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Classic Team Logo of The Day

28 Jan

Logo of a pro football team that played in the short-lived United Football League, the Omaha Nighthawks. The team joined the league as an expansion franchise in 2010, with Netsuite software mogul Zach Nelson as majority owner. The team name was chosen by a fan vote, and was derived from the F-117 Nighthawk, a stealth fighter used by the U.S. Air Force. The league suspended operations part way through the 2012 season, and the Nighthawks finished with a 6-10 record for their 2 1/2 years of existence.

 

Classic Team Logo of The Day

27 Jan

Used from 1960 until 1970, this is a logo of a college football team that has been a member of 6 different college  conferences, the University of Connecticut Huskies. The Huskies currently play as an independent, and are coached by former NFL coach Jim Mora Jr. UConn won 25 different conference titles over the years. Former Huskies who have enjoyed careers in pro football include Anthony Sherman, Erik Torkelson, Dan Orlovsky, Robert McClain, Booth Lusteg, Brian Kozlowski, Byron Jones, Ryan Griffin, Marcus Easley, Tyvon Branch and Darius Butler.

 

Classic Team Logo of The Day

26 Jan

Logo of a defunct football team that played in the United States Football League, the Memphis Showboats. The team played the 1984 and ’85 seasons in the league. Despite the USFL’s short existence, the Showboats drew decent crowds to their games, unlike most of the teams in the league. That box office success caught the NFL’s attention, and was a factor in NFL owners approving the move of the Houston Oilers to Tennessee. The team even played it’s first year in Memphis before moving to Nashville. Notable Showboat players include Reggie White, Rod Shoate, Gary Shirk, Terdell Middleton, Ken Johnson, Barney Bussey, Leonard Coleman and Larry Pfohl, who would go on to pro wrestling fame as Lex Lugor.

 

Classic Team Logo of The Day

25 Jan

Used from 2002 until 2005, this is the logo of a defunct team that played in the Canadian Football League, the Ottawa Renegades. The team entered the CFL in 2002, 6 years after the Ottawa Rough Riders folded, and played under tough financial conditions until they were disbanded and suspended indefinitely by the league in 2006. They were revived under new ownership in 2014 as the RedBlacks, and for historical purposes, the CFL considers the Rough Riders, Renegades and RedBlacks as one discontinuous franchise. Former players from the Renegade years include Kerry Joseph, Yo Murphy, Markus Howell and Darnell Kennedy.

 

Classic Team Logo of The Day

06 Jan

Logo of a junior college football team that plays in the American Mountain Conference, the Compton College Tartars.   They are currently coached by Al Dorsey, and play their home games at Tay Brown Stadium. Some of them went on to finish their four year college careers at other schools, but some notable former Tartars who played pro football include R.C. Owens, J.D. Smith, Hugh McElhenny, Joe Lewis, Don Klosterman and Joe Perry. Other famous non-athlete alumni are actor James Coburn and rappers Coolio and Snoop Dogg.

 
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Classic Team Logo of The Day

30 Dec

Logo of a Division II small college football team that plays in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Shippensburg University Red Raiders. They play their home games at Seth Grove Stadium, named after a former coach. The school is ongoing proof that NFL scouts will scour the country and leave no stone unturned in the quest to find talent, and Raider alumni who have been discovered and enjoyed careers in pro football include Brent Grimes, John Kuhn and Rob Davis.

 
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Classic Team Logo of The Day

23 Dec

Logo of a historically black college football team that plays in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the Texas Southern University Tigers. The program, which began play in 1947, has won 4 conference titles and a pair of Black College national championships. TSU alumni who have gone on to play pro football include Julius Adams, Ken Burrough, Brent Maxie, Ernie Holmes, W.K. Hicks and Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Strahan and Winston Hill.

 
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Classic Team Logo of The Day

16 Dec

Menacing-looking logo of a Football Subdivision college team that plays in the Southland Conference, the Northwestern Louisiana State Demons. Their program began play in 1907 and they have won 12 conference titles over the years. Despite their small college status, there have been many former Demons who have made a big impact in pro football, including Joe Delaney, John Stephens, Terrence McGee, Bobby Hebert, Monte Ledbetter, Mark Duper, Gary Reasons, Jackie Smith, Charlie Tolar, Marcus Spears, Odessa Turner and Al Edwards. Ed Orgeron, national championship-winning coach at LSU, is also an alumnus of the school.

 
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Classic Team Logo of The Day

09 Dec

Logo of a Division II college football team that plays in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, the Hillsdale College Chargers. They play their home games at Frank “Muddy” Waters Stadium, named after the man who coached the team from 1954 until 1973. Despite their small school status, the Chargers have sent a number of players on to pro careers, including Chester Marcol, Andre Holmes, Jared Veldheer and Howard Mudd.

 
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Classic Team Logo of The Day

02 Dec

An alternate logo, used from their inaugural season of 1967 through 1984, of the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints. The franchise failed to complete a winning season in any of those years, with a pair of 8-8 records being the best they could do. Despite all the losing, the Saints of the early years included some Hall of Famers, (although they all earned the honor playing for other teams) like Jim Taylor, Doug Atkins, Ken Stabler and coach Hank Stram. Other notable early Saints’ players are Danny Abramowicz, Archie Manning, Tom Dempsey, Bill Kilmer, Dave Whitsell, John Gilliam, Joe Scarpati, Elijah Pitts, Joe Federspiel and Chuck Muncie.

 
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