Finding the NFL’s Funniest Signs
Going to an NFL game is an experience unlike any other. Every team has its unique set of nuances that create an ambiance and identity unlike any other from the city to the stadium itself. There is little that leaves a lasting impression like the fans, though.
Sometimes, the spectacle in the stands is every bit as entertaining as the show on the field. Be it the notorious nature of Philly fans or cavalier attitude of Cowboys Nation, NFL fans never fail to deliver an animated performance of their own in the best and worst of ways.
This list dips into the “artsier” side of NFL fandom – fans unwilling to risk their words of wisdom being lost in the sea of noise. Welcome to the gallery of NFL game day signs, brought to you by dedicated fans and practitioners fine arts.
1. Rebuilding… Forever
No point wasting time. Let’s start things off with the hapless Cleveland Browns and this long-faced fella who sums up every single Browns fan since the team’s inception.
We have to appreciate this fan’s immaculate attention to detail with his spot on depiction of Cleveland’s woeful football franchise, the Factory of Sadness.
First, we have the presentation itself:
It wouldn’t be like the Browns to simply present this poster for others to see. One must embody the utter despair with a look that says, “I may or may not have just finished serious cry sesh.”
Couple this forlorn gaze into the void with appropriately layered clothing for Cleveland’s frigid cold, and finish off the trifecta with a poster as plain as the Browns uniforms.
2. Boys will be Boys
Props to this Eagles fan for embodying the spirit of Philadelphia sports in one poster. It isn’t about rooting for the home team so much as it is belittling the other team.
This guy made sure to cover all his bases with a nice two-for-one.
A shot at former Chicago Bear quarterback Jay Cutler is a classic NFL pastime for fans, but just because the Eagles were facing the Bears that day doesn’t mean other opponents shouldn’t have a target on their back too.
Philly’s hatred for the Dallas Cowboys (and vice versa) has made for a timeless rivalry that feels as raw as ever. In the City of Brotherly Love, there’s no wrong way to diss a Cowboy.
3. Never Sunny in Seattle
Ahh, the great Pacific Northwest. The spectacular corner of the States known for its lush greenery, stunning national parks and the rainiest rain rain ever rained.
Seattleites understand that dreary fact as well as anyone from the the cloudiest coast, and this Seattle Seahawks fan took it upon himself to spread the world.
Although there’s some highly questionable comma and apostrophe usage, it’s the ski-goggled good Samaritan’s message that matters most.
Heed his warnings: Seattle literally rains on any parade, even if it’s for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
4. Neither Snow Nor Rain
For all of the trash talk the Philadelphia dishes out, it gets just as much in return.
One witty fan flexed their pun game in a way that even the most diehard Eagles fans can appreciate.
One thing all NFL fans can find common ground on is some level of disdain for our flawed government (so many branches to choose from!) and the USPS delivers us that in package form. Slowly, of course.
Thank backup quarterback Nick Foles finally delivering the city its first Super Bowl since 1960, Eagles fans may finally be able to look at this without being consumed by rage.
It’s one thing to attend an NFL game during the regular season; going to the playoffs is another thing entirely. Tickets are often gone as soon as they’re made available, so fans need to jump at any opportunity available.
Unfortunately, sometimes that “window of opportunity” is less open than it appears. This Vikings fan saw a wide-open window that turned out to be all glass.
(Here’s the fateful field goal that crushed this fan.)
Since these are NFL fans, they know it’s their duty to keep it classy. This is likely why both the Packers and Cardinals fans grieved along with this kid by mocking his pain with some supportive boohoos.
We’ll give this fan the benefit of the doubt and assume he intentionally left out the “H” to symbolize the kicker’s inability to find the uprights.
6. Hooray for Settling!
Aside from the select few teams that are just happy to reach the postseason and end whatever brutal playoff drought they had endured, it’s Super Bowl or bust in the NFL. That means a whole lot of unhappy football fans whenever January rolls around.
Then, there’s this optimistic Green Bay Packers fan.
Pouting about the team’s broken dreams isn’t going to accomplish anything, so may as well celebrate the Pro Bowl’s tropical weather (formerly Hawaii; now Orlando, FL) in what’s otherwise the worst all-star weekend in professional sports.
7. A Harsh Reality
The Washington Redskins may not be the worst, but their front office sure does its best year and out to thrown their name in the conversation.
Not only do the good people of D.C. deal with taxation without representation, their outlet is rooting for the the Skins.
Washington sports fans have endured years of cheering for teams utterly destitute of success. Whenever it’s looked like the team’s on the right track, possibly stringing together a few solid games, team owner Dan Snyder diligently works to ensure that does not last.
8. Always Clowning Around
No matter how a player or team may become hated over the years, it will never reach the level of animosity felt for commissioner Roger Goodell.
Be it Goodell’s blatant disregard for the players’ health and safety or acting as the team owners’ patsy, players and fans always have more than enough reason to have a strong distaste for the league commissioner.
Goodell’s questionable means of suspending Patriots quarterback Tom Brady – though plenty of disgruntled fans agreed with decision – in 2016 was the final straw. New England fans struck up the rally call that “Roger Goodell is a clown,” and it’s been accepted as fact since.
9. Sunday Specials
If not to cheer on their team, then spectators must attend NFL games solely for the sweet deals, right? Take this Baltimore Ravens fan, who is mortified at the thought of a players strike that would bar him from taking advantage of some Sunday steals.
Sadly, as clever as this sign is, getting four beers for 35 dollars might only be possible by throwing a wad of bills at the cashier and booking it before they know they were shortchanged.
At least the price of three bites of Dippin’ Dots still only costs one soul.
