NFL Team Name Origins

Can you name the NFL teams by their name origin?

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Name was 'borrowed' from the town's baseball team, who have since moved to California. No, not the Dodgers.
Named for the spirit of adventure from pioneers brought west through a gold rush.
Named in honor of head coach Paul Brown.
As the birthplace of the American Revolution, it sort of fit.
Bert Rose chose this name due to the vast Scandinavian heritage of the region.
Won a fan contest; presumably, alliteration was the reason the more common term 'osprey' wasn't chosen.
Named for the subject of a famous jazzy marching song.
Joe Robbie picked it from a pool of fan suggestions for being 'one of the fastest and smartest creatures in the sea.'
Named for the proud tradition of horse racing in the Baltimore area. Yeah, about that...
George Halas reasoned that football players were bigger than baseball players, and that these animals are bigger than cubs.
Art Rooney Sr. allegedly named the team after its city's legendary industrial history.
Named for the eponymous antagonist of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem.
Named for a traditional chant involving a bugle and a military command at Dodgers Stadium and USC games.
A schoolteacher submitted this bird's name because it's 'proud and dignified with great courage and fight.'
Named for Harold Bartle, a mayor who earned his nickname for working with Native Americans in Wyoming.
The Indian Packing Company gave this team $500 for uniforms and equipment.
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Named 'The Rangers', but had to change its name thanks to an area baseball team already using the name.
Used the same name as an AAFC team from earlier years, which itself was playing off the nickname of frontiersman William Cody.
Won a fan contest (like many teams) for its equine mixture of speed and might.
Hoping to be 'the monarch of the league', this team was named for 'the monarch of the jungle.'
Owner Homer Marshman loved the name of Fordham University's sheepish mascot.
Named to have synergy between the team colors (black, blue and silver) and the team name.
This name came in third in a fan contest after accusations that 'the Señors' was a fixed winner; perhaps 'brigand', 'bandit' and 'pirate' were too intense.
Named for its state. No, really.
After a 2 year rebranding process, this team was named for a naval officer rank used in the military.
Named for a rare white tiger famously kept in the city zoo (well, actually, named after a team that was named after the tiger).
Named for the largest cat in the Americas. Alliteration helped.
In an attempt to modernize the team, Sonny Werblin chose this sleek name. Also, the stadium they would play in sat between two airports.
'Strength, leadership and heroic qualities' spawned this name, because we all remember how Cronus heroically ate his kids to avoid being usurped.
Named for their maroon jerseys, actually, not the animal.
Named for the patriotic mascot of the National Recovery Administration of the New Deal.
An advisory board chose this name from a pool of 400, probably from its city's history of piracy.
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