Cardinals Primary Logo
The Arizona Cardinals have a long and interesting history when it comes to their primary logo. The team has gone through several iterations of its logo since they were founded in 1898, with each one evolving over time to reflect the changing times.
The first version of the Arizona Cardinals’ logo was created in 1921 and featured an image of a cardinal perched atop a football helmet surrounded by two stars that represented the state flags for both Arizona and Missouri, where part of the team originated from. This design would remain unchanged until 1947 when it was updated to include red stripes around the edges as well as modernizing some elements such as adding shading to give more depth. In 1960, this design underwent another change; this time replacing all but one star with five interlocking rings which symbolized unity within sports teams across America at that time period.
In 2005, after years without any major changes being made other than minor tweaks here or there throughout its existence on uniforms or merchandise items; The Cardinals unveiled yet another new look for their primary logo featuring an angry Cardinal head facing forward with eyes wide open while wearing what appears to be headphones - representing how fans can now listen to live games on radio broadcasts no matter where they are located in today's world! This current iteration is still used today although slight variations have been introduced recently including different shades/colors being added into the mix depending on which item (jersey vs hat) needs them most prominently displayed upon its surface area. Altogether these logos represent not only just how far technology has come since 1898 but also show us exactly why people love following professional sports teams like The Arizona Cardinals so much: because even though things may change over decades - loyalty never does!
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2005 - Present
In January 2005, the team unveiled its first major changes in a century. The red cardinal head logo was updated to look sleeker and meaner than the previous cardinal head. The beak was changed from gold to yellow, heavier black outlines were added and this bird is significantly more aggressive looking than the previous bird. Numerous fans had called the previous version a “parakeet.”
1994 - 2004
Slight changes as the city Phoenix changes to the state of Arizona. The Cardinals become the “Arizona Cardinals.”
1988 - 1993
Slight variation of the cardinal head in 1988 for the move to Phoenix.
1970 - 1987
In 1970 the logo came to be the streamlined version of the cardinal head with an attitude. The Cardinals logo was designed by Verlander Design.
1960 - 1961
In 1960 the Cardinals logo changed to a red muscled Cardinal carrying a football in a football uniform running.
1947 - 1959
Starting in 1947, the Cardinal’s logo is a brown and black cardinal perched on the stitches of a white with black outline football.
In 1944 the Steelers merged with the Chicago Cardinals and were known as “CARD-PITT” and informally known as the “Car-Pitts” or “Carpets.” The Steelers went solo again for the 1945 season.
1920 - 1934
The 1920’s Chicago Cardinals logo had an interlocking “CC” logo with a wishbone “C” and a regular “C” in red.