If you’re one of the many men, women or children not quite in “NFL” shape, there’s still good news: you’re currently a free agent to fandom. As an official NFL fan, you have the right to scream, yell, cheer, cry and exuberantly jump for joy when last-second field goals clear the post.
As a purveyor of pigskin, you also have the right to retain your fandom during darker years, like the Buffalo Bills of the early 90’s. The Bills—and their fans—valiantly wore their trademark red and blue through four straight Super Bowl losses, including the (trigger warning) “Wide Right” game in 1991.
Being a Buffalo fan is no joke. But if you’re looking for a team that’s had more recent success, why not try Seattle? Represent the 12th Man in style with a classic navy and green jersey, or perhaps a vintage Steve Largent shirt. However, with multiple superstars on the squad, there’s no wrong NFL jersey to pick up.
Too much rain for you in the Northwest? Then it’s on to the Mile High City, where Denver Broncos fans bleed orange and blue. The roar of fans stuck with the Broncos through three blowout Super Bowl losses in the 1980s before snagging two titles of their own in 1997 and 1998. Perennial contenders to this day, Broncos fans are known for their infamous “IN-COM-PLETE” chant that drowns out the sound of popping pads on the field.
Perhaps Green Bay is your fandom destination, where you could don green and yellow of a Packers that’s played in the same city since 1919. Besides, your jersey doesn’t just say “Rodgers” on the back—it says yes, I’ll weather the storms, both literal and metaphorical, and I’ll have another helping of cheese curds while you’re up.
Hate cheese? Does the color green send you into a frenzy? Then swoop into Chicago where the Bears run rampant and represent the Packers’ greatest rival. Frigid winters produce tough fans who haven’t stopped screaming since their 1985 championship run. Plus, with some authentic Bears gear, you’ll join a steadfast community that’s stayed strong since 1919.
Too cold up in the Midwest? Let’s try Dallas, where legends like Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith punished defenses in the 90s that landed them three Super Bowl rings in four years. With a classic navy blue star on your cap or jersey, you’ll fit right in with America’s Team.
If Texas isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of options further east. Consider the Miami Dolphins, who in 1972 became the first and only team to go undefeated en route to a Super Bowl Victory. Whether sporting a Dolphins hat, jersey or hoodie, you’ll have bragging rights to the perfect 14-0 season.
One of the Cowboys’ biggest rivals sets up shop in New York, and you know them as the New York Football Giants. They’re a good franchise to root for if you like four Super Bowls championships, constant playoff appearances and a rabid fan base.
Let me guess, you have a twin who likes the Giants? And you want to steer clear of the navy blue? Well guess what, the Giants have a twin too, and they’re called the Jets—they even share a stadium! There’s pride in wearing a white and green New York Jets jersey, who were the first AFL team to win a Super Bowl in 1969.