10. Could be Worse
For too long, New York Jets fans have endured being the a walking skeleton key of effective fan rebuttals. No matter if it’s a brutal loss, a horrible season or something else negative entirely, fans can always look on the brighter side – at least they aren’t the Jets.
“Could be worse” is the sentiment fans of 30 NFL teams – sorry, Cleveland – can always share should their team suffer a dismal season.
If there’s one thing New York’s (other) faithful followers have on the rest of us, it’s thick skin. You’re either born with it, or you’ve been a Jets fan long enough.
11. Consistency is Key
No matter how embarrassing the Jets a draft pick, trade, play, game or season may be for Jets fans (obligatory butt fumble), nothing they suffer will ever be as broken as the Cleveland Browns’ bleak existence.
While the Jets stumble through each year like the Three Stooges, the Browns approach losing with a calculated precision that borders what some would consider crimes against humanity.
On the plus side, at least decades of squander helped this poor guy save some money on supplies.
12. A Lion’s Pride
The Browns have had a monopoly on setting the bar low for NFL standards, but let’s not forget that the Detroit Lions gave Cleveland a run for its money in heroic fashion.
Starting in 2001, it legitimately looked like the Lions might surpass the Browns as the worst franchise in the NFL, as highlighted by the league’s first ever winless season in 2008.
Thanks in large part to franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Lions have clawed their way out of the bitter pits of despair. That doesn’t mean they can’t still poke some fun at the Browns for being the first to do the only thing the Factory of Sadness does best – lose like it’s going out of style.
13. Walked Right Into That One
If commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners are taken out of the equation, the top villain left to direct all anger towards is a target big enough to see/hate from all across the country.
Who else? It’s Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
After Brady’s infamous Deflategate scandal, fans from essentially every team around the league finally had some solid ammunition to use, especially the Indianapolis Colts who were on the wrong end of TB12’s underinflated balls.
As for the fans who took advantage of their tunnel seats, well played.
14. So Bad It’s Good
Let’s be honest, the fact that every single sign on this list isn’t made by a Cleveland Browns fan took an unholy amount of restraint. Hard times make for creative minds, it seems.
If the Browns can’t beat any NFL teams, but they’ll try and try again…
When trying again repeatedly doesn’t work, it’s time for another approach.
Bring on the college teams, baby.
Even the thought of Cleveland actually taking the field to face NCAA powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide is as hilarious as it is depressing.
15. Cleveland Chic
Here it is, the legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback jersey.
In the 1999 NFL draft, the Browns used the No. 1 overall pick on quarterback Tim Couch.
What was hoped to be Cleveland’s savior turned into an ever-growing list of names – innocent young men turned lost souls after enduring the misfortune of starting under center for where dreams go to die.
The craziest part about this giant list is the last name, Johnny Manziel, is already far from the bottom. There have been another seven since.
The Browns used the No. 1 overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft to take Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. May he be the eighth and final QB on this long, sad list.
16. Go, Internet!
Go, Firefox! No, seriously. Go. Fire Fox.
What looks like nothing more than the Firefox internet browser logo to the vast majority means something else entirely to Chicagoans.
Bears fans would see that sign and nod approvingly, as former John Fox’s tenure (2015-17) as Chicago’s head coach ended with one of the worst records in team history (14-34).
This image perfectly captures the tumultuous times of the Fox-led Bears. Three straight seasons finishing dead last in the NFC North was enough to bring disgruntled fans out of the woodwork all the way in Philadelphia to speak on Chi-Town’s behalf.
17. ’Memberberry Skittles
There’s never a bad time for a South Park reference and, for Patriots fans, there’s never a bad time to rub their championships in the rest of the league’s face.
These little nostalgic ’Memberberries that love to remember the glory days so much are recalling a certain moment from one of Tom Brady’s many Super Bowl appearances.
The Seattle Seahawks looked to be headed toward certain victory, marching down the field in the final two minutes. With 27 seconds on the clock and one yard to go, a handoff to red zone assassin Marshawn Lynch would assure victory.
Rather than juice up Lynch with some Skittles and let the man go Beast mode… they passed.
’Member? (See fourth sign for help ’membering aid.)
18. Small Victories
This Green Bay Packers fan was not messing around with this sign. At a glance, it seems like she got a nice dig at her ex, as the poster popping up on TV was likely a less than desirable surprise.
On the other hand, boldly waving a poster to announce that your relationship was a total disaster doesn’t seem like the healthiest way of getting over it.
The green and red posters and Green Bay Santa hats seem to hint this was a holiday affair (zing), so Happy Holidays?
19. Pops is a Pittsburgh Fan
Never underestimate the power of the football gods.
No one understands that more than the holiest Pittsburgh Steelers fan in all the Terrible Towel-waving land.
Fans all across the nation look up to the sky and pray for a miracle when it matters most, but this guy has some serious pull.
It really is a fantastic image: Jesus himself, waving Pittsburgh’s Terrible Towel and giving coach some otherworldly advice.
The only thing that could come out of a pass while our ethereal representative suggests is… well, ’member what the ’memberberries were talking about?
20. For the Sake of Sign
There are fan signs professing their love for a player, signs boiling down their hatred for a player into a few choice words or images and then there are signs that are signs just for the sake of signs.
The many wonderful things a child’s innocence has to offer the world is always a breath of fresh air at an NFL game (or any pro sport; let’s be real, people). This cardboard sign illustrates exactly why.
Why, yes. Yes, that is a cardboard sign. And, yes, that definitely just got you on CBS.
Well done, small child. Never grow up. We have enough of those already.