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The History of the NFL

 

I’m not sure how many of you really care, but I am a devoted historian, and I find the history of the NFL very interesting. It is long, but there is no other way to put this together.

Can we say that the Browns will remain the Browns for a few more years?

1933

National Football league formed with 10 teams:

New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Boston Redskins, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans

1934 
Portsmouth Spartans move to Detroit, become Detroit Lions; 
Cincinnati Reds move to St. Louis, become St. Louis Gunners

1935
 St. Louis Gunners disband

1937 
Cleveland Rams join league
Boston Redskins move to Washington D.C., become Washington Redskins

1944 
Boston Yanks join the league as expansion team

1945
 Brooklyn Dodgers disband

1946 

Cleveland Rams move to Los Angeles, become Los Angeles Rams. 
The All America Football Conference is formed with 8 teams: 
Cleveland Brown, s
San Francisco 49ers, 
Los Angeles Dons, 
Chicago Rockets, 
Buffalo Bisons, 
Miami Seahawks
, New York Yankees
, Brooklyn Dodgers

1947 
Miami Seahawks move to Baltimore, become Baltimore Colts in All America Conference
Buffalo Bisons change name to Buffalo Bills

1949
 Boston Yanks move to New York, become New York Bulldogs
. Chicago Rockets change name to Chicago Hornets
. New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers merge to become New York-Brooklyn Yankees

1950
 New York Bulldogs disband
All America Conference disbands after 4 seasons. 
Cleveland Browns join NFL as expansion team
San Francisco 49ers join NFL as expansion team
. Baltimore Colts join NFL as expansion team
, New York Yanks join NFL as expansion team

1951
 Baltimore Colts disband
, New York Yanks disband

1952
 Dallas Texans join league as expansion team

1953 
Dallas Texans move to Baltimore, become Baltimore Colts

1960
 Dallas Cowboys join league as expansion team , 
Chicago Cardinals move to St. Louis, become St. Louis Cardinals
. American Football League formed with 8 team:
Dallas Texans
, Los Angeles Chargers
, Boston Patriots
, New York Titans
, Denver Broncos
, Houston Oilers
, Buffalo Bills
, Oakland Raiders

1961
 Minnesota Vikings join NFL as expansion team, 
Los Angeles Chargers (AFL) move to San Diego, become San Diego Chargers

1963
 Dallas Texans (AFL) move to Kansas City, become Kansas City Chiefs (AFL)
New York Titans Change name to New York Jets

1966
 Atlanta Falcons join NFL as expansion team
, Miami Dolphins join NFL as expansion team

, NFL and AFL merge. All 9 AFL teams join league. National and American Conferences are formed. Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore volunteer to join AFL. New line-up reads:

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1967
 New Orleans Saints join NFC as expansion team

1968
 Cincinnati Bengals join AFC as expansion team

1971
 Boston Patriots move to Foxboro Mass., change name to New England Patriots

1976 
Seattle Seahawks join AFC as expansion team Tampa Bay Bucaneers join NFC as expansion team

1982
 Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles, become Los Angeles Raiders

1984
 Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis, become Indianapolis Colts

1988
 St. Louis Cardinals move to Tempe, Arizona, become Arizona Cardinals

1995 
Jacksonville Jaguars join AFC as expansion team Carolina Panthers join NFC as expansion team Los Angeles Rams move to St. Louis, become St. Louis Rams Los Angeles Raiders move back to Oakland, become Oakland Raiders again

1996
 Cleveland Browns move to Baltimore, become Baltimore Ravens

1997
 Houston Oilers move to Nashville, Tenn., become Tennessee Oilers

1999 
Cleveland Browns join the AFC as expansion team

At the end of the 2001 season, the National Football League (31 teams) was organized as follows:

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For the 2002 season, the NFL re-aligned, adding the Houston Texans as an expansion team to the AFC, making 32 teams. The two conferences have 4 divisions:

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