The Evolution of the Indianapolis Colts Jersey

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The Indianapolis Colts are an NFL franchise established in 1953. Originally located in Baltimore, the team played as members in the All-American Football Conference before merging into the National Football League (NFL).

Just five years after their inception into the league, the team won the 1958 NFL championship – the first game ever to utilize the overtime rule. With friction brewing in Baltimore, the franchise struggled to perform and revenues were dwindling. After years of discussion, Colts ownership agreed to move the team to Indianapolis with a famous story in which moving trucks swept away any remains of the team from Baltimore in the middle of the night.

The Colts have found a place to call home in Lucas Oil Stadium, which currently seats about 67,000 fans. The Wild Horses have appeared in four Super Bowls, and emerged victorious in two – one in Baltimore and one in Indianapolis.

We decided to take look into the details of this town-changing team, and unraveled the transformation that occurred throughout their long history. Continue reading to see how the renowned Colts blue has been modified over time.

Logo History

1953–1960: The Colts start out as a team based in Baltimore. The first logo depicts a bucking horse donning a football helmet while leaping through a field goal post. The team name is accented in blue with gray fill.

1961–1978: Drawing inspiration from the first logo, the Colts remove the intricate background and settle for a leaping horse accented in blue and white with the team’s helmet attached.

1979–1983: The Colts ditch the horse for a simple horseshoe logo.

1984–2001: The logo is carried over from the team’s time in Baltimore.

2002–Present: The team lightens the shade of blue, but keeps the same logo.

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Indianapolis Colts 29” x 43” Glitter Suede House Vertical Flag

Notable Jersey Changes

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1953: The team’s first jerseys take a simplistic route, sticking with a solid blue jersey and plain white numbers. The helmet was blue with a white horseshoe on the back.

1956: The Colts make small adjustments to the previous design and change things up with inverted helmet colors.

1958: Indy’s white away jersey features blue numbers on both the center of the jersey and the sleeves. Stripes move to the shoulder area, and a blue horseshoe is moved from the back of the helmet to the side – where it still rests today.

1968: The Colts lower the stripes around the shoulder area and shrink the sleeves down. Player numbers also now appear on the back of the helmet, which is still around today.
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Riddell Indianapolis Colts Revolution Speed Full-Size Authentic Football Helmet

1969: The blue home jersey changes little from 1968 to 1969. The sleeves become longer and a patch is placed onto the left shoulder, celebrating the NFL’s 50th anniversary.

1970: The length of the sleeves shrinks slightly on the white jersey. The helmet design utilizes a smaller metal cage – adding extra protection for the players.

1984: Once again, the jerseys see little change, but an added horseshoe with the player number is placed on the pants. The team also adds a blue belt and some additional blue trim to the pants.  

1988: The horseshoe on the pants is removed and the double-stripe design returns to provide consistency between the shoulders and pants.

1993: A patch on the left shoulder is added to celebrate the team’s 10th anniversary. The NFL shield is also added on the neckline of the jersey – following the footsteps of most teams.

1997: A horseshoe is placed on the left shoulder of the jersey to honor the passing of late owner Robert Irsay. His son, Jim, still manages the team.

2004: The Colts make minor adjustments, including darkening the shade of blue from royal to “speed” blue and adding white stripes to the socks.

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2010: The Colts wear 1955 throwback jerseys during the team’s 2010 preseason debut. The jersey features a dark royal blue color with matching helmets, and the horseshoe is placed on the back as tribute to the 1950s style.

2012: Following the NFL’s partnership with Nike, jerseys receive minor alterations to reflect a modernized feel with subtle nuances.

Looking Back to Look Forward

Traditionally, NFL teams tend to retire the jersey numbers of legendary players who have taken the field in their name. This trend lives on through the Colts, as a whopping eight jersey numbers have been put to rest since the team’s inception into the league. As the team progresses into future seasons, fans eagerly await what number will have the honor of being retired next. Possible candidates in the mix for retirement include No. 63 (Jeff Saturday) and No. 87 (Reggie Wayne) – both key players in securing the 2007 Super Bowl win and the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

No.18 Peyton Manning

No. 19 – Johnny Unitas

No. 22 – Buddy Young

No. 24 – Lenny Moore

No. 70 – Art Donovan

No. 77 – Jim Parker

No. 82 – Raymond Berry

No. 89 – Gino Marchetti

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Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts Nike Retired Player Game Jersey – Royal

As it appears, the future for the Colts seems to be shrouded in an optimistic light. With five of their eight home games already filled to capacity, the hype around the 2016 season has radiated throughout each player on the team. Needless to say, everyone is excited to see what’s in store for this historic franchise.

