Up Your NFL Trivia Game With The Regular Season Starting: NFL Teams with Cat Mascots

Whether you’re a football fanatic or a casual fan, there’s plenty to be excited about with this NFL season. There are four teams with cat-themed names – what’s the history, and does having a cat-related name make a team sound fierce, or cute and cuddly? Let’s take a look.

Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals are a tiger-themed team that plays in black and orange, although their white kit also reflects a famous white Bengal tiger that lived at the Cincinnati Zoo when the team was formed.

Bengal Name

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The Bengals name was chosen by the team founder Paul Brown, in an homage to a prior pro football team of the same name in the city. Fans had suggested other names, but it was Bengals that stuck.

Bengals Team History

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The Bengals have never won the Super Bowl, though they did make the game in 2021, their first appearance in over 30 years. They have won many division titles at least, but are yet to get their hands on the Lombardi trophy.

Carolina Panthers

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The Carolina Panthers are known for their black jerseys and aggressive panther logo. Owner Jerry Richardson wanted the name because he wanted the team to be powerful, sleek, and strong.

Panthers Name

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The Panthers name also comes from the actual animal – Carolina panthers used to be prevalent in both states until they fell into near extinction in the early 20th Century.

Panthers Team History

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The recent history for the Panthers hasn’t been great, with only one playoff appearance since 2017. They did make the Super Bowl in 2015 but lost to the Denver Broncos.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the newer teams in the NFL, joining in the same expansion as the Carolina Panthers in 1995.

Jaguars Name

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The Jaguars name was chosen in a fan poll – around 4 years before the team even joined the NFL! The other options in the poll were the Panthers (before Carolina sewed that up), the Sharks and the Stingrays.

Jaguars Team History

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The Jaguars haven’t always played with the power and drive of their namesake – they’ve won two divisional titles since 2000, with four playoff appearances in total.

Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions came into existence when bought by a group headed by Motown radio exec George A. Richards. With the baseball team named the Tigers, Richards wanted to keep the theme and so went with Lions.

Lions Heritage

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When the Detroit Lions arrived from their original home of Portsmouth, Ohio, the Detroit Zoo director John Millen offered up a gift – two lion cubs, named “Grid” and “Iron”. For a while these cubs accompanied the team to their games.

Lions Team History

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Richards declared that he wanted to be the “Lion King” and for his team to be the monarch of the league. They were successful, for a period, but then the Bobby Layne curse occurred and the team has won nothing for many years.

Kitten Cuties: 12 Adorable Photos That Will Make You Go “Aww”

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Discover the endearing magic in their delicate whiskers as these kittens explore their surroundings with curiosity, captivating us with their adorable expressions.

These little moments just capture our hearts.

Ragdoll Seal Mitted Cats: Check Out the Beautiful Transition

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Ragdoll cats are renowned for their captivating coat colors and patterns, and one particularly stunning variation is the seal mitted Ragdoll. 

Diving into Seal-Mitted Ragdolls.

Chatty Cats: 10 Talkative Cat Breeds that Love a Good Conversation

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Are you ready for a lively and engaging conversation with your feline friend? Some cats are known for their talkative nature.

If you are ready for a chat, read more here.

Top Reasons Why Cats Follow Us to the Bathroom: Unraveling the Feline Fascination

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Cats have a peculiar habit of following us to the bathroom, turning what should be a private moment into a shared experience.

Let’s delve into the top reasons why they can’t seem to leave us alone.

Kitten Wonders: Discover the Charm of These 12 Irresistible Photos

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There’s something truly uplifting about a kitten. That newborn curiosity, the boundless energy (until it’s naptime), and the face that just looks like the picture of innocence…we really do struggle to resist their charms, don’t we? So why try?

Irresistible Kitten Pictures

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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