How to Get Football-Themed Checks
Want to support your favorite team every time you write a check? Football-themed checks are one more way to do so. More and more fans ask how they can get their favorite NFL team on personal checks. It’s not easy, but this page gives you a few ideas on how you can show your spirit. NFL specific checks are hard to come by. Most check printers do not offer NFL checks – presumably, the League has not authorized them to do so. However, you still have a few options.
Bank Offered Checks
Some banks offer official NFL checks. If you have a specific team in mind, search around. For example, US Bank offers Minnesota Vikings checks as well as Denver Broncos checks. Your best bet is to do a web search with the team name: “Denver Broncos personal checks." Be forewarned that plenty of shady sites are trying to get your clicks, so a lot of searches may not lead anywhere.
Print Your Own NFL Checks
You can always print your own checks if nobody can give you what you want. You can really get creative here – print your personal photos featuring the team, or a picture of your favorite athlete in the middle of an exciting play. If you’ve got season tickets, use a photo of the view from your seats – it will take you back to one of your favorite places every time you write a check.
You can find out how to do all this on our page on printing your own checks. Note that you have to be careful and do things right – otherwise, you may have problems getting people to accept your custom checks (and your bank might charge additional fees).
Check printing services can also do the work for you. You just upload an image and they'll create checks with any photo you want. However, you'll need to respect copyright laws, which often means you can't use NFL logos, trademarked images, or somebody else's photo that you haven't purchased the rights to – ask your check printer if you have any questions about what's allowed. If you've got a photo that you want to use, services like Carousel Checks can print the checks.
Only use images that you have rights to. Printers will reject NFL properties and copyrighted professional photos.
Why are NFL checks so hard to come by? The NFL is interested in protecting the brand. Anybody who wants to display the NFL logo (or other trademarked items like team logos) can do so legally only by purchasing the rights to use those items. That applies to individuals (if you're printing your checks at home) and businesses like check printers. In other words, your checks cannot show an official logo unless you buy them from a company that has a relationship with the NFL or you somehow own the rights yourself.
Alternatives to NFL Checks
If none of the options above are feasible, consider some alternatives to NFL checks. You can get a credit card from Bank of America with your favorite NFL logo. On their site, click the drop-down box and select Sports – NFL. You can also consider other designs for your checks. Checks Unlimited offers sports designs besides NFL teams, and Carousel Checks offers a few football-themed checks. These may sufficiently show your individuality.