Commanders Primary Logo
It is no secret that this franchise has checked all the boxes regarding longevity. The Washington Commanders was founded in 1932. The Commanders always existed as an NFL franchise. Like most franchises with a lot of longevity, the franchise has quite a great deal of history.
Originally, the franchise started in 1932 as the Boston Braves before changing their name to the Redskins. The franchise would be known as the Boston Redskins for four years before relocating to Washington D.C. The franchise would become known as the Washington Redskins from 1937 to 2019.
Then the franchise would retire the Redskins name in the summer of 2020. They would go without having not having a nickname for two years. They were known as the Washington Football Team.
In 2022, the franchise finally decided to name themselves the Washington Commanders. The Washington Commanders have had quite a few championships in franchise history.
They won two NFL championships before the AFL/NFL merger (1937,1942) and have won 3 Super Bowls in franchise history. (1982, 1987, 1991)
Great players such as John Riggins, Joe Theismann, Darrell Green, and Art Monk have played for the Commanders.
It is only suitable that we do a logo history page dedicated to the history of one of the NFL’s most storied franchises. As you will see, there is quite a bit of Native American imagery in their previous logos. Throughout their history, one can expect to see yellow and gold as a constant in many of their logos.
2022 - Present
A letter “W” in burgundy with angled serifs and a gold stencil-like outline both within the interior of the W and on its outside.
2020 - Present
Custom font yellow letter “W.” The letter “W” represents the city name of Washington D.C.
1983 - 2020
The current version of the Washington Redskins logo features a simplified, modernized form of the native American head inside a yellow circle, with two feathers attached to it. This logo is the same logo as the 1972 logo.
This “tucked feather” version came about as a result of the decals not properly sticking to the helmets at the lower juncture of the feathers and the outer circle. The following year, the decal manufacturer started using a more flexible material, and the team reverted to the “hanging feather” version of the logo.
1972 - 1981
In 1972, the Redskins removed the letter “R” and replaced it with an native American. The circle is now a solid yellow with two feathers hanging. The native American is brown skinned with black hair and two white feathers.
1970 - 1971
Vince Lombardi, who coached the Redskins in 1969 before dying during the 1970 pre-season, was the inspiration behind the helmet. Lombardi pushed for the logo, with the letter “R” which sat inside a white circle enclosed within a burgundy circle border, with Indian feathers hanging down from the side, because of its similarity to the “G” on the helmets worn by his Green Bay Packers for many years.
1965 - 1969
The Redskins made a major change to their logo in 1965 with the change to an arrow. A white and gold arrow with one feather outlined in the color maroon.
1960 - 1964
The 1960 logo for the Redskins, featured a white silhouette of an native american with red outline in a circle with a white banner.
1952 - 1959
In 1952 a new design of the native American appeared. Facing to the right, again with black hair and two feathers one yellow and one red.
1937 - 1951
The move to Washington brought a new logo with an native American in white circle with yellow trim. The native American has black hair and two red features.
1933 - 1936
Native American head facing to the right in black and yellow circle.
The original logo for the football Boston Braves is the same logo from the baseball Boston Braves as a red Native American with a headdress.