History of the NFL Teams (AFC North) Part 1

History of the NFL Teams

Right now I’m going to write about the history of all the NFL team, where they come from and where are they now. Since people around here always be talking about how the Baltimore Ravens are really the Cleveland Browns I want to start off with football even though this is not football season. I like talking about the current sport or sports that are happening right now like basketball, hockey, and baseball. I’m going to break these teams down by divisions, so I know where I’m at when it comes to talking about that sports team. People around here make out that Baltimore Ravens are the only sports team was in another city. When Redskins fans talk about it, I always bring up how the Washington Redskins used to be the Boston Braves, then the Boston Redskins. Then they moved the team to Washington a few years later and they’ve been there ever since. Let’s get into it.

The History of the AFC North

The American Football Conference (AFC) North consists of the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and the Cincinnati Bengals. I’m going to breakdown each team. First I’m going to start with my favorite team the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens:

Colors: Purple, Black, White, and Metallic Gold

Mascot: Poe

Fight song: The Baltimore Fight Song

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The Baltimore Ravens is an American football team that is located in Baltimore, Maryland (MD). The Ravens compete in the National Football League (NFL). The team plays its home games at the M & T Bank Stadium. The Headquarters are located in Owings Mills, MD which is a suburb of Baltimore, MD.

The Ravens were established in 1996 when Art Modell announced that he is going to relocate the Cleveland Brown to Baltimore back in the 1995 season. As the part of a settlement, Art had to leave the history of the Browns back in Cleveland. They had to make out the Baltimore Ravens would be like an expansion team. The records stayed in Cleveland even though they took the coaching staff, players and personnel to Baltimore. They started playing football in the old Memorial Stadium. The place I personally miss very much. That was my pass time place where I used to watch the Baltimore Orioles and the Colts.

Since 2000 the Baltimore franchise has been to the playoffs eleven times with two Super Bowl victories (Super Bowl XXXV and Super Bowl XLVII), two AFC championship titles (2000 and 2012), four AFC championship appearance (2000, 2008, 2011, and 2012), and five division titles (2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, and 2018). The only NFL team that has a perfect record in Super Bowl appearances.

In the history of the Ravens, they only had three head coaches Ted Marchibroda, Brian Billick, and John Harbaugh. They were led by Ozzie Newsome from 1996 to his retirement in 2018. The owner’s name is Steve Bisciotti, the current General manager that replaced Ozzie Newsome name is Eric DeCosta. Looks like he made some changes already. I hope they are for the better.

In 1993, they had Baltimore as one of the cities to get an expansion franchise along with Jacksonville, St. Louis, Memphis, and Charlotte which all those places has NFL teams except for St. Louis because the Rams went back to Los Angeles (LA). The Memphis team is currently in Nashville as the Tennessee Titans and Charlotte has the Carolina Panthers. Baltimore was trying to find a name for their football team since Indianapolis has the Colts.

Cleveland Browns:

Colors: Brown, Orange, and White
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The Cleveland Browns are an American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio (OH). The Browns compete in the NFL in the AFC North division. They play their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium which opened in 1999. The Headquarters are located in Berea, OH. The Brown has the unusual helmets with no logo on them.

The Cleveland Brown franchise was founded in 1945 by businessman Arthur McBride and Paul Brown as a chapter of the All-American Football Conference (AAFC). The Browns dominated the AAFC with a 47-4-3 record in the league’s four seasons and winning a championship in each of those seasons. When the AAFC folded in 1949 the Cleveland Browns joined the NFL along with the San Francisco 49ers and the original Baltimore Colts. During their early time in the NFL, the Browns managed to win a few more championships in 1954, 1955, and 1964 seasons. Since the Super Bowl era, they never won or made it to the big game, but they came close a couple of times back in the 1980s.

