Cardinals is one of the oldest professional football teams with a very modest evolution of their logo. The eagle eye cardinal has been around since 1947 and is now one of the more familiar logos in football. Minor changes have occurred during the years with the current cardinal having a more ferocious look.
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.
St. Louis Cardinals
1970 - 1987
In 1970 the logo came to be what is today the streamlined version of the a cardinal head with an attitude. The Cardinals logo was designed by Verlander Design.
1960 - 1969
In 1960 the Cardinals logo changed to a red muscled Cardinal carrying a football in football uniform running past the St. Louis Arch.
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.
Chicago Cardinals/Pittsburgh Steelers
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.