Buffalo Bills Logo
Buffalo Bills is one of the primary football teams to come from New York. They are part of the NFL, which means they get to compete on a national level. And they are very successful there, too – BB are regarded as one of the 5 best teams in the entirety of the National League.
Buffalo Bills is a New York-based professional football team. It was created in 1960 to compete in the AFL. In it, they were moderately effective, scoring two wins in ’64 and ’65. Since 1970, they play as part of the merged NFL, as well as in the East Division of AFC. Of their 4 Super Bowl participations, they won none.
After their initial successes in mid-60s, the team had a rather unsuccessful streak all the way until the 90s, when most of their wins happened in conference and division championships. In 1990-1994, they had a unique streak of Super Bowl losses, although they started winning high places in NFL playoffs in 2017.
Their lowest is considered the period of virtual obscurity in late 90s and early 2000s, in which Bills were regarded as one of the weakest teams in NFL. There has been a gradual increase in their popularity near the 2010s, however.
The team calls Buffalo City their home, where they enjoy the typical popularity. They are also thought of highly in sporadic places in the rest of the New York State. The coach since 2017 has been Sean McDermott, who is largely responsible for the recent successes of the team.
They haven’t been one of the more successful teams, never winning a single NFL cup. However, they are currently regarded one of the most promising teams in the roster, and a big comeback is anticipated in the next few NFL seasons.
Meaning and History
The name is directly derived from the name of a popular 19th century entertainer Buffalo Bill. That being said, he didn’t have any special connection to New York of, obviously, the team (only founded in 1959). Buffalo Bill is simply one of the many persons who symbolize the classic American culture, hence the choice of a name.
1960 – 1961
The first logo, publicized in 1960, was a blue shape of an American football – an oval-like shape with pointed sides. Inside were several illustrations. Notably, the upper line part of the ball featured a team’s name – Buffalo Bills – in white, bold uppercase letters. They were curved to fit the curvature of the ball itself.
The main part was the realistic depiction of several buffalos – mainly brown, but with some black and other inlays. Right next to them were two players clad in white and blue uniforms: the colors of the team back then.
1962 – 1969
By 1962, they changed the design, although the concept of the emblem stayed. The ball was now brown with white dotting, and it was the same approach they used for the buffalo this time. And they actually scaled down both the animals and the players this time, there was now only 1 each.
The way player is positioned was carried on from the previous logo, but they did add some new details, such as the red stripes on the helmet.
1970 – 1973
In 1970, they decided to simplify the logo to just a red silhouette of a buffalo. It was rather docile and was simply standing there, facing right.
1974 – today
It started charging in the same direction by 1974, but it wasn’t the only change. The silhouette was now blue, with white horns and red banner tied to them. So, it was now fully in the colors of the team.
Emblem and Symbol
The other emblem used by the team extensively is just their name, written in big blue letters. The font is the usual college-style with big square notches on the tips and generally blocky look. They put these occasionally on their property and elsewhere, but not as often as the usual ‘bull’ logo.
The helmets currently used by the Bills are currently white, with red and blue used as additional colors. Much of the hard shell is pure white, except for the stripe running across the helmet’s midline from forehead to the scruff. There is typically a single red stripe with smaller blue layers on the sides.
Additionally, these helmets use the regular team insignia on the sides – the blue buffalo with long red ribbons tied to its white horns.
The faceguard is also covered completely in white on most helmets.
The two main uniform varieties use the colors blue and white heavily. They mainly use these two in various combinations in regards to jerseys and pants. The most common ones are blue jersey with white pants, as well as a fully white uniform. There have also worn fully blue outfits. The numbers typically use the opposite color with red rimming, and there are also stripes with red rims on the sides of the uniforms.
A more rare variety is the fully red uniform, which is worn on special occasions. Otherwise, red components are used very rarely.