Detroit Lions Logo & Helmet History

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The Detroit Lions franchise was originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans. The team formally joined the NFL on July 12, 1930 and began play in the 1930 season. Despite success in the NFL, the team could not survive in NFL’s smallest city. The club was purchased and relocated to the Motor City for the 1934 season.

Detroit Lions Logos (1934-Present)

Portsmouth Spartans Logos (1929-1933)

Detroit Lions Helmet History

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