Even if you haven’t seen a single football game, you’ve probably seen clips of those giant costumes representing football teams. Most of the time they’re walked out onto the field with tons of confetti; blaring, triumphant music; maybe some cheerleaders; and big helmeted dudes ready to throw a brown oval-shaped ball around. Some mascots are put in the forefront, while others are… kind of cursed. You know the ones. With 32 NFL teams, there’s probably at least 1 that doesn’t have a mascot. Well actually the answer is 5. So which NFL teams have no mascot?
Which NFL Teams Have No Mascot?
1. Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers don’t have an official mascot, but they do have a guy with a lightning bolt for a head named “Boltman” as an unofficial mascot.
In 2020, though, the Chargers did work with Canine Companions for Independence. They’re currently following the story of a lab-golden retriever named Bolt and their training to become a service dog. Bolt has made a few appearances at Chargers events and practices, though Bolt was never really adopted as an official (or unofficial) mascot.
2. New York Jets
The New York Jets are named as such quite literally because they were meant to play near an airport and because “jets” would have them rhyme with the New York Mets.
Just because they don’t have an official mascot doesn’t mean people haven’t tried proposing this incredibly cursed doll to be one, though.
Maybe they should just get a plane, or take a page from the book of the New York Mets. Their mascot is a guy with a baseball for a head named Mr. Met. We suppose the shape of a football is not as conducive to being someone’s head, though.
3. Green Bay Packers
Using the origins of the Green Bay Packers as a mascot might be a worse idea than the Jets. The Packers are named after a meat packing company.
They do all like wearing cheese on their heads, though. So at least the Packers aren’t wanting for team symbolism.
There are also weird, obscure references to “Packy Packer.” He has a link of sausages over his shoulder which doesn’t seem NFL regulation compliant. Maybe that’s why he never caught on.
4. New York Giants
Maybe it’s just a New York thing that neither the Giants or Jets have their own official mascot. The Giants might want to get themselves as mascot, because doing some digging only got us that time Campbell’s Soup did an ad campaign with them.
5. Washington Football Team
In the midst of renaming themselves because their old name was super racist. They’ll complete the 2021 season under the name Washington Football Team, and unveil their new identity in 2022–whatever that may be.
See if you recognize the teams that do have mascots here.