Category Archives: NFL Football

The Changing Face of the NFL: How the League Has Looked From 1920 to Today

1920 (APFA)

APFA
Akron Pros
Buffalo All-Americans
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Cardinals
Chicago Tigers
Cleveland Tigers
Columbus Panhandles
Dayton Triangles
Decatur Staleys
Detroit Heralds
Hammond Pros
Muncie Flyers
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents

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1921 (APFA)

APFA
Akron Pros
Buffalo All-Americans
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Cardinals
Chicago Staleys
Cincinnati Celts
Cleveland Indians
Columbus Panhandles
Dayton Triangles
Detroit Tigers
Evansville Crimson Giants
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Louisville Brecks
Minneapolis Marines
Muncie Flyers
New York Brickley Giants
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents
Tonawanda Kardex
Washington Senators

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1922 (NFL)

NFL
Akron Pros
Buffalo All-Americans
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Columbus Panhandles
Dayton Triangles
Evansville Crimson Giants
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Louisville Brecks
Milwaukee Badgers
Minneapolis Marines
Oorang Indians
Racine Legion
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents
Toledo Maroons

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1923

NFL
Akron Pros
Buffalo All-Americans
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Indians
Columbus Tigers
Dayton Triangles
Duluth Kelleys
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Louisville Brecks
Milwaukee Badgers
Minneapolis Marines
Oorang Indians
Racine Legion
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents
St. Louis All-Stars
Toledo Maroons

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1924

NFL
Akron Pros
Buffalo Bisons
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Bulldogs
Columbus Tigers
Dayton Triangles
Duluth Kelleys
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Kansas City Blues
Kenosha Maroons
Milwaukee Badgers
Minneapolis Marines
Racine Legion
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents

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1925

NFL
Akron Pros
Buffalo Bisons
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Bulldogs
Columbus Tigers
Dayton Triangles
Detroit Panthers
Duluth Kelleys
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Kansas City Cowboys
Milwaukee Badgers
New York Giants
Pottsville Maroons
Providence Steam Roller
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents

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1926

NFL
Akron Indians
Brooklyn Lions
Buffalo Rangers
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Columbus Tigers
Dayton Triangles
Detroit Panthers
Duluth Eskimos
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Hartford Blues
Kansas City Cowboys
Los Angeles Buccaneers
Louisville Colonels
Milwaukee Badgers
New York Giants
Pottsville Maroons
Providence Steam Roller
Racine Tornadoes

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1927

NFL
Buffalo Bisons
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Bulldogs
Dayton Triangles
Duluth Eskimos
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
New York Yankees
Pottsville Maroons
Providence Steam Roller

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1928

NFL
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Dayton Triangles
Detroit Wolverines
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
New York Yankees
Pottsville Maroons
Providence Steam Roller

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1929

NFL
Boston Bulldogs
Buffalo Bisons
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Dayton Triangles
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Minneapolis Red Jackets
New York Giants
Orange Tornadoes
Providence Steam Roller
Staten Island Stapletons

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1930

NFL
Brooklyn Dodgers
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Minneapolis Red Jackets
New York Giants
Newark Tornadoes
Portsmouth Spartans
Providence Steam Roller
Staten Island Stapletons

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1931

NFL
Brooklyn Dodgers
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Indians
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Portsmouth Spartans
Providence Steam Roller
Staten Island Stapletons

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1932

NFL
Boston Braves
Brooklyn Dodgers
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Portsmouth Spartans
Staten Island Stapletons

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1933

NFL
EAST
Boston Redskins
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Pirates
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
Green Bay Packers
Portsmouth Spartans

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1934

NFL
EAST
Boston Redskins
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Pirates
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
St. Louis Gunners

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1935 (through 1936)

NFL
EAST
Boston Redskins
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Pirates
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

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1937 (through 1939)

NFL
EAST
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

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1940 (through 1942)

NFL
EAST
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

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1943

NFL
EAST
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Eagles/Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

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1944

NFL
EAST
Boston Yanks
Brooklyn Tigers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

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1945

NFL
EAST
Boston/Brooklyn Yanks/Tigers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

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1946 (through 1948)

NFL
EAST
Boston Yanks
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams

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1949

NFL
EAST
New York Bulldogs
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams

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1950

NFL
AMERICAN
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
NATIONAL
Baltimore Colts (I)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
New York Yanks
San Francisco 49ers

