NFL Franchise Dates of Entry into NFL Through 2002

NFL logo on football field
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1920 - Chicago Bears (Decatur Staleys) and Arizona Cardinals (Chicago Cardinals)

1921 - Green Bay Packers

1925 - New York Giants

1930 - Detroit Lions (Portsmouth-OH Spartans)

1932 - Washington Redskins (Boston Braves)

1933 - Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers (Pittsburgh Pirates)

1937 - St. Louis Rams (Cleveland Rams)

1950 - Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers

1953 - Indianapolis Colts (Baltimore Colts)

1960 - Dallas Cowboys

1961 - Minnesota Vikings

1966 - Atlanta Falcons

1967 - New Orleans Saints

1970 - From the AFL/NFL merger: New England Patriots (Boston Patriots), Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers

1976 - Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1995 - Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars

1997 - Baltimore Ravens

2002 - Houston Texans