An NFL player that wears the letter “C” on his jersey is the team captain. The league began formally honouring team captains in 2007, allowing up to six players per club to wear the captain’s “C” on their jerseys. Teams have been internally naming team captains for years.
The number of years a player has held the position is also indicated by a sequence of stars beneath the letter “C” on the “C” patch. One star is filled with gold for each extra year of service as a captain.
The “C” patch is not worn by several teams since they opt not to follow the NFL’s system. These teams elect their own captains based on an internal procedure, such as selecting a new captain each week.