In 1995, Art Modell, who purchased the Cleveland Browns back in 1961 announced plans to move the franchise to Baltimore. After threats of legal action by the city of Cleveland and the fan, a settlement was reached in early 1996 that allow Modell to establish the Baltimore Ravens as a new franchise while retaining contracts of all the Browns players, coaching staff and personnel. Cleveland kept everything that has something to do with the team including the name, logo, training facility, records, history, etc. The NFL regarded the franchise as suspended until 1999 when Cleveland has rewarded another franchise and called them the Browns. They retained the records and history almost like the Browns never left town.

Ever since the Cleveland Browns reestablish themselves in 1999, they struggled, They only had one playoff appearance since they came back (2002) and two winning seasons (2002 and 2007). They had a lack of stability at quarterback until the got their first-round draft pick, Baker Mayfield. In 2017, they went 0-16 joining the Detroit Lions in 2008. Through 2018 they hold the longest playoff drought in the NFL at 16 seasons.

McBride sold the team to a group of Cleveland businessmen back in 1953 for $600,000. Eight years later they sold the team to a New York businessman Art Modell. Modell fired Brown before the 1963 football season. They still had success behind running back Jim Brown by winning their only NFL in 1964. Then they reached the championship game the following season by losing to the Green Bay Packers.

When the AFL and the NFL merged back in 1970, Cleveland Browns went into the AFC. They made it to the playoffs in 1971 and 1972. They fell to mediocrity in the mid-1970s. They made a comeback by drafting Bernie Kosar in 1985. They made to the playoffs a few times by making it to the AFC Championship game each time and losing to the Denver Broncos. I remember those games.

After a three-year suspension, they demolished the Cleveland Stadium and built the FirstEnergy Stadium in its place where the Cleveland Browns start playing back in 1999. They have a new owner in Al Lerner. Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, the Browns has struggled by making one playoff appearance in 2002. They posted a record of 88-216 (.289) since they returned in 1999. The Lerner family sold the team to businessman Jimmy Haslam in 2012. Since Haslam’s ownership, he had four head coaches and four general managers. None have found any success. Hue Jackson had an 0-16 record back in 2017 and 1-15 in 2016. In those two years together he had a 1-31 record. He had the worst record in a two-year period in NFL history. He received the number one pick in the 2018 draft. They selected Baker Mayfield.

Since 1999 when they came into the league after a three-year absence they had many head coaches including their current one Freddie Kitchens, the general manager is John Dorsey, and the owners are Jimmy Haslam and Dee Haslam. Cleveland Brown have made their team better since the 2017 season when they were 0-16. Last year they improved to a 7-8-1 under rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. I told people the Browns are going to scare me because of the players they picked up. This off-season they picked up some better players. They might be Super Bowl contender. Watch out for the Cleveland Brown. Me as a Ravens fan I’m letting all you guys know that.

Cincinnati Bengals:

Colors: Orange, Black, and White

Fight song: Bengals Growl

Mascot: Bengal tiger (Who Dey)

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The Cincinnati Bengals are an American football who play in Cincinnati, OH. The Bengals compete in the NFL as a member of the AFC North. Their home stadium is the Paul Brown stadium which is located in downtown Cincinnati. Their headquarters is also at the Paul Brown Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bengals were founded in 1966 as a member of the American Football League (AFL) by the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns Paul Brown. Brown was the first head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals after being let go be Art Modell in 1963. Brown had shown interest in opening another team in Ohio. He was looking at Columbus or Cincinnati. He chose Cincinnati. He made a deal with the Cincinnati Reds so they could build a multi-sport stadium so the Reds and the Bengals could play their home games there.

Due to the merger that happened in 1970, Cincinnati agreed to play their final season as an AFL team. Then they were assigned to play in the AFC. Cincinnati was chosen because they have lots of major cities not too far like Columbus, Springfield, and Dayton, OH and in Kentucky, you have Lexington and Louisville that all are within 110 miles of the city.

In both 1981 and 1988, the Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC Championship and went to the Super Bowl. Lost to the San Francisco 49ers both times. After Paul Brown’s death in 1991, the team was inherited by his son Mike Brown. In 2011 Brown purchased a share of the team owned the estate co-founder Austin Knowlton and now is the majority owner of the Bengals.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the Bengals struggled with a losing record and not making the playoffs in 14 seasons. Throughout that time that Bengals had several head coaches and several top draft pick which did not pan out for them. Mike Brown, the team’s general manager, and the owner was rated the worst owner in all of the American sports.

