The makeup is messy and the preseason Summer heat is hard to describe in some NFL cities in August…and the heat makes that face paint uncomfortable. The superfans, though, have that extra bit of desire to make the day, game day, exciting. The Oakland Raiders who are and have been and might be again the Los Angeles Raiders are in the front of our minds when we think of fans who stand out. They get all the notoriety as rebels, but every NFL city has these fun people who have enough chutzpah to dare: they have the audacity to dare to stand out in this buttoned-up Sunday experience. But, do fans, typical fans really think the NFL is a buttoned-up experience to be revered and not adored?
I guess it’s buttoned-up because, of course, this is Sunday which is akin to Sinday so watch it you guys, right? I say we should honor these people who rebelled in that most innocent way: by dressing up. It’s just their Sunday suit! And, I should note, men are joined by women in this habit: the same folks can be seen again and again dressing up…sometimes they find new outfits that are current to the game and sometimes you find them in that perfect outfit which defines their team and their allegiance.
There is so much fun happening in NFL cities on their own particular game day. Check out these NFL superfans!
Here’s a Baltimore Ravens superfan: it’s Matt Andrews who looks like he got a bit of voodoo in his outfit and, of course, he’s got the championship ring in a panoramic sight line. This was taken at an August 2013 preseason game.
There’s that Swiss cheese from the city that can’t possibly be misidentified by anyone by their fans: these are Green Bay Packer superfans.
Here’s a photo from Cleveland: this superfan chose to show his pride of his team as any kid would. He wore his pride for Cleveland on his head.
Raiders nation lives
The Oakland Raiders have long been known as face painters and costumers and their fans easily find themes from the Raiders silver and black. The themes are often dark and yet appropriate.
Ditka look alike
This is a unique take on face painting by this Pittsburgh Steelers superfan: This whole outfit comes together well and is a great Sunday look.
Indianapolis Colts superfans showed their support for head coach Chuck Pagano by shaving their heads and painting them in the Colts’ blue and white.
Here’s a New Orleans Saints superfan who went to a lot of effort for his team. Who dat? That’s a Saints superfan at the 2012-13 regular season finale for New Orleans.
Women get involved in the team spirit and as you can see this Seattle Seahawks superfan got creative and incorporated a bobble head in her expression of team spirit.
Frisco face painter
This San Francisco 49ers superfan is Vic Sandhu who used the 49ers royal colors and made a color statement at the February 3, 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.
I wear the flag!
Here’s a New England Patriots superfan who was, apparently, caught unaware or in a moment of anguish for his beloved Patriots. The team he roots for is clear from this photo.
Bengals tiger stripes!
Here’s a Cincinnati Bengals superfan at the January 5, 2013 playoff game for the Bengals. His makeup was applied carefully and the look is unmistakeable: that’s a Bengal’s Tiger!
Falcons number one!
Here’s an Atlanta Falcons superfan at a January 2013 playoff game wearing the Falcons red, black and white. As is everyone’s habit: their team is number one!
Here’s a Seattle Seahawks superfan at the Seahawks January 13, 2013 playoff game: he is a superfan because he wears his team allegiance on his sleeve, literally.
49ers super fan
Here’s San Francisco 49ers superfan Mark Castanon at the February 3, 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans. The 49ers didn’t get that gold ring but their fans are, still, undaunted.