With the first games of the 2022 NFL season underway, many fans will be wearing merch with their beloved (or not so) mascot on it.
A mascot can say a lot about a team. While some make perfect sense (like Staley Da Bear, for the Chicago Bears), others can be a little out there (cough cough…Brownie the Elf for the Cleveland Browns, or Sourdough Sam for the 49ers).
But no matter how ridiculous some may be, fans fully embrace the mascot of their favorite NFL team.
Sports Handle, home for information on the legal U.S. sports wagering industry, asked fans to rank their favorite mascots across the league. They also asked which mascots are the worst, which are the most disliked, and which are just downright obnoxious.
NFL fans’ favorite mascot in the league is Rampage of the Los Angeles Rams. Rampage received a rating of 3.88 out of 5, making him the most lovable over the other 29 mascots.
Respondents were also big fans of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop. Patriotism is strong here, as Swoop is an American Bald Eagle. Swoop received a rating of 3.83 out of 5.
Rounding out the other top five are the Seattle Seahawks’ Blitz, the Cincinnati Bengals’ tiger Who Dey and the Arizona Cardinals’ Big Red (#5).
Mascots should embody and represent the spirit of a team, but they also should be intimidating, and according to fans some are.
At the top of the list is the Seattle Seahawks’ mascot Blitz (#1). Next is the Los Angeles Rams’ mascot Rampage (#2), who was also ranked as the most-liked mascot across the league.
To determine the ranking https://sportshandle.com/, Sports Handle surveyed more than 1,000 NFL fans across the country and asked them to rate every official NFL mascot on a scale of 1-5. Ratings were then averaged for each mascot. Among respondents, 50% were male and 50% were female with an average age of 40.
Note: the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, New York Jets and Washington Commanders do not have official mascots, therefore, these teams were omitted from the list.