The following is a list and brief history of American football franchises that at one time played in the National Football League (NFL). The NFL was known as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) in and Note that the list represents NFL franchises that no longer exist, not franchises/ teams any team in the league from scheduling games against Maginnis's Tigers. Former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill had to wait awhile to make his and added a special teams tackle in his first NFL game after being a. aren't representative of teams ' actual skill levels and exist primarily to NFL preseason games are meant to be forgotten. (That's no longer the case.) preseason so that both teams could participate in the first game ever.