Cleveland Browns (1959 - 1969)
You may know the Cleveland Browns for their mediocre play over the past decade, but the Browns have an interesting history, including their early '60s elf logo. In 1995 after 50 years of being in Cleveland, the owner Art Modell wanted to move the team to Baltimore, Maryland. He met fierce legal action and was faced with an interesting compromise. Modell was allowed to keep his Browns' players contracts, but needed to form a new franchise. Today, that organization is known as the Baltimore Ravens.
The elf in brown and orange might come as a shock to fans accustomed to the Browns simple, classic, brown and orange helmets. Surprisingly, the Browns were extremely successful while represented by the elf—maybe, it's time to leave cookies and milk for the big guy's little helpers.