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The Wonders of The Wonderlic Test

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Professional football players are assessed in many different ways by teams and the league when entering the NFL. They gauge the momentum and explosiveness of a 40-yard dash, examine how quickly a player can change direction at high speeds with a three-cone drill, and test strength and endurance with their weight and reps on a bench press. However, that only covers the physical traits of a player’s game. When they want to know if their brains match the brawn, they turn to one test: the Wonderlic.

You’ve heard the name of this test, but what it is and how teams and the league use it to evaluate players remain a mystery to most people. Beyond that, which players are MVPs with their scores, and who couldn’t make the practice squad with their result? We’ve demystified the Wonderlic, and now it’s your turn to learn about it and then test your mettle to learn your score.

How would you do? Find out now!

Before reading up on the history of how the NFL has made use of the Wonderlic, and if it translates into professional success for players, take our version of the Wonderlic to see how you compare with actual NFL players.

Which player do you compare with? Let’s dive into the history of the wonderful Wonderlic test to see how this test first came about and how it is used to measure performance on today’s fields.

What is the Wonderlic?

The Wonderlic, which is both the name of the test and the company that created it, contains questions that “assess cognitive ability as a part of athlete evaluations since the 1970s.” More specifically, the NFL uses the Wonderlic Personality Test (WPT-R). This assessment focuses on the abilities of the test taker to learn new information, reason out problems, and follow instructions provided.

This isn’t about seeing a player’s ability to recite Shakespeare or solve physics problems. It’s about their ability to make lightning-fast decisions that can directly impact the outcome of a game. Would they be able to step up to the line, read the coverage, audible out of the play, and execute a perfect pass under pressure? Performance on the Wonderlic should give us an understanding of who should be more successful in these high-pressure situations.

Does success with a No. 2 pencil translate to professional success?

With over 40 years of results, there have been studs and duds when it comes to Wonderlic scores. There has been a perfect score (just one in total), and there have been players looking for a redo after setting new low scores. If you want to see perfection, look no further than Pat McInally, former wide receiver and punter for the Cincinnati Bengals (1976–1985). McInally is the only known player to achieve a perfect score on the Wonderlic, but some current players have come fairly close.

Two current players – New York Jets’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Baltimore Raven’s tight end Benjamin Watson – both were just two points shy of lining their scores up next to McInally’s. Receiving a 48 out of a possible 50 on the Wonderlic is still an impressive feat. But would they be your first pick during your fantasy football draft this year? Players that might, like Super Bowl champion and league MVP Aaron Rodgers, put up performances worthy of recognition regardless of a lower Wonderlic score (35).

On the low end, turning in the worst scores we could find, were the five-time Pro Bowler and running back for the Indianapolis Colts, Frank Gore, and the Dallas Cowboys’ 2012 first-round draft pick, cornerback Morris Claiborne. Their scores, 6 and 4 respectively, didn’t stop them from being team contributors.

So while a high score is a great mark and accomplishment, the best performers on the test haven’t always been the MVPs on the gridiron. This test is just that – a single datum point to be compared with a multitude of different results. It simply helps teams make the most informed decision when drafting a pick.

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The Evolution of the Atlanta Falcons Jersey

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The Atlanta Falcons are a member of the NFL’s National Football Conference (NFC). They joined the league as an expansion team in 1965.

Along with the Miami Dolphins, the Falcons are one of the oldest teams in the South. The Falcons, known as the Dirty Birds, reached the Super Bowl just once in 1998; they have yet to win the big dance. Many fans have doubts about their success during this upcoming season, but one thing is for sure – they always look fashionably good on the field.

The team currently plays in the Georgia Dome, with a state-of-the-art stadium (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) expected to be completed for 2017. The team’s jerseys orbit around red, white, silver, and black colorways.

Soar through the skies, or through history, as we take a deeper look into the transformation of the #FalconsNation jersey over time.

Logo History

1966–1989: The franchise’s first logo is a black falcon outlined in red trim. The positioning of the head and talon gives the bird the appearance of the letter “F.”

1990–2002: The Falcons remove the red trim from the logo and keep a minimal black-and-white coloring.

2003–Present: The organization remasters the logo for a more modern, aggressive design. The bird receives vibrant red shading on the body and feathers, and the angling of the logo is slightly tweaked as well.

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Notable Jersey Changes

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1966–1967: Atlanta’s original home uniform opts for a sleek black appearance with white pants. The numbering is white with red trim, and two logos are printed on the shoulder pads. The helmet is painted red with a black-and-white stripe down the middle. The away uniform features the same white pants, but with inverted colors on the jersey.

