A mascot can say a lot about a team.
While some make perfect sense (like Staley Da Bear for the Chicago Bears), others can be a little out there (cough cough…Brownie the Elf for the Cleveland Browns, or Sourdough Sam for the 49ers).
But no matter how ridiculous some may be, fans fully embrace the mascot of their favorite NFL team. But which mascots are the most beloved?
To find the answer, we went straight to the source: NFL fans.
We asked over 1,000 fans to rank their favorite mascots across the league.
We also asked which mascots are the worst, which are the most disliked, and which are just downright obnoxious.
Most and Least Lovable Mascots in the NFL
NFL fans’ favorite mascot in the league is Rampage of the Los Angeles Rams. Rampage received a rating of 3.88 out of 5, making him the most lovable of the other 29 mascots.
Respondents were also big fans of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop. Patriotism is strong here, as Swoop is an American Bald Eagle. Swoop received a rating of 3.83 out of 5.
Rounding out the other top five are the Seattle Seahawks’ Blitz (#3), the Cincinnati Bengals’ tiger Who Dey (#4), and the Arizona Cardinals Big Red (#5).
NFL fans clearly love birds, with three of the top five favorite mascots being a feathered friend. But some other birds didn’t rank as high. The Atlanta Falcons’ Freddie Falcon ranked 22nd, and the Baltimore Raven’s Poe came in at 25th.
The Worst and Most Disliked Mascots in the NFL
Now let’s take a look at the worst mascots in the NFL. With a low ranking of 2.20 out of 5, fans ranked K.C. Wolf of the Kansas City Chiefs as the worst. We don’t blame fans for voting this way – K.C. Wolf looks more like Goofy than a Werewolf.
Next is Gumbo of the New Orleans Saints, who received a mere 2.25 out of 5. Gumbo is a sweet Saint Bernard dog and really not intimidating at all. What he lacks in fierceness, he makes up for in cuteness.
Other mascots voted the worst include the Los Angeles Chargers’ buff-Homer-Simpson-like Bolt Man (perhaps why the Chargers chose to retire Bolt Man when moving up the coast to Los Angeles), the Tennessee Titans’ racoon T-Rac (#4), and the Indianapolis Colts’ sapphire-colored horse Blue (#5).
We also wanted to know which teams dislike their mascot the most. Not surprisingly, Kansas City Chief fans really dislike K. C. Wolf, with a low vote of 2.61 out of 5. Tennessee Titan fans dislike their raccoon mascot T-Rac, rating it a mere 2.72 out of 5. Las Vegas Raiders fans are not into their mascot, Raider Rusher. Other teams that don’t like their mascots include the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.
The Most Obnoxious and Intimidating Mascots in the NFL
We’ve covered the most loved and most hated mascots, but now it’s time to see where NFL fans ranked mascots on how obnoxious they are.
The top-ranked most obnoxious NFL mascot is the Dallas Cowboys’ Rowdy. The other obnoxious mascots are K. C. Wolf of the Kansas City Chiefs (#2), Swoop of the Philadelphia Eagles (#3), Poe of the Baltimore Ravens (#4), and Big Red of the Arizona Cardinals. It’s certainly no coincidence that a few of these also landed on the “most hated mascots” list.
Mascots should embody and represent the spirit of a team, but they also should be intimidating, and according to fans, some are!
At the top of the list is the Seattle Seahawks’ mascot Blitz (#1). Next is the Los Angeles Rams mascot Rampage (#2), who was also ranked as the most-liked mascot across the league. The other most intimidating mascots are the Baltimore Raven’s Poe (#3), the Arizona Cardinals Big Red (#4), and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop (#5).
With the first games of the 2022 NFL season underway soon, many fans will be wearing merch with their beloved (or not-so) mascot on it. Will any of these mascots climb the ranks as the most loved or intimidating this year? Will Kansas City Chief fans learn to love K. C. Wolf? And which mascot will hype their fans the most? Only time will tell.
To determine our ranking, we surveyed more than 1,000 NFL fans across the country and asked them to rate every official NFL mascot on a scale of 1-5. Ratings were then averaged for each mascot. Among respondents, 50% were male, and 50% were female, with an average age of 40.
Note: the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, New York Jets, and Washington Commanders do not have official mascots; therefore, these teams were omitted from our list.
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