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1951

NFL
AMERICAN
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
NATIONAL
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
New York Yanks
San Francisco 49ers

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1952

NFL
AMERICAN
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
NATIONAL
Chicago Bears
Dallas Texans (I)
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers

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1953 (through 1959)

NFL
EAST
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Baltimore Colts (II)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers

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1960

NFL
EAST
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Redskins
WEST
Baltimore Colts (II)
Chicago Bears
Dallas Cowboys
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers

*

1961 (through 1965)

NFL
EAST
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Redskins
WEST
Baltimore Colts (II)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
Minnesota Vikings
San Francisco 49ers

*

1966

NFL
EAST
Atlanta Falcons
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Redskins
WEST
Baltimore Colts (II)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
Minnesota Vikings
San Francisco 49ers

*

1967

NFL
CAPITOL
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
CENTURY
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
COASTAL
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Colts (II)
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
CENTRAL
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings

*

1968

NFL
CAPITOL
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
CENTURY
Cleveland Browns
New Orleans Saints
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
COASTAL
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Colts (II)
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
CENTRAL
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings

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1969

NFL
CAPITOL
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
CENTURY
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
COASTAL
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Colts (II)
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
CENTRAL
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings

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1970

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Boston Patriots New York Giants
Buffalo Bills Philadelphia Eagles
Miami Dolphins St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers

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1971 (through 1975)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers

*

1976

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Seattle Seahawks

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1977 (through 1981)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Oakland Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

*

1982 (through 1983)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

*

1984 (through 1987)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys
Indianapolis Colts New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

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1988 (through 1993)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys
Indianapolis Colts New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots Phoenix Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

*

1994

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

*

1995

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

*

1996

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

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1997 (through 1998)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee Oilers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

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1999 (through 2001)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans WEST
WEST Atlanta Falcons
Denver Broncos Carolina Panthers
Kansas City Chiefs New Orleans Saints
Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers St. Louis Rams
Seattle Seahawks  

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2002 (through Today)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New York Jets Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots Washington Redskins
NORTH NORTH
Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
SOUTH SOUTH
Houston Texans Atlanta Falcons
Indianapolis Colts Carolina Panthers
Jacksonville Jaguars New Orleans Saints
Tennessee Titans Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs San Francisco 49ers
Oakland Raiders Seattle Seahawks
San Diego Chargers St. Louis Rams

 

The Longest Serving Baseball (MLB), Football (NFL), Basketball (NBA) and Hockey (NHL) Commissioners

So, after all of these years – and long ones with a lot of baseball change and controversy (steroids, broken records, interleague play, wild cards, central divisions, four new teams and more) – Bud Selig is stepping down as baseball’s commissioner. Rob Manfred will take over in January. Of course, he has, as he told ESPN, “very big shoes to fill.”

And 23 years worth to catch up to Selig, the second-longest serving MLB commissioner, one season less than baseball’s first, Judge Landis.

But what about all commissioners (or in the case of the NHL, presidents)?

Below check out the longest serving commissioners of the four major North American sports – combined and later by sport.

And so you can get your bearings a bit, a final list that runs everybody down chronologically.

ALL COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS SPORT
1. Clarence Campbell 31 1946-1977 NHL
2. David Stern 30 1984-2014 NBA
3. Pete Rozelle 29 1960-1989 NFL
4. Frank Calder 26 1917-1943 NHL
5. Judge Kenesaw Landis 24 1920-1944 MLB
6. Bud Selig 23 1992-2015 MLB
7. Gary Bettman TBD (21) 1993- NHL
8. Joseph Carr 18 1921-1939 NFL
9. Paul Tagliabue 17 1989-2006 NFL
9. Maurice Podoloff 17 1946-1963 NBA
11. Bowie Kuhn 15 1969-1984 MLB
11. John Ziegler 15 1977-1992 NHL
13. Bert Bell 13 1946-1959 NFL
14. Walter Kennedy 12 1963-1975 NBA
15. Larry O’Brien 9 1975-1984 NBA
16. Roger Goodell TBD (8) 2006- NFL
17. Happy Chandler 6 1945-1951 MLB
18. Peter Ueberroth 5 1984-1989 MLB
18. Elmer Layden 5 1941-1946 NFL
20. Ford Frick 4 1951-1965 MLB
21. William Eckert 3 1965-1968 MLB
21. Fay Vincent 3 1989-1992 MLB
21. Red Dutton 3 1943-1946 NHL
24. Carl Storck 2 1939-1941 NFL
25. Adam Silver TBD (1) 2014- NBA
25. A. Bartlett Giamatti 1 1989 MLB
25. Jim Thorpe 1 1920-1921 NFL
25. Austin Gunsel 1 1959-1960 NFL
25. Gil Stein 1 1992-1993 NHL
30. Rob Manfred TBD (0) 2015- MLB

