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 team 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 AFC’s East division.
(For a look at my choices for the best and worst MLB baseball logos, start here!)
I actually dig the Buffalo helmets and uniforms of the late ’70s and early ’80s, but this speaks to the traditionalist in me.
As you’ll see in upcoming rankings, plain helmet designs like this are not too uncommon. But Buffalo’s first year in the AFL was 1960, so I’m not sure they have the same excuse a team like Green Bay does. Another point off for their rather derivative color scheme, which owner Ralph Wilson modeled after the Detroit Lions.
Sure, there is a certain prestige to this logo, given that it was used for most of Miami’s glory years. But aesthetically, it’s simply their best version. The 1989 update made the dolphin too streamlined.
Not a bad update, but I don’t really care for all these angry mascots popping up in pro sports logos.
New England Patriots
The classic Patriots logo blurs the line between logo and illustration, but it’s still damn cool. Why they ditched this I’ll never understand.
Ugh, Flying Elvis. I voiced my disgust over this thing years ago, and my opinion hasn’t changed one bit.
New York Jets
I appreciate that the Jets moved back to this look in the late ’90s, but it’s not quite the same. For one, this is more accurately shaped like a football. But I have to say, the logo New York used throughout the ’80s and most of the ’90s is better than I remembered it being at the time. I think they just used the wrong shade of green, especially toward the end of the ’90s.
This alternate logo stinks, that silly J-E-T-S chant stinks, and Fireman Ed stinks. There, it needed to be said.
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