1969: The team adds red-and-white stripes to the sleeves of the home uniform. A patch on the left shoulder also marks the NFL’s 50th season.

1971: The Falcons depart from the black home uniforms and inverted colors to use red as the primary shade.

1978: Atlanta debuts silver pants with both uniforms instead of the traditional white ones.  Additionally, the sleeves receive the team logo. On the road uniform, the numbers are colored in red instead of black.

1980: The red jerseys receive a slightly darkened gray numbering instead of white. A red belt is also added for a touch of color.

1986: The white uniform receives a red-and-black trim along the neckline and sleeves.

1988: The main difference on the uniform this year is on the sleeves. The Falcons’ logo is placed over the stripes, and the stripes encompass the entire sleeve with a much bulkier appearance.

1990: For the team’s 25th anniversary, the Falcons reverse the red color pattern and go with black jerseys and a matching black helmet. Stripes on the helmet, neckline, and sleeves are removed, but the uniform maintains a hint of red trim. The silver pants also remain.

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Deion Sanders Atlanta Falcons Mitchell & Ness 1992 Retired Player Vintage Replica Jersey – Black

1994: The Falcons unveil black numbering again on the road jerseys along with the return of the red helmet. The uniform combination is a throwback to the team’s 1960s look to help celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary. A commemorative patch is also displayed on the left shoulder.

1998: The Falcons return to the red numbering, but the stripes on the sleeves are removed, and a black helmet is added to the white uniform. Additionally, the stripes on the pants change slightly.

2003: The organization sees its first major uniform overhaul. The Falcons redesign the logo with more red-and-silver coloring to reflect an aggressive-looking bird. Red trim is added to the side of the uniform, and the team mixes it up with black/white jerseys and black/white pants. The white pants are a departure from the team’s previous decision to wear silver. The Falcons also introduce a red jersey worn as an alternate uniform, which will later become the primary home uniform instead of black.

2004: The team opts to wear all-black uniforms for select games against divisional opponents/rivals. The Atlanta organization continues to do so with various combinations of black, white, and red to vary the team’s appearance.

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Riddell Atlanta Falcons Revolution Speed Full-Size Authentic Football Helmet

2009: The Falcons announce that the team will wear throwback jerseys, which reflect the 1966 season with classic red helmets.

2012: With the league’s new Nike sponsorship, team jerseys receive slight modifications to give them a fresh, vibrant appearance.

Looking Back to Look Forward

Along with other teams in the South, such as the Dallas Cowboys, the Falcons have chosen not to retire jersey numbers. Instead, they opt to remember legendary players by placing their names in the Ring of Honor – featured on the rafters running along the inside of the Georgia Dome Stadium. Only the best of the best make it up the ring; currently, only nine names wrap around the stands.

Recipients of the Falcons Ring of Honor are inducted by class year:

2004 (Inaugural Class) William Andrews,Steve Bartkowski, Tommy Nobis, Jessie Tuggle

2006 Class – Jeff Van Note

2008 Class – Mike Kenn, Claude Humphrey

2010 Class – Deion Sanders

2013 Induction – Gerald Riggs

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The Evolution of the Dallas Cowboys Jersey

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An appropriate choice of name to represent the Lone Star State, the Dallas Cowboys were established in 1960.  

The Cowboys have one of the league’s most iconic uniforms with simple, yet recognizable blue and white colors. The team has changed it up over the years, but the blue uniform is still traditionally worn at home, while white is worn on the road – both of which use a silver helmet and pants.

Known as “America’s Team,” the Cowboys have five Super Bowl championships and are one of the most valuable teams in the world, with an approximate valuation of over $4 billion. You know what they say everything’s bigger in Texas!

Mounting our horses, we decided to trot down memory lane to see how one of the biggest teams in NFL history has changed their attire throughout years of gameplay.

Logo History

One shocking fact about the Dallas Cowboys is that their current team logo has only undergone one facelift. Typically, younger teams, such as the Houston Texans, are noted for having a few logo changes. Since their inception into the league, the Cowboys have continued to stay true to their home state by representing the blue star on the field.

1960–1963: The Cowboys use a blue star for the team’s first logo.

1964–Present: A simple border outlines the star to make it pop.

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Dallas Cowboys 28” x 40” Double-Sided House Flag

Notable Jersey Changes

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1960: For the team’s debut, the Cowboys rock a white helmet with a simple star logo and a blue-white-blue stripe down the center of the crown. The uniforms use simplistic two-tone coloring with a blue uniform at home and a white uniform on the road. Both jerseys display the team logo on the sleeves, but each uses inverted colors.

1964: The Cowboys opt for a more simplistic look that closely resembles the team’s current uniform. The socks and jerseys change to one solid color with three horizontal stripes on the sleeves. The logo on the shoulder area is removed. The helmet also changes to silver.