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MLB COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. Judge Kenesaw Landis 24 1920-1944
2. Bud Selig 23 1992-2015
3. Bowie Kuhn 15 1969-1984
4. Happy Chandler 6 1945-1951
5. Peter Ueberroth 5 1984-1989
6. Ford Frick 4 1951-1965
7. William Eckert 3 1965-1968
7. Fay Vincent 3 1989-1992
9. A. Bartlett Giamatti 1 1989
10. Rob Manfred TBD (0) 2015-

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NFL COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. Pete Rozelle 29 1960-1989
2. Joseph Carr 18 1921-1939
3. Paul Tagliabue 17 1989-2006
4. Bert Bell 13 1946-1959
5. Roger Goodell TBD (8) 2006-
6. Elmer Layden 5 1941-1946
7. Carl Storck 2 1939-1941
8. Jim Thorpe 1 1920-1921
8. Austin Gunsel 1 1959-1960

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NBA COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. David Stern 30 1984-2014
2. Maurice Podoloff 17 1946-1963
3. Walter Kennedy 12 1963-1975
4. Larry O’Brien 9 1975-1984
5. Adam Silver TBD (1) 2014-

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NHL COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. Clarence Campbell 1946-1977 31
2. Frank Calder 1917-1943 26
3. Gary Bettman 1993- TBD (21)
4. John Ziegler 1977-1992 15
5. Red Dutton 1943-1946 3
6. Gil Stein 1992-1993 1

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ALL COMMISSIONERS, CHRONOLOGICAL

MLB COMMISSIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Judge Kenesaw Landis 1920-1944 24 MLB
Happy Chandler 1945-1951 6 MLB
Ford Frick 1951-1965 4 MLB
William Eckert 1965-1968 3 MLB
Bowie Kuhn 1969-1984 15 MLB
Peter Ueberroth 1984-1989 5 MLB
A. Bartlett Giamatti 1989 1 MLB
Fay Vincent 1989-1992 3 MLB
Bud Selig 1992-2015 23 MLB
Rob Manfred 2015- TBD (0) MLB
       
NFL COMMISIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Jim Thorpe 1920-1921 1 NFL
Joseph Carr 1921-1939 18 NFL
Carl Storck 1939-1941 2 NFL
Elmer Layden 1941-1946 5 NFL
Bert Bell 1946-1959 13 NFL
Austin Gunsel 1959-1960 1 NFL
Pete Rozelle 1960-1989 29 NFL
Paul Tagliabue 1989-2006 17 NFL
Roger Goodell 2006- TBD (8) NFL
       
NBA COMMISSIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Maurice Podoloff 1946-1963 17 NBA
Walter Kennedy 1963-1975 12 NBA
Larry O’Brien 1975-1984 9 NBA
David Stern 1984-2014 30 NBA
Adam Silver 2014- TBD (1) NBA
       
NHL COMMISSIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Frank Calder 1917-1943 26 NHL
Red Dutton 1943-1946 3 NHL
Clarence Campbell 1946-1977 31 NHL
John Ziegler 1977-1992 15 NHL
Gil Stein 1992-1993 1 NHL
Gary Bettman 1993- TBD (21) NHL

 

National Football League’s Retired Numbers By Team

Chicago Bears (14)      
3 Bronko Nagurski FB 1930-1937, 1943
5 George McAfee HB-DB 1940, 1941, 1945-1950
7 George Halas END 1920-1928  
28 Willie Galimore HB 1957-1963  
34 Walter Payton RB 1975-1987  
40 Gale Sayers RB 1965-1971  
41 Brian Piccolo RB 1966-1969  
42 Sid Luckman QB 1939-1950  
51 Dick Butkus LB 1965-1973  
56 Bil Hewitt END 1932-1939, 1943
61 Bill George LB 1952-1965  
66 Bulldog Turner C 1940-1952  
77 Red Grange HB 1925, 1929-1934
89 Mike Ditka TE 1961-1966  
         
