Though we know them now as the Arizona Cardinals, it was initially based in Chicago. The football team remained in Chicago until the 1960s when the organization was moved to St. Louis. The team moved yet again in 1988 and relocated to Pheonix, before officially becoming the Arizona Cardinals in 1993.
Now known as the Chicago Bears, the Decatur Staleys won many games in 1920. Though they won most games, the team wasn’t named champions because of an odd rule. Although they won fewer games, the reigning team, the Akron Pros, were crowned champions because they didn’t lose any games. Confusing, we know. Tied games didn’t count back then, so the Akron Pros had the best winning percentage, though they didn’t win as often as the Staleys. After a single season in Decatur, the Staleys moved to Chicago, winning their first title in 1921. In 1922 the team changed names to the Bears.
The Lost Teams
All other teams that played in the first NFL season have since disappeared, including the winners of the first-ever NFL playoffs – the Akron Pros. Other league teams that have since been forgotten are the Dayton Triangles, the Cleveland Tigers, and many more.