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Riddell Dallas Cowboys Revolution Speed Full-Size Authentic Football Helmet

1966: The jerseys are modified to feature only two sleeve stripes that are slightly wider instead of three. The lone star receives the blue-white outline, which gives the logo a bolder look. This appearance has seen little significant change ever since.

1970: Numbers are moved from the shoulder to the sleeves above the stripes.

1976: The helmet stripe changes to red, white, and blue to commemorate the United States’ bicentennial anniversary.

1981: The Cowboys incorporate slightly darker shading on the navy blue uniform. Additionally, the numbers change from white to gray with a trim outline. The border on the numbering reflects the border on the new lone star design.

1982: The pants receive a small circle that encloses the uniform number on the hip area.

1994: Dallas celebrates back-to-back Super Bowl wins with a special double-star jersey on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys also wear a throwback version of the team’s 1960 uniform to help the NFL celebrate its 75th anniversary.

1996: The addition of the word “Cowboys” is added to the neckline, which currently remains on the blue jersey.

2004: The Cowboys resurrect the 1960 uniform on Thanksgiving Day. This uniform becomes the team’s alternate jersey and is still worn during select games.

2012: Reflecting the NFL’s move to Nike, the uniform receives subtle design changes in detailing and coloring to give the appearance of modernity.

2015: The Cowboys unveil an all-white throwback version of the double-star uniform to be worn during the NFL’s Color Rush promotional night.

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Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys Nike 2016 Draft Pick Game Jersey – Navy

Looking Back to Look Forward

Setting themselves apart from the rest of the teams in the league, the Cowboys opt to induct players’ names into the Ring of Honor rather than retiring their jersey numbers. The tradition began on Nov. 23, 1975, and has since been known as “Bob Lilly Day.” Currently, 21 names of former coaches, players, and club officials wrap around the stands of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Bob Lilly 1975  

Don Meredith 1976  Don Perkins 1976
Chuck Howley 1977 Mel Renfro 1981

Roger Staubach 1983

Lee Roy Jordan 1989 Tom Landry 1993

Randy White 1994  

Tony Dorsett 1994 Bob Hayes 2001

Tex Schramm 2003

Rayfield Wright 2004

Cliff Harris 2004 Michael Irvin 2005
Troy Aikman 2005 Emmitt Smith 2005

Larry Allen 2011

Charles Haley 2011 Drew Pearson 2011

Darren Woodson 2015

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The Evolution of the Buffalo Bills Jersey

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Based out of New York, the Buffalo Bills are an NFL team that joined the league as a product of the AFL-NFL merger.

The team spent the ’60s in the American Football League (AFL) before joining the National Football League (NFL) in 1970.  

The Bills have not been the luckiest team in the league. The Northern New York franchise famously lost four straight Super Bowls from 1990 to 1993 and are the only team to do so. Another shocking fact about the team is they are the only NFL team to not have made the playoffs in the 21st century; the last time the team did so was in 1999. On the bright side, Rex Ryan – former New York Jets head coach – was acquired at the start of the 2015 season. And he’s been restructuring the team since.

Buffalo’s uniforms are based on a patriotic red, white, and blue color scheme, and have remained that way for the majority of the franchise’s existence.

We decided to see how the team’s patriotic roots came to be and examined the evolution of their Uncle Sam–approved jersey since their inception into the league.

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Buffalo Bills WinCraft Deluxe 3′ x 5′ Logo Flag

Logo History

1960–1961: For Buffalo’s first year in the NFL, the team utilizes a cartoon illustration as its logo. A blue background in the shape of a football displays a ball carrier, a pack of wild buffalo, and the city and team name in white.

1962–1969: Just one year later, the Bills transform the design to feature a more detailed illustration of a ball carrier in the team’s uniform followed by a realistic-looking brown buffalo complete with shading.

1970–1973: The Bills opt for a simple logo of a buffalo in red outline.

1974–Present: The modern-day logo is a more bold buffalo illustration in a stampede stance. The logo uses a red and blue two-tone colorway to add some freshness.

Notable Uniform Changes

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1960 – Buffalo’s first uniform as a member of the AFL is a simple design that consists of royal blue, white, and some silver. The silver helmets display each player’s number instead of a team logo. At the time, Buffalo’s owner held a share with the Detroit Lions, and many believe these jerseys drew inspiration from Detroit.

1962 – To differentiate from the Detroit Lions, the Bills change the color scheme to a patriotic red, white, and blue. Royal blue jerseys are worn at home and white is worn on the road. The addition of red and white trim helps make the uniform pop. The team also introduces the red buffalo illustration at this time to replace the helmet numbers.