New York Giants (12)      
1 Ray Flaherty END-DE 1928, 1929, 1931-1935
4 Tuffy Leemans FB 1936-1943  
7 Mel Hein C 1931-1945  
11 Phil Simms QB 1979-1981, 1983-1993
14 Ward Cuff K-WB 1937-1945  
14 Y.A. Tittle QB 1961-1964  
16 Frank Gifford HB-WR 1952-1960, 1962-1964
32 Al Blozis T 1942-1944  
40 Joe Morrison HB-WR 1959-1972  
42 Charlie Conerly QB 1948-1961  
50 Ken Strong FB 1933-1935, 1939, 1944-1947
56 Lawrence Taylor LB 1981-1993  
         
San Francisco 49ers (12)      
8 Steve Young QB 1987-1999  
12 John Brodie QB 1957-1973  
16 Joe Montana QB 1979-1990, 1992
34 Joe Perry FB 1948-1960, 1963
37 Jimmy Johnson DB 1961-1976  
39 Hugh McElhenny HB 1952-1960  
42 Ronnie Lott DB 1981-1990  
70 Charlie Krueger DT 1959-1973  
73 Leo Nomellini DT 1950-1963  
79 Bob St. Clair T 1953-1963  
80 Jerry Rice WR 1985-2000  
87 Dwight Clark WR 1979-1987  
         
Kansas City Chiefs (10)      
3 Jan Stenerud K 1967-1979  
16 Len Dawson QB 1963-1975  
18 Emmitt Thomas DB 1966-1978  
28 Abner Haynes HB 1960-1964 Dallas Texans (1960-1962)
33 Stone Johnson KR-RB DNP*  
36 Mack Lee Hill FB-HB 1964, 1965  
58 Derrick Thomas LB 1989-1999  
63 Willie Lanier LB 1967-1977  
78 Bobby Bell LB 1963-1974  
86 Buck Buchanan DT 1963-1975  
         
Philadelphia Eagles (9)      
5 Donovan McNabb QB 1999-2009  
15 Steve Van Buren KR-HB 1944-1951  
20 Brian Dawkins DB 1996-2008  
40 Tom Brookshier DB 1953, 1956-1961
44 Pete Retzlaff TE 1956-1966  
60 Chuck Bednarik LB-C 1949-1962  
70 Al Wistert T 1943-1951  
92 Reggie White DE 1985-1992  
99 Jerome Brown DT 1987-1991  
         
Indianapolis Colts (8)      
18 Peyton Manning QB 1998-2010  
19 Johnny Unitas QB 1956-1972 Baltimore Colts
22 Buddy Young HB 1953-1955 Baltimore Colts
24 Lenny Moore HB 1956-1967 Baltimore Colts
70 Art Donovan DT 1950, 1953-1961 Baltimore Colts
77 Jim Parker T 1957-1967 Baltimore Colts
82 Raymond Berry END 1955-1967 Baltimore Colts
89 Gino Marchetti DE 1953-1966 Baltimore Colts
         
St. Louis Rams (8)      
7 Bob Waterfield QB 1945-1952 Cleveland Rams (1945), L.A. Rams (1946-1952)
28 Marshall Faulk RB 1999-2005  
29 Eric Dickerson RB 1983-1987 L.A. Rams
74 Merlin Olsen DT 1962-1976 L.A. Rams
75 Deacon Jones DE 1961-1971 L.A. Rams
78 Jackie Slater T 1976-1995 L.A. Rams (1976-1994)
80 Isaac Bruce WR 1994-2007 L.A. Rams (1994)
85 Jack Youngblood DE 1971-1984 L.A. Rams
         
New England Patriots (7)      
20 Gino Cappelletti K-WR 1960-1970 Boston Patriots
40 Mike Haynes DB 1976-1982  
57 Steve Nelson LB 1974-1987  
73 John Hannah G 1973-1985  
78 Bruce Armstrong T-G 1987-2000  
79 Jim Hunt DT 1960-1970 Boston Patriots
89 Bob Dee DE 1960-1967 Boston Patriots
         
