at those horns! And can you believe that Billy actually likes to eat buffalo wings?!"







Carolina Panthers
Name: Sir Purr
Species: Panther
Debuted: 1995
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Sport's Opinion: "Sir Purr may be a panther, but he's as friendly and playful as a kitten. And he must have been knighted, since he goes by Sir. I guess that means he's a royal cat!"


Chicago Bears
Name: Staley Da Bear
Species: Bear
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Sport's Opinion: "Picnic baskets? Honey? What is in Staley's belly? It looks like he needs to go on a diet, except he's too scary-looking to tell him."




Cincinnati Bengals
Name: Who Dey
Species: Bengal
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Sport's Opinion: "Who Dey may be smiling, but I'm running the other way if this mascot starts coming towards me. He got his name from the cheer "Who dey think gonna beat them Bengals?" But I say, 'Who dey think gonna eat me?'"





Cleveland Browns
Name: Chomps
Species: Dog
Debuted: 1999
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Sport's Opinion: "Chomps is bad to the bone! He has angry eyebrows, angry teeth and even eyeblack. But the surest sign of his toughness is that he's playing football without a facemask!"




Dallas Cowboys
Name: Rowdy
Species: Human
Debuted: 1996
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Sport's Opinion: "That is one big hat Rowdy is wearing. He must get plenty of compliments for it, since he's always smiling. I wonder if he's one of Hank Williams, Jr.'s 'rowdy' friends he sings about."


Denver Broncos
Name: Miles
Species: Bronco
Debuted: 2001
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Sport's Opinion: "His orange hair and orange eyes make him kinda scary looking. Although, being a white horse, I bet the Lone Ranger would use him as a replacement if Silver ever retired."


Detroit Lions
Name: Roary
Species: Lion
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Sport's Opinion: "Roary is a lot more scary looking than the Cowardly Lion, so I don't know if Dorothy would have befriended him. But Roary sure does have a nice head of hair."



Houston Texans
Name: Toro
Species: Bull
Debuted: 2001
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Sport's Opinion: "Toro is a nice bull. He's always smiling, even though he's a little bit cross-eyed. I would imagine the only fighting this bull does is with his hair dye. That blue color can't be natural."








Indianapolis Colts
Name: Blue
Species: Colt
Debuted: 2006
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Sport's Opinion: "I'm not sure he can see straight, since he's cross-eyed, but Blue doesn't act blue. In fact, he should change his jersey number from 00 to 65, in honor of Eiffel 65's song, 'Blue.'"

Jacksonville Jaguars
Name: Jaxson de Ville
Species: Jaguar
Debuted: 1996
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Sport's Opinion: "For a normally scary animal, Jaxson doesn't look like he could eat much meat with just two teeth. He may have to gum most of his food, but with his shades on, he looks like one cool cat."



Kansas City Chiefs
Name: K.C. Wolf
Species: Wolf
Debuted: 1989
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Sport's Opinion: "Why is the Chiefs mascot a wolf? K.C. was actually named after a group of fans known as the Wolfpack. So did all of those fans have crossed eyes too?"



Miami Dolphins
Name: T.D.
Species: Dolphin
Debuted: 1997
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Sport's Opinion: "The Dolphins used to have a live mascot named Flipper, and the famous pet detective, Ace Ventura, helped rescue another live dolphin, Snowflake. I bet T.D., Flipper and Snowflake all get jealous of each other."


Minnesota Vikings
Name: Viktor
Species: Human
Debuted: 2007
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Sport's Opinion: "I'm not sure if all Vikings are related, but I wonder if Viktor used to live with the Capital One clan. Maybe he still visits them in the offseason."



New England Patriots
Name: Pat
Species: Human
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Sport's Opinion: "Pat may be smiling, but he has some crazy eyebrows. I don't know if I would trust him with a musket in his hands. Pat also has a really big chin."






New Orleans Saints
Name: Gumbo
Species: Dog
Born: 1967
Sport's Opinion: "Gumbo is a St. Bernard, which are known for being rescue dogs. But he could be a real saint by bringing all the fans bowls of spicy gumbo!"











Philadelphia Eagles
Name: Swoop
Species: Eagle
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Sport's Opinion: "Is Swoop a member of the Hair Club for Eagles? If not, he should since he's bald. But I would never tell him that to his face. He's just plain scary, sort of like Eagles fans!"





Pittsburgh Steelers
Name: Steely McBeam
Species: Human
Debuted: 2007 
Sport's Opinion: "With his hard hat, overalls, chiseled chin, 5 o'clock shadow, Steely could probably show up at a construction site and blend right in. I bet he brings a lunch pail to work everyday."








St. Louis Rams
Name: Rampage
Species: Ram
Debuted: 2010
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Sport's Opinion: "Look at his horns! I would not want to get in his way. Although I bet Rampage likes hearing Sam Elliott say his name in commercials for Dodge Ram."






San Francisco 49ers
Name: Sourdough Sam
Species: Human
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Sport's Opinion: "Just hearing his name makes me want a sandwich. I think he and Yukon Cornelius would be good friends."










Seattle Seahawks
Name: Blitz
Species: Hawk
Debuted: 1998
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Sport's Opinion: "Unlike the other bird mascots in the NFL, Blitz seems to have more muscles than feathers. I'm terrified of him, and I'm not even a fish!"






Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Name: Captain Fear
Species: Human
Debuted: 2000
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Sport's Opinion: "Look at his sword! I've seen 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' so I know buccaneers are not to be messed with. I'm a land-lover, so I'm steering clear of Captain Fear!"




Tennessee Titans
Name: T-Rac
Species: Racoon
Debuted: 1999
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Sport's Opinion: "Raccoons don't have anything to do with titans, so why is T-Rac their mascot? Raccoons are actually the state animal of Tennessee!"

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