For Presidents Day we put on our thinking caps and attempted to determine which NFL franchises historical U.S. Presidents would have rooted for had all 32 current teams been around back when they were in office. The rules of the game are simple, each President listed below had to have been out of office by the time the NFL was founded in the fall of 1920.
After a few intense internal debates, this was the list of Presidents and teams we decided upon along with the reasons why they would have loved them. Check out our list and let us know on Twitter @lids if we got it right:
George Washington – Patriots, as a founding father of the U.S., this seems like a no-brainer.
Thomas Jefferson – Saints, the president responsible for the Louisiana Purchase would definitely be participating in some “Who Dat?” chants.
James Madison – Eagles, the “Father of the Constitution” would most likely be a fan of the Philly team.
James K. Polk – 49ers, his State of the Union speech is credited with sparking the gold rush of ’49.
Abraham Lincoln – Bears, after all, Illinois is known as the “Land of Lincoln.”
Grover Cleveland – Browns, how could he not love the team from a town that shares his name?
Benjamin Harrison – Colts, he was president during the Baltimore Crisis and lived in Indianapolis so he checks both boxes.
Theodore Roosevelt – Cowboys, as an avid outdoorsman and frontier lover, he’s about as close as we had to a real-life cowboy in office.
Herbert Hoover – Lions, after presiding over the Great Depression, he’d probably feel a kinship to the long-suffering Detroit fans.
Ok, we’re going to break our own rules and include one modern era president…
Ronald Reagan – Rams or Chargers, of course a famous Hollywood actor would want to be seen rooting for the LA teams.
You may not be a former U.S. president, but you most likely have a favorite team of your own. Visit a LIDS location and find your fit so you can rep your squad as we countdown the days until the combine and NFL Draft.