1965 – A blue trim is added along the center of the helmet, and the shoulder stripes are replaced by a distinct combination of four white stripes along the sleeves.

1973 – The Bills introduce blue pants to the white jersey.

1975 – Buffalo unveils the modern-day logo of a charging buffalo with a red and blue colorway. The helmets also feature gray facemasks.

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Buffalo Bills Riddell Mini Speed Helmet – White

1984 – White helmets change to red, and the facemask changes from blue to white.It’s said that the color change is meant to help the Bills distinguish their own players from other teams with white helmets. At this point, the team also uses red socks instead of white.

1986 – The Bills begin wearing an all-white road uniform instead of traditional blue pants. The team also honors the Super Bowl with a patch.

2002 – The Bills introduce a dramatic redesign of the team’s home and road uniforms. The red, white, and blue color scheme remain, but the team begins using a darker shade of blue, which is accented with hints of gray. The white uniform features a blocky dark-blue splash on the shoulder area and red accents along the perimeter.

2005 – The Bills revive the standing red bison on the helmet as a throwback uniform. A red and white trim is added to the sleeves in reference to the design of Buffalo’s early 1960s flair.

2011 – The Bills unveil another major redesign, dropping the red helmet for white. This uniform is an updated rendition of Buffalo’s look from the ’70s and ’80s. The deep navy blue is swapped out for a return to royal blue, and the road uniform takes on a more minimalistic design.

2012 – As part of the league’s new uniform contract with Nike, the Bills receive minor alterations.  

2015 – Nike unveils special all-red uniforms for its “Color Rush” promotional games. The Bills don the all-red combination against the New York Jets, who wear all green. The teams face off in November of 2015 during the league’s first “Color Rush” game.

Looking Back to Look Forward

Throughout their long history, the Bills have had many legendary players leave their blood, sweat, and tears on the field while reppin’ the red, white, and blue. Players such as Bruce Smith and Jim Kelly keep the tradition alive throughout the organization with their many contributions even after stepping off the turf – keeping their roots intact. Although there have been many greats to play for this team, only two numbers have been retired:

No.12 – Jim Kelly

No. 78 – Bruce Smith

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Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Nike Retired Player Game Jersey – Royal Blue

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The Evolution of the Baltimore Ravens Jersey

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Since the Ravens’ inaugural season, the team’s uniform has remained mostly unchanged.

Purple jerseys are normally worn at home, while white jerseys are worn on the road. The Ravens were based in Cleveland until the owner of the Browns moved the franchise after being enticed by the funding in Baltimore.

The home stadium for the team’s first two seasons was the previous home of the Baltimore Colts, a team that moved to Indianapolis. The Ravens would get their new stadium in 1998 – M&T Bank Stadium, with a capacity of 71,008 and solid home-win advantage for #RavensNation.

The team’s name was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, a poet, Boston native and Baltimore resident, who wrote a poem entitled “The Raven.” As a result, the color scheme of deep purple and black reflects the horror genre Poe was known for.

We decided to take a dive into the black and purple flock of the Baltimore Ravens to see how their jersey has evolved throughout the past 20 years.

Logo History

The Ravens are among the few teams in NFL history that don’t have many changes from the original logo debuted during their inauguration year 1996. The Poe-lovin’ team has only switched up their logo once to incorporate their mascot as well as the city of Baltimore.

1996–1998:

The team’s first logo uses a winged letter “B” to represent the city name. It’s encased in a gold shield that bears the team name along with more wings on the outside.

1999–Present:

The current logo cleaned up the previous design for a simplistic, aggressive Raven head with the letter “B” representing the city in a bold, gold font.

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Baltimore Ravens 28” x 40” Double-Sided House Flag

Notable Uniform Changes

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1996: The team’s first home uniform utilizes a purple jersey with a black helmet. The pants have a minimal white stripe, and the jersey features white numbering with purple and gold trim. The white road uniform follows a similar coloring with a white jersey, purple-block numbering, and black and white pants.

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Riddell Baltimore Ravens Revolution Speed Full-Size Authentic Football Helmet

1997: The team goes with a more classic look at home by wearing white pants instead of black.

1998: The Ravens adopt the white pants on the road to feature an all-white road uniform.

2004: The team introduces an all-black alternate design.

2008: The Ravens bring back black pants with the white uniform. The team also introduces a new combination of the alternate: a black jersey with white pants.

2010: The Ravens revert to black pants with purple jerseys for a few select games.

2012: As Nike becomes the official provider of NFL jerseys, team uniforms receive modern touch-ups but remain mostly the same.