Detroit Lions (6)      
7 Dutch Clark TB 1931, 1932, 1934-1938 Portsmouth Spartans (1931, 1932)
20 Barry Sanders RB 1989-1998  
22 Bobby Layne QB 1950-1958  
37 Doak Walker K-HB 1950-1955  
56 Joe Schmidt LB 1953-1965  
85 Chuck Hughes WR 1970, 1971  
         
Minnesota Vikings (6)      
10 Fran Tarkenton QB 1961-1966, 1972-1978
53 Mick Tingelhoff C 1962-1978  
70 Jim Marshall DE 1961-1979  
77 Korey Stringer T 1995-2000  
80 Cris Carter WR 1990-2001  
88 Alan Page DT 1967-1978  
         
Tennessee Titans (6)      
1 Warren Moon QB 1984-1993 Houston Oilers
34 Earl Campbell RB 1978-1984 Houston Oilers
43 Jim Norton P-DB 1960-1968 Houston Oilers
63 Mike Munchak G 1982-1993 Houston Oilers
65 Elvin Bethea DE 1968-1983 Houston Oilers
74 Bruce Matthews G-C 1983-2001 Houston Oilers (1983-1996), Tennessee Oilers (1997, 1998)
         
Arizona Cardinals (5)      
8 Larry Wilson DB 1960-1972 St. Louis Cardinals
40 Pat Tillman DB 1998-2001  
77 Stan Mauldin T 1946-1948 Chicago Cardinals
88 J.V. Cain TE-WR 1974-1977 St. Louis Cardinals
99 Marshall Goldberg RB 1939-1948 Chicago Cardinals
         
Cleveland Browns (5)      
14 Otto Graham QB 1946-1955  
32 Jim Brown RB 1957-1965  
45 Ernie Davis RB DNP*  
46 Don Fleming DB 1960-1962  
76 Lou Groza K-T 1946-1967  
         
Green Bay Packers (5)      
3 Tony Canadeo HB 1941-1944, 1946-1952
14 Don Hutson K-END 1935-1945  
15 Bart Starr QB 1956-1971  
66 Ray Nitschke LB 1958-1972  
92 Reggie White DE 1993-1998, 2000
         
New York Jets (5)      
12 Joe Namath QB 1965-1976  
13 Don Maynard WR 1960-1973 New York Titans (1960-1962)
28 Curtis Martin RB 1998-2005  
73 Joe Klecko DT 1977-1987  
90 Dennis Byrd DT 1989-1992  
         
Atlanta Falcons (4)      
10 Steve Bartowski QB 1975-1985  
31 William Andrews RB 1979-1983, 1986
57 Jeff Van Note C 1969-1986  
60 Tommy Nobis LB 1966-1976  
         
Seattle Seahawks (4)      
12 The Fans 12TH MAN 1976-present  
71 Walter Jones T 1997-2008  
80 Steve Largent WR 1976-1989  
96 Cortez Kennedy DT 1990-2000  
         
Denver Broncos (3)      
7 John Elway QB 1983-1998  
18 Frank Tripucka QB 1960-1963  
44 Floyd Little RB 1967-1975  
         
Miami Dolphins (3)      
12 Bob Griese QB 1967-1980  
13 Dan Marino QB 1983-1999  
39 Larry Csonka RB 1968-1974, 1979
         
New Orleans Saints (3)      
8 Archie Manning QB 1971-1975, 1977-1982
31 Jim Taylor FB 1967  
81 Doug Atkins DE 1967-1969  
         
San Diego Chargers (3)      
17 Dan Fouts QB 1973-1987  
19 Lance Alworth WR 1962-1970  
55 Junior Seau LB 1990-2002  
         
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2)      
63 Lee Roy Selmon DE 1976-1984  
99 Warren Sapp DT 1995-2003  
         
Buffalo Bills (1)      
12 Jim Kelly QB 1986-1996  
         
Carolina Panthers (1)      
51 Sam Mills LB 1995-1997  
         
Cincinnati Bengals (1)      
54 Bob Johnson C 1968-1979  
         
Pittsburgh Steelers (1)      
70 Ernie Stautner DT 1950-1963  
         
Washington Redskins (1)      
33 Sammy Baugh TB-QB 1937-1952  
         
Baltimore Ravens (0)      
         
Dallas Cowboys (0)      
         
Houston Texans (0)      
         
Jacksonville Jaguars (0)      
         
Oakland Raiders (0)      

 

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