NFL mascots are a mix of ferocious felines (Panthers, Bengals, Jaguars), cartoonish muscle heads (Chargers, Steelers), with some horses (Colts, Broncos) and dogs thrown in (Browns, Saints). But there's one species that dominates the league's mascots -- and they have wings.
With five teams choosing to be represented by these feathered creatures, birds reign supreme in the NFL mascot realm. While we wouldn't necessarily put our money on a cardinal against, say, a ram in a one-on-one fight, on the costumed sidelines they're all fair game -- or fowl.
Meet the NFL's 5 feathery mascots:
Blitz: Seattle Seahawks
Born: September 13, 1998
Home: CenturyLink Field
Height: 6' 1" (a touchdown & extra point)
Hobbies: Reading, Fitness and Birdwatching
Source: Seattle Seahawks
Poe: Baltimore Ravens
Hobbies: Rapping on chamber doors and flying south (for the Super Bowl!)
Favorite TV Show: That's So Raven
Favorite Song: "I Believe I Can Fly"
Lifetime Goals: To celebrate another Ravens Super Bowl victory and to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poe-etry Favorite Foods: Crab Cakes and Poe-tato Chips
Favorite School Subjects: Recess and Lunch
Arch Nemesis: The Terrible Towel
Famous Quote: "Nevermore!"
Source: Baltimore Ravens
Big Red: Arizona Cardinals
Hatched: Oct. 4th, 1998
Home: University of Phoenix Stadium
Wingspan: 7 feet
Position: Center (of attention!)
Favorite Foods: Bird seed and Gummy Worms ... NO Chicken Wings!
Hobbies: Playing guitar, Dancing, bowling, and beating up on Seahawks, Rams, and Niners
Favorite T.V. Channel: Animal Planet
Lifetime Goals: Support my Cardinals all the way to the Super Bowl!
Personal Accomplishments: Four-time Pro Bowler
Favorite Song: Bird is the Word
Favorite Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Source: Arizona Cardinals
Swoop: Philadelphia Eagles
Weight: 216 lbs.
Position: Center of Attention
Hatched: In the Philadelphia Zoo in December of 1995
Resides: South Philly, in the Eagles Nest high atop Lincoln Financial Field
Diet: Smaller birds such as Cardinals, Falcons, Ravens, and Seahawks; and of course cheesesteaks and soft pretzels
Source: Philadephia Eagles
Freddie Falcon: Atlanta Falcons