Cincinnati Bengals is an American football team from Ohio. The modern team shouldn’t be confused with the older Bengals that were active in the 1937 – 1941. The current team was admitted into NFL in the 60s. As part of the Northern Division of the AFC, they are considered one of the stronger teams.
Who owns Cincinnati Bengals? Michael Brown is an owner of the team. He’s also joined by Zac Taylor in managing it.
The team was created in 1967 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team has been named after the previous Cincinnati franchise that had the same name. ‘Bengals’ here refers to the Bengali tigers, and that’s why the team has been very actively using the colors orange and black for a long time.
1967 – 1970
The initial logo is a cartoonish illustration of a tiger. On it, the animal is depicted running with one hand outstretched and the other clutching onto a white football. Notably, it had a very large head, an anxious expression and a white helmet (although it flew off and is featured flying above the tiger’s tail).
1970 – 1981
Their 1970 logo instead depicted an orange helmet of an older variation. The only non-orange part was the team’s name – ‘Bengals’ – written on the helmet’s side in tall black letters, outlined in white.
1981 – 1990
In 1981, they made their helmet more 2D in appearance and stripped it of a lot of nuance. The face protection became black, and they also got rid of the name part. Instead, the entire orange space was pierced with black stripes like a tiger’s.
1990 – 1997
This design is a lot like the one they used through the 80s, except it has a modern helmet type and a few color adjustments. The face protection, for instance, is now white-outlined.
1997 – 2004
In 1997, they adopted a tiger’s head as an emblem. It was rather minimalistic and only used three colors: black, orange and white. The expression was mildly aggressive, but also not particularly violent.
2004 – today
In 2004, they instead introduced a capital ‘B’ as their emblem, except they donned it in orange and gave it a few black stripes just like the helmets had. The letter’s own proportions were also peculiarly wide, and it combined soft and sharp edges all over the letter.
Their helmets are actually rather straightforward. Until the 80s, they used completely orange helmets, save for the black name inscription written across the sides. The only thing that changed until the 1981 season was the coloring of the face protection – from white to black. After that, they added stripes and removed the name, and that’s it.
The Bengals are particularly big on black. Their home uniforms are either completely black, with orange stripes on the shoulders and elsewhere, or it’s just their jerseys. Otherwise, they often opt for completely white uniforms with black or orange stripes all over, although not as often. The alts also include orange jerseys with similar patterns.
Cincinnati Bengals Colors
PANTONE: PMS 1655 C
HEX COLOR: #FB4F14
RGB: (251, 79, 20)
CMYK: (0, 85, 100, 0)
PANTONE: PMS BLACK 6 C
HEX COLOR: #000000
RGB: (0, 0, 0)
CMYK: (70, 50, 50, 100)