Florida, known as the Sunshine State, is home to three National Football League (NFL) teams: the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This reflects the state's large population and strong interest in American football, making it a desirable market for NFL franchises.
The Miami Dolphins, established in 1966, were Florida's first permanent major-league professional sports team. They compete in the NFL as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division and play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins have won two Super Bowl championships, in 1972 and 1973.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, established in 1974, compete in the NFL as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. They play their home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers are Super Bowl champions, winning Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002 and Super Bowl LV in 2020.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, the newest of the three, were formed during the 1993 expansion. They compete in the NFL as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) South division and play their home games at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
The presence of these three teams in Florida is also attributed to the state's relatively mild climate that allows outdoor football games to be played comfortably year-round, which is attractive to both teams and fans. Furthermore, the large population in Florida means a larger market for sports, leading to higher revenues from TV contracts and other sources.