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Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens Nike Game Jersey – Purple

2012: The Ravens don a patch to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl appearance during the big game.

2015: The team unexpectedly debuts gold pants to wear as an alternate uniform combination.

Looking Back to Look Forward

To the shock of many, the Baltimore Ravens are among the few National Football League teams to have not retired any jersey numbers.

Ray Lewis, legendary linebacker for the Ravens, rocked No. 52 on his back for all 17 seasons played as a purple bird. During his tenure, Lewis was selected to play in the Pro Bowl 13 times as well as seven first-team All-Pro lineups. Since his retirement after the 2012 season, the franchise dedicated a statue to Brickwall (Ray Lewis) in front of their home turf – M&T Bank Stadium. Critics claim that the placing of the statue makes up for not retiring his number, while fans are in agreement that No. 12 is one for the books!

 

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The Evolution of the Seattle Seahawks Jersey

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The Seattle Seahawks joined the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1976 along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The team is the only one based in the Pacific Northwest region, which provides them with wide geographic support from surrounding areas. In fact, they are described as having some of the loudest fans in the league! The franchise is also the only one in NFL history to play in both the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) championship games they played for 25 years in the AFC before switching over to the NFC in 2002 during the NFL alignment.

Throughout their history, Seattle has kept various shades of blue and green as the team’s staple colors, and they became the first NFL team to use lime green on the uniforms.

Let’s take a look back at the Seahawks jersey history to see how this Pacific Northwestern team has evolved over the years.

Logo History

The Seattle Seahawks have a very brief logo history in terms of changing the original design and color scheme. Still, there have been many variations over the years to three main colors – blue, gray, and green.

1976–2001: The Seahawks enter the NFL as an expansion team in 1976. The team’s initial logo uses a bird (the sea hawk) head with a two-tone blue and green coloring.

2002–2011: Seattle gives its logo a modern feel with a sleek redesign that minimizes the green coloring in place of more navy and blue.

2012–Present: The logo remains largely the same with slightly altered coloring and the addition of silver.

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Seattle Seahawks 28” x 40” Double-Sided House Flag

Notable Uniform Changes

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1976: The Seahawks enter the league in 1976 as an expansion team. The first uniform features a silver helmet, that displays the totem-style logo, and silver pants. At home, the team dons a blue jersey with white numbering. On the road, the Hawks wear a white jersey with blue numbering.

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Seattle Seahawks New Era On-Field Low Crown 59FIFTY Fitted Hat – College Navy

1981: The Seahawks keep the same look but ditch the traditional black cleats for sleek white ones.

1982: A blue trim is added to the collar of the uniform.

1983: The facemask changes colors – from gray to blue. The jerseys also receive the team logo on the sleeves, which pairs nicely with the stripe.

1985: A small patch is placed on the left hip of the uniform as a dedication to the team’s 10th season.

1994: The team places a patch on the left collarbone portion of the jersey as a tribute to the NFL’s 75th season. The green striping on the pants also becomes thicker.

2000: The team celebrates their 25th anniversary with a patch on the left collarbone area of both jerseys.

2002: Seattle undergoes a significant change in its uniform for the first time in franchise history. The helmets change from silver to a gunmetal blue shade. The actual logo takes on a more aggressive design change to resemble a meaner-looking hawk.

The white uniform receives the gunmetal shading on the numbering and sleeves. The dark uniform changes from normal blue to the new gunmetal tinting with bold, dark sleeves. The two-tone coloring allows the team to use up to four uniform combinations (all gunmetal, gunmetal jersey and white pants, all white, and white jersey with gunmetal pants). Additionally, black cleats return.

2009: The Seahawks wear a lime green alternate jersey at home. It follows the same template of the white/gunmetal combination but replaces the jersey with a vibrant shade. This was the first time such a color was used in the league.

2012: The gunmetal and lime are replaced by navy and a neon-style green. The team mixes and matches with white, navy blue, and gray to serve as staple colors for various uniform pairings.

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Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Nike Game Jersey – College Navy

2013: The team unveils alternate wolf gray uniforms. The uniforms resemble the traditional white uniform with a slightly darker gray tone.  

Looking Back to Look Forward

After their recent success in the 2014 and 2015 seasons – grinding the gridiron to play in both Super Bowls, emerging victorious in one – the Seahawks have several new numbers to consider for future retirement.

Between the intense offensive plays stampeded by Beast Mode (Marshawn Lynch), the shotgun arm of quarterback Russell Wilson, and the defense monster himself – Richard Sherman – the Hawks have their hands full with franchise legends.

If the Seahawks keep up the success, then one thing is definitely set to change – the number of retired jersey numbers, which currently sits at a meager four!

