The Best and Worst NFL Logos (NFC South)

With the 2012 National Football League season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst NFL logos for all 32 current NFL franchises. Primary, alternate, and helmet logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today I look at the four squads of the NFC’s South division.

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Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons Logo (1966 - 1989)
Atlanta Falcons logo (1966 – 1989)

I totally understand why Falcons fans supported the team’s image update several years ago. Let’s face it, the franchise didn’t exactly have a lot of glory years with the old look. But I have to be consistent in my love of tradition and pick the team’s original falcon.

That said, the new logo is pretty good.


Atlanta Falcons Alternate Logo (1998 - 2002)
Atlanta Falcons alternate logo (1998 – 2002)

Did you ever catch that the bird in the team’s logos is supposed to form the letter F? So slap an A on there and you get the team’s initials. It explains this one, but doesn’t excuse it.

Carolina Panthers


Carolina Panthers Logo (2012 - present)
Carolina Panthers logo (2012 – present)

This is a slight update from Carolina’s original logo. The gray whiskers were changed to blue and the head was made to look more realistic and less overtly geometrical. I like it.


Carolina Panthers Alternate Logo (1995 - 2011)
Carolina Panthers alternate logo (1995 – 2011)

Looks like something from the sign of a strip club called Pantherz. Not that I’d know anything about such places.

New Orleans Saints


New Orleans Saints Alternate Logo (1967 - 1984)
New Orleans Saints alternate logo (1967 – 1984)

I’m a big fan of the Saints’ original logo set and color scheme, and this alternate one is a gem. I’ve seen it with different colors used for the wordmark and the fleur de lis outline. I snagged this version from an old sticker.


New Orleans Saints Alternate Logo (1985 - 1999)
New Orleans Saints alternate logo (1985 – 1999)

Decent idea, horrible execution. Louisiana looks like a big blob in this drawing. The newer takes on this design have much cleaner lines and are much more appealing.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Logo (1976 - 1996)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo (1976 – 1996)

Yeah that’s right, I like Buccaneer Bruce. You got a problem with that?


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Alternate Logo (1997 - present)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Alternate Logo (1997 – present)

I think there must have been a way to update the original Tampa Bay look without discarding it completely. This looks like the logo of a souvenir shop from some pirate-themed museum or something.

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