"He wrote that broncos were tough and typified the West," she told the Colorado Spring Gazette. For his contribution, Vining was given season tickets.
Likewise, when it came time for Seattle to select a name for its football team in 1975, a contest was held. The club received 20,365 entries pitching 1,741 different names -- of those, 150 fans suggested Seahawks. Seahawks is another term for ospreys, a common fish-eating bird-of-prey found throughout the world, not just Washington state -- but the alliteration alone may have been too pleasing to pass up.
"Our new name shows aggressiveness, reflects our soaring Northwest heritage, and belongs to no other major league team," Seattle Seahawks' General Manager John Thompson said at the time.
When it comes to sport team naming, selecting a moniker from the Animal Kingdom seems only natural -- particularly when the animal of choice connotes some sense of power, aggression, or cunning that football team would like to be associated with. Unlike with the other NFL team names, most of which refer to people (e.g., 49ers, Browns, Bills), players on animal-named team are imagined as personifications something non-human.