National Football League Teams 1920-1959
|Ohio League founding members of APFA|
|C||Rock Island Independents||1920-1925|
|American Pro Football Association 1920-1921|
|10||Evansville Crimson Giants||1921-1922|
|11||Green Bay Packers||1921-present|
|16||New York Giants||1921; 1924-present|
|National Football League 1922-1925|
|23||St. Louis All-Stars||1923|
|27||Kansas City Blues||1924|
|31||Providence Steam Roller||1925-1931|
|32||Kansas City Cowboys||1925-1926|
|NFL Consolidation Era 1926-1932|
|33||Los Angeles Buccaneers||1926|
|42||Staten Island Stapletons||1929-1932|
|44||Minneapolis Red Jackets||1929-1930|
|NFL Championship Era 1933-1959|
|54||St. Louis Gunners||1934|
|62||Los Angeles Rams||1946-1994; 2019-present|
|62||New York Bulldogs||1949|
|64||The Yanks (Boston-Brooklyn)||1951|
American Football Leagues Timeline 1926-1959
|American Football League I 1926|
|2||New York Yankees||1926|
|4||Los Angeles Wildcats||1926|
|American Football League II 1934|
|9||St. Louis Blues||1934|
|10||Kansas City Blues||1934|
|American Football League III 1936-1937|
|20||Los Angeles Bulldogs||1936-1937|
|American Football League IV 1938-1939|
|22||East Chicago Indians||1938-1939|
|American Football League V 1940-1941|
|Pacific Coast Pro Football League 1940-1948|
|33||Hollywood Bears||1940-1942; 1948|
|36||San Diego Bombers||1940-1946|
|37||San Francisco Bay Packers||1941-1944|
|38||Los Angeles Mustangs||1942-1943|
|41||San Jose Mustangs||1944-1945|
|43||San Francisco Clippers||1945-1948|
|46||Salt Lake City Seagulls||1946-1947|
|48||Long Beach Bulldogs||1948|
|American Football League VI 1944|
|52||San Diego Gunners||1944|
|All-America Football Conference 1946-1949|
|56||San Francisco 49’ers||1946-present|
|57||Los Angeles Dons||1946-1949|
|59||Brooklyn-New York Yankees||1949|
|National-American Football League 1950-1954|
|63||New York Yanks||1950-1951|
Irish Born NFL & AFL players 1920-1959
Bertie Maher, DE, who was born in Co. Mayo, played Defensive End for the Detroit Heralds in 1920. 
Bob Nash, DE/OT, who was born in Collinstown, Ireland, Played Defensive End & Offensive Tackle for the Akron Pros in 1920 , Buffalo All-Americans in 1921-1923, Rochester Jeffersons 1924 , New York Giants 1925 
Tom McGlaughlin, FB, who was born in Ireland, played Fullback for the Tonawanda Kardex in 1921.
Con O’Brien, OT, who was born in Ireland, Played Offensive Tackle for the New York Giants in 1921 
Brian McGrath, OG, who was born in Ireland, played Offensive Guard for the Louisville Brecks in 1922. 
Francis Fitzgerald, BB-DB, who was born in Co. Kerry, played Defensive Back for the Toledo Maroons in 1923 
 New York Yankees moved from AFL to NFL in 1927.
 Cleveland Rams moved from AFL to NFL in 1937.
 Cincinnati Bengals and a number of other teams were in numerous AFL’s.
 Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49’ers and Baltimore Colts moved from AAFC to NFL in 1950.
 Buffalo Bills & Cincinnati Bengals not same teams as current NFL teams. NFL reused the names.
 National Football League known as National-American Football League from 1950-1952 following merger of National Football League and All-America Football Conference, with two Conferences (National & American) replacing Eastern & Western Division . Reverted to NFL name in 1953.
 Four teams – the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Rock Island Independents and Dayton Triangles were members of the Ohio League (1901-1919) and became founder members of the American Professional Football Association in 1920.
 The American Professional Football Association (1920-1921) changed its name to the National Football League in 1922.
 The National Football League operated as the only Pro Football League from 1922-1925, and in 1926 made the decision to consolidate its players on a smaller number of financially successful teams.
 The American Football League of 1926 was the first Major Rival to the NFL to use the AFL name.
 The first scheduled National Football League Championship Game took place in 1933.
 National Football League (2014) “Past Standings” 2014 Official NFL Record & Factbook” pg. 350-399. National football League, Time Home Entertainment. 2014.
 Pro Football Hall of Fame (2005) American Football League Standings (1936-37) [Internet] Available from: http://www.profootballhof.com/news/american-football-league-standings-1936-37/ [Accessed 5 June 2017]
 Bob Gill, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1989) Back Before Bengalmania – Cincinnati’s First Brush with the Big Time – [Internet] Available from: http://profootballresearchers.com/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/11-05-379.pdf [Accessed 9 October 2018]
 Pro Football Archives (2019) 1938 | American Football League [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/1938.html [Accessed 12 October 2019]
 Pro Football Archives (2019) 1939 | American Football League [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/1939.html [Accessed 12 October 2019]
 Pro Football Hall of Fame (2005) American Football League (1940-1941) [Internet] Available from: http://www.profootballhof.com/news/american-football-league-1940-1941/ [Accessed 5 June 2017]
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 Wikipedia (2018) All-America Football Conference Logo [Internet] Available from: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/11/All-America_Football_Conference_%28logo%29.png [Accessed 8 October 2018]
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 Pro Football Archives (2019) Detroit Heralds 1920 [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/1920apfadet.html [Accessed 11 October 2019]
 Pro Football Archives (2019) Tonawanda Kardex 1921 [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/1921apfaton.html [Accessed 11 October 2019]
 Pro Football Archives (2019) Louisville Brecks 1922 [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/1922nfllou.html [Accessed 11 October 2019]
 Pro Football Archives (2019) Toledo Maroons 1923 [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/1923nfltol.html [Accessed 11 October 2019]
 Pro Football Archives (2019) Bob Nash [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/playern/nash00200.html [Accessed 11 October 2019]
 Pro Football Archives (2019) New York Giants 1921 [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/1921apfany.html [Accessed 11 October 2019]
 Pro Football Archives (2019) Bert Maher [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/playerm/mahe00200.html [Accessed 11 October 2019]
 Pro Football Archives (2019) Brian McGrath [Internet] Available from: https://www.profootballarchives.com/playerm/mcgr00400.html [Accessed 11 October 2019]
Thanks to Decy Maher and John Kane.
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