Since the mid-2000s they hired Marvin Lewis and the Bengals improved dramatically. They had their first winning season in over a decade. After they drafted Andy Dalton in 2011 they made it to the playoffs every year until 2016. They ranked among the NFL teams during that period. However, the team was not able to win a playoff game during the Marvin Lewis years. They have not won a playoff game since 1990, which is the longest drought in the NFL. The Bengals one of 12 teams that have not won a Super Bowl and one of eight that has been to a Super Bowl without a win.

Cincinnati Bengals made some changes during the off-season at head coach by firing Marvin Lewis and brought in Zac Taylor, the owner, general manager, and president of the team is Mike Brown. I think that they should hire a general manager and president so Mike Brown can be the owner.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Colors: Black, Yellow, and White

Mascot: Steely McBeam

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Before I start, the Pittsburgh Steelers fan likes to brag about how many Super Bowls they have won. They say they have won six Super Bowls. I tell them that they won only two and they are tied with the Baltimore Ravens. They have won two Super Bowls since Baltimore came to town. Now New England is tied with them. I have not heard them brag about the Super Bowl since New England won their last Super Bowl since they are now tied with Pittsburgh with six Super Bowls. Now back to the story about this crazy team. Lol.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are an American football team who is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PA). The Steelers compete in the NFL as the member of the AFC North division. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the oldest team in the AFC. They play their home games at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The headquarters are in University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC) Sports Performance Complex in Pittsburgh, PA. Their training camp is in Latrobe, PA.

In the pre-merger of the NFL, the Steelers were the oldest team that never have won a championship. During the post-merger era, the Steelers became one of the most successful franchises in NFL history. You know I hate to type this since I’m a Ravens, but I have to because all this is true. They went to a total of eight Super Bowls and won six, now tied with the New England Patriots another team I don’t like. I’ll be talking about them in a little later in one of my posts. Both teams played in 16 conference championship games and hosted more conference championship game than any other team in the NFL. The Steelers won 8 AFC Championship games tied with the Denver Broncos. Only the New England Patriots have more with winning 11 AFC Championship games. Tied with the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos with 8 Super Bowl appearances, the last one the lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were established in 1933. They joined the NFL as the Pittsburgh Pirates. The owner Art Rooney took the name from the baseball team. It was the common thing to do back in those days. They usually take the name from the baseball team of that city. Then they called the team the Rooneymen, an unofficial nickname which was persisted for decades after adopting the current nickname the Steelers.

The ownership has been in the Rooney family since the team started back in 1933. The original Art Rooney owned the team until 1988. Then his son Dan Rooney over his team from 1988 until his death in 2017. Now the team is owned by Dan’s son Art Rooney ll. Basically, the team is owned by the Rooney family, the president is Art Rooney ll, the general manager is Kevin Colbert and the head coach is Mike Tomlin. They played as the Pittsburgh Pirates until 1939. Then they became the Steelers. In 1943, they became the Phil-Pitt Steagles, and in 1944 they were the Card-Pitt team. Then in 1945, they became the Steelers again. They’ve been the Steelers since.

Back in the 1940s, some teams merged together like the Philadelphia Eagle and the Pittsburgh Steelers became one team for a season. They called themselves the Phil-Pitt Steagles. Then a year later the Pittsburgh Steelers merged with the Chicago Cardinals and became Card-Pitt.


I was going to tell you about the history of football with conferences. This is just the AFC North and I wrote lots of words on this post. I decide to this by conference because the content is going to be way too long for me to write if I do it by the conference. The name of the posts is going to be The History of the NFL. Then I’ll put the name of the conference and division name. Then I’m going to put whatever part it is like this one is the AFC North Part 1. This is going to be an eight-part series since the NFL has eight divisions. Pretty soon get ready for part 2.

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