The Raptors are known for playing basketball, most notably winning an NBA title in the summer of 2019 — the first in team history.
However, if the Raps were an NFL franchise, the look of the team would be much different than on the court. Sports design specialist Luc Samanski put together Raptors concept Nike football uniforms and unveiled them on Instagram.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has said in the past Toronto would be “a great city for an NFL team.” Toronto has the third-biggest population of any city in North America — the largest by far without an NFL franchise — and it’s one of only three places to host an NFL regular season game outside of the United States with London and Mexico City being the others.
Every other major pro sports league in North America has a professional team in Toronto — the Raptors in the NBA, Maple Leafs in the NHL, Blue Jays in MLB and Toronto FC in MLS. Although, there has yet to be teams competing in different sports in one city with the same nickname in North America during the 21st century.