No. 71 – Walter Jones

No. 80 – Steve Largent

No. 96 – Cortez Kennedy

No. 12 – Fans/12th Man

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The Evolution of the New England Patriots Jersey

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Boston is a city of long-standing teams. The Boston Red Sox (1901), the Boston Bruins (1924), and the Boston Celtics (1946) are all charter or early expansion crews in their respective leagues. This reflects the legacy of a city that has been an essential part of the nation’s history.

The New England Patriots – in light of such sports history – don’t seem to fit. The last of the original franchises of the American Football League (AFL), the onetime Boston Patriots never had a home stadium in the city of Boston and were summarily disregarded for most of their early history.

This was partly because the Patriots were Boston’s fourth professional football team – the other three folded or left the area. However, despite being the only Boston area major professional sports team based outside of Boston, the Patriots have developed a passionate hometown reception that is arguably unmatched by any team in any league.

For those who love or hate the Patriots, the blue, red, white, and silver carry a lot of history and are certain to create an emotional response – good or bad. Fanatics has decided to look at the history of the Patriots’ jersey to understand how the Pats evolved to become one of the NFL’s signature teams.

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Notable Uniform Changes

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1962: The initial home uniform is a red jersey with white-trimmed navy blue stripes running across the shoulders and white chest; it has television numbers at the shoulders and on the sleeves. The players wear a white helmet with a red-trimmed white stripe running down the middle, a tri-cornered hat logo on the sides, and the player’s number below the logo.

1964: During this year, the first significant change to the Patriots’ jersey occurs. Officials add a white-trimmed blue stripe to the sleeve at midarm. They also remove the shoulder television numbers, and Pat Patriot replaces the tri-corner hat on the helmets.

1971: The team’s jersey changes along with its name. The rounded neckline becomes a dipping one that’s common for other NFL teams; officials add a red, white, and blue ribbon to the collar. A similar ribbon replaces the ribbon at the cuff. The helmet number is also removed.

1976: The team’s jerseys undergo another remodel this year. For the white away-game jersey, the red number blocks are now outlined in blue. The collar ribbon is removed, and the sleeve ribbons are replaced with a wide blue ribbon with thin red outline ribbons. The player number on the helmet returns this year.

1978: The sleeve ribbons on the away jerseys remain navy. The team’s indecision about the helmet number also continues, as the team removes them again this season.

1984: The 1984 home jersey features white block numbers highlighted in blue on a red background. The sleeve ribbons move to the shoulders and become a blue stripe bordered by equal-sized white stripes.

1993: This is the first season with the redesigned logo: a stylized profile of Patriot Pat’s head in motion. The final year before the Kraft administration, this year marks a complete redesign of the home jersey. Gone is the red jersey; in its place is a navy blue jersey with the NFL Shield at the base of the collar, red number blocks with white borders on the chest, white shoulder numbers, and “Pat Head” logos on each sleeve. The “Pat Head” logo also appears on a new stripeless silver helmet; this marks the first time the team dons silver as a Patriots color.

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1994:For the NFL’s 75th anniversary, the Patriots introduce a modified version of its 1969 away jersey as a throwback. Unlike the original, the shoulder ribbons end at the yoke seam. The throwback features the NFL Shield on the collar and the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Patch on the left shoulder as well.

1996: This year features the Patriots wordmark underneath the collar’s NFL Shield, the number blocks now feature a different font and a drop shadow, and the shoulder numbers and sleeve logos switch places. The player’s number returns to the back of the helmet.

2001: The home jersey for Brady’s introduction is a shade of navy called “Nautical Blue.” The shoulder ribbons are reintroduced as solid silver bands; the white number blocks have a new font, no shadows, and a red outline. The collar features a silver band, capped by the NFL Shield.

2003: The 2003 home jersey sees white with silver and red trim number blocks, and the front and back panels of the jersey also outlined in red. The team replaces the collar’s NFL Shield with an “NFL Equipment Patch” symbol – standard for all post-2002 jerseys – and the jersey, worn in the Super Bowl, features a Super Bowl XXXVIII patch.

2004: This year is the introduction of the current Patriots jersey. The away jersey, for example, features “Nautical Blue” numbers outlined in white and red, a blue stripe running along either side of the jersey – also outlined in red – and a “Nautical Blue” collar. The home jersey features a “Nautical Blue” background, white numbers outlined in silver and red, a silver shoulder ribbon and collar, and a red outline on the front and rear panels’ seams.

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The Red, White, Blue, and Silver

If you are a New Englander, this is a good time to be a sports fan. All four major teams in the area have won their respective championships in the last 10 years, and Boston is currently undergoing a golden age of sorts.

