A Year by Year NFL Franchise Genealogy

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1920

• The American Professional Football Association was officially organized to begin play in the fall.

Here are the original teams:
• Akron Professionals 
• Buffalo All-Americans
• Canton Bulldogs 
• Chicago Cardinals 
• Chicago Tigers
• Cleveland Tigers 
• Columbus Panhandles
• Dayton Triangles 
• Decatur Staleys 
• Detroit Heralds
• Hammond Pros
• Muncie Flyers
• Rochester (N.Y.) Jeffersons
• Rock Island Independents 

• The Chicago Tigers folded after the 1920 season.

1921

• The Decatur Staleys moved to Chicago but retain the name Staleys .

The following teams joined the APFA for the 1921 season:
• Cincinnati Celts
• Evansville Crimson Giants
• Green Bay Packers
• Louisville Brecks
• Minneapolis Marines
• New York Brickleys Giants
• Tonawanda Kardex
• Washington Senators

The following teams folded after the 1921 season:
• Cincinnati Celts
• Cleveland Tigers
• Detroit Heralds
• Muncie Flyers
• New York Brickleys Giants
• Tonawanda Kardex
• Washington Senators

1922

• The APFA changes its name to the National Football League.
• The Chicago Staleys change their name to the Chicago Bears.

The following teams joined the NFL for the 1922 season:
• Marion Oorang Indians
• Milwaukee Badgers
• Racine Legion
• Toledo Maroons

The following teams folded after the 1922 season:
• Columbus Panhandles
• Evansville Crimson Giants

1923

The following teams joined the NFL for the 1923 season: 
• Cleveland Indians
• Columbus Tigers 
• Duluth Kelleys 
• St.

Louis All-Stars

The following teams folded after the 1923 season:
• Canton Bulldogs 
• Cleveland Indians 
• Louisville Brecks 
• Marion Oorang Indians 
• Racine Legion 
• St. Louis All-Stars
• Toledo Maroons 

1924

• The Buffalo All-Americans changed their name to the Buffalo Bisons.

The following teams joined the NFL for the 1924 season:
• Cleveland Bulldogs 
• Frankford Yellow Jackets
• Kansas City Blues 
• Kenosha Maroons

The following teams folded after the 1924 season:
• Columbus Tigers
• Kenosha Maroons 
• Minneapolis Marines

1925

• The Kansas City Blues changed their name to the Kansas City Cowboys.

The following teams joined the NFL for the 1925 season:
• The Canton Bulldogs returned to the NFL after being inactive during the 1924 season.
• Detroit Panthers
• New York Giants
• Providence Steam Roller
• Pottsville Maroons

The following teams folded after the 1925 season: 
• Cleveland Bulldogs 
• Rochester Jeffersons

• The Rock Island Independents left the NFL for the AFL.

1926

• The Akron Pros changed their name to the Akron Indians. 
• The Buffalo Bisons changed their name to the Buffalo Rangers.
• The Duluth Kelleys changed their name to the Duluth Eskimos.

The following teams joined the NFL for the 1926 season:
• Brooklyn Lions
• Hartford Blues 
• Los Angeles Buccaneers
• Racine Tornadoes (formerly the Racine Legion) return to the NFL.
• The Louisville Colonels (formerly the Louisville Brecks) return to the NFL.

The following teams folded after the 1926 season:
• Akron Indians
• Brooklyn Lions
• Buffalo Rangers 
• Canton Bulldogs
• Columbus Tigers
• Detroit Panthers
• Hartford Blues
• Hammond Pros
• Kansas City Cowboys 
• Los Angeles Buccaneers 
• Louisville Colonels 
• Milwaukee Badgers 
• Racine Tornadoes

1927

The following teams joined the NFL for the 1927 season:
• Cleveland Bulldogs
• New York Yankees

The following teams folded after the 1927 season:
• Buffalo Bison 
• Cleveland Bulldogs
• Duluth Eskimos

1928

The following team joined the NFL for the 1928 season:
• Detroit Wolverines

The following team folded after the 1928 season:
• New York Yankees

1929

The following teams joined the NFL for the 1929 season:
• Boston Bulldogs
• Buffalo Bisons
• Minneapolis Red Jackets
• Orange Tornadoes
• Staten Island Stapletons

The following teams folded after the 1929 season: 
• Dayton Triangles 
• Buffalo Bisons 
• Boston Bulldogs

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Alder, James. "A Year by Year NFL Franchise Genealogy." ThoughtCo, Aug. 24, 2016, thoughtco.com/year-by-year-nfl-franchise-genealogy-4078398. Alder, James. (2016, August 24). A Year by Year NFL Franchise Genealogy. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/year-by-year-nfl-franchise-genealogy-4078398 Alder, James. "A Year by Year NFL Franchise Genealogy." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/year-by-year-nfl-franchise-genealogy-4078398 (accessed December 12, 2017).