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American Football Conference
South Division
DIVISION CHAMPIONS
HOUSTON
TEXANS
(HOUSTON, TX)
(2002-)
STADIUM

(NRG STADIUM)
(2002-)
FIRST SEASON
2002
INDIANAPOLIS
COLTS
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN)
(1984-)
STADIUM

(LUCAS OIL STADIUM)
(2008-)
FIRST SEASON
1953
JACKSONVILLE
JAGUARS
(JACKSONVILLE, FL)
(1995-)
STADIUM

(EVERBANK FIELD)
(1995-)
FIRST SEASON
1995
TENNESSEE
TITANS
(NASHVILLE, TN)
(1999-)
STADIUM

(NISSAN STADIUM)
(1999-)
FIRST SEASON
1960
PREVIOUS LEAGUE
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(1960-1969)

DIVISION HISTORY
AFC SOUTH 2002-

TEAM HISTORY
Houston Texans name was the most popular name from research carried out by Houston NFL 2002 and NFL Properties with the others being Bobcats, Stallions, Texans, Toros, and Apollos. It returned pro football to Houston after the Oilers moved to Memphis in 1997.

Indianapolis Colts were founded in Baltimore, MD in 1953 and named in honor of Baltimore's history of horse breeding and racing (including the Preakness Stakes, one of the events in the U.S. Triple Crown championship series), this was the southeasternond incarnation of the "Baltimore Colts" after the first one played from 1947 to 1950. In 1984, they relocated to Indianapolis, IN. Their stadium hosts college football's Big Ten Conference Championship Game.
NAMES
Baltimore Colts 1953-1983
PREVIOUS STADIUMS
MEMORIAL STADIUM
(BALTIMORE, MD)
(1953-1983)
RCA DOME
(INDIANPOLIS, IN)
(1984-2007)

Jacksonville Jaguars joined as an expansion team, along with the Carolina Panthers, in 1995 and appeared in their first playoff game in 1996. The nickname was chosen by a fan contest with both Sharks (AFL has a team called the Jacksonville Sharks) and Stingrays also being names. Jaguars are not native to to North America, the oldest living jaguar is housed at the Jacksonville Zoo. It is surprising that Jacksonville was even considered because its metropolitan area and television market were smaller than nearly every city with an NFL team, with its stadium the Gator Bowl refusing to give a lease to the team. Despite all of this, it does have a strong football culture with the high level of support for college football teams University of Florida Gators and the Florida State University Seminoles, a solid ownership group, and a location in the growing and attractive Southeast region. Their stadium hosts college football's annual TaxSlayer Bowl.

Tennessee Titans began life as the Houston Oilers in 1960 in the old American Football League. Their name alludes to their owner Bud Adams who was a successful oilman and the region is famous for its ties to the oil industry. They moved to Memphis, TN as the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 before moving to Nashville, TN and being renamed the Tennessee Titans in 1998. Other suggestions were Tornadoes, Copperheads, South Stars, and Wranglers. “We wanted a new nickname to reflect strength, leadership and other heroic qualities,'' Adams told reporters. Titans also alludes to the nickname of Nashville which is the 'Athens of the south' with its large number of higher-learning institutions, Classical architecture, and its full scale replica of the Parthenon. Their stadium hosts college football's annual Music City Bowl and Tennessee State Tigers.
NAMES
Houston Oilers 1960-1996
Tennessee Oilers
(Memphis, TN)
1997
Tennessee Oilers
(Nashville, TN)
1998
Tennessee Titans
(Nashville, TN)
1999
PREVIOUS STADIUMS
JEPPESEN STADIUM
(HOUSTON, TX)
(1960-1964)
RICE STADIUM
(HOUSTON, TX)
(1965-1967)
ASTRODOME
(HOUSTON, TX)
(1968-1996)
LIBERTY BOWL STADIUM
(MEMPHIS, TN)
(1997)
VANDERBILT STADIUM
(NASHVILLE, TN)
(1998)
PREVIOUS NAMES
HOUSTON
OILERS
(HOUSTON, TX)
(1960-1996)
TENNESSEE
OILERS
(MEMPHIS/NASHVILLE, TN)
(1997-1998)
Updated: 17 September 2017