NFL players style themselves as warriors, and the league—with the epic theme music and glorious, slow-motion imagery that dramatizes those players' on-field efforts—does little to dissuade fans from mythologizing the game. But Reddit user Tim Proby took the league one further with his epic, Game Of Thrones-style sigils for all 32 teams. "The NFL and Game of Thrones both have drama and fan reaction that you don't see anywhere else in entertainment," Proby, who plans to continue tweaking the images, tells Co.Create. "The passion of both fanbases is equal."
The handsome images—which we're pretty sure the NFL ought to start licensing for T-shirts, like, right now—build off of each team's existing iconography, paired with a cool-sounding slogan, to cultivate a GoT-House-looking banner that celebrates the glory of each team. Some of them come very naturally—if not for the tiny football in between the crossed blades on the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers' flag, the image of a clipper ship with the words "Let the Cannons Loose" could well be a teaser announcing that some new tough guy pirates are set to appear on Game Of Thrones season four. Others, like the Miami Dolphins helmet-wearing porpoise jumping through a bright orange hoop over the slogan "From the Depths We Rise," highlight Proby's talent for making even the more innocuous-sounding team names look badass. In every case, though, the imagery at work here represents each club the way that the fans—and the NFL itself—like to think of the teams: as warriors doing battle for great glory. "Forged by Fire of Hardened Honor," indeed.
See some of the best banners in the slide show above. See more at Proby's site.