While some find cause to dislike the red, white, blue, and silver that represents the team, there’s a level of respect that’s inherent.

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The Evolution of the Arizona Cardinals Jersey

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The Arizona Cardinals are a peculiar team. Despite being the oldest continuously run team in the NFL and a serious Super Bowl contender in 2015, they are often forgotten. While the team made up some ground in 2015 – buoyed by their NFC West title – in 2014, only the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars were less searched for in the league, according to Google Trends.

The Cardinals are still a hopeful bunch. Stopped only by the Carolina Panthers’ crushing offense in the 2015 playoffs, new coach Bruce Arians has made it his business to bring the Lombardi Trophy to the desert. With 21 wins in two seasons – the first time the team has managed that since the 1975-1976 season – the Arians-coached Cardinals have stirred up pride once again in the red and black.

Fanatics has decided to take a deeper look into the evolution of the Cardinals jersey to celebrate this much-maligned team and to discuss what’s in store for this franchise and its fans in the future

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Arizona Cardinals Retro Scarf

Notable Uniform Changes

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Legacy: The Chicago Cardinals

1925:

The original jersey is maroon (“Cardinal Red”), with a white “C” within a C-shaped insignia. The jersey has three sets of tan arm rings and sports a separate leather girdle meant to protect the kidneys. This protective feature is not incorporated into any other team’s uniforms at the time, but it is a precursor to the girdle/hip padding worn by football players today. The uniform also features leather pants and an optional leather helmet.

1938:

This uniform is the first to feature player numbers. It’s a long-sleeved red jersey with white shoulders, collar, and numbers – and it’s arguably the team’s first modern-style jersey.

1945:

The home jersey of the Cardinals’ last NFL Championship year is simplistic: just a long-sleeved red jersey with white number blocks. The helmet and the pants are white and otherwise unadorned.

1953:

As for the franchise-specific design, the Cardinals uniform remains minimal – the away jersey is simply a white long-sleeved jersey with red block numbers, matched with red pants that have two narrow white running stripes and a red helmet.

St. Louis or Bust

1962:

The Cardinals Head logo is added to the side of the helmet; additionally, the jersey remained white with red block numbers, players were often seen with their sleeves rolled up.

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1975:
The 1975 jersey is similar to that of the ’60s, with the numbers now outlined in black. Cardinal red and black stripes are also added to the sleeves.

1986:

1986 sees the Cardinals introduce a new home jersey. With no striping and no number outlining, the jersey bears the simple look of earlier Cardinals jerseys. It is a red short-sleeved jersey with white front and back number blocks, and white television numbers.It is paired with white pants with a red running stripe, flanked with white and black stripes.

Arizona Dreamin’

1988: An outdated Busch Stadium, a refusal by St. Louis to build a new stadium, and falling attendance numbers all convince William Bidwill – who became the sole owner of the team in 1973 – to move the crew. On a handshake deal, Bidwill moves his team in 1988 into the Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. They dub the team the Phoenix Cardinals before settling on the Arizona Cardinals in 1994. As a celebratory move, the away jersey receives the state flag of Arizona over the sleeve stripes of the 1985 jersey.

1994: To observe the league’s 75th anniversary, the Arizona Cardinals introduce a throwback that wasn’t actually used by any former Cardinals team but is a new design influenced by the Cardinals’ first decade in the NFL. It features the current red used by the team but is a short-sleeved plain jersey in traditional Cardinals style. The sleeves include three white stripes and – aside from the white number blocks and the 75th Anniversary patch on the left shoulder – no other decorations

1998: The 1998 jersey sees two additions: the NFL Shield added to the base of the collar and a 100th Anniversary patch on the left shoulder to honor the franchise’s centennial birthday.

2001:

They change the 2001 away jersey: It features television numbers on the shoulders, the state flag on the sleeves, and five alternating stripes of red, white, and black near the cuff. The pants also shift to red with double white stripes.

2005:

The away jersey features red sleeves, shoulders, and side panels; black seams; and a red number patch and wordmark outlined in black.

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The Cardinals also produce a 2013 black alternate home jersey. In 2008, the Cardinals add a Super Bowl XIV patch to their jersey to celebrate the team’s first Super Bowl appearance.

Look Back to Look Forward

Currently, the Arizona Cardinals have retired nine jersey numbers, in their lasting history. The franchise retired their first numbers in 1948 – Marshall Goldberg and Stan Mauldin. The most recently retired number was in 2001 when Pat Tillman turned down a contract renewal to proudly serve the United States Army.

No. 88 – J.V. Cain

No. 99 – Marshall Goldberg

No. 77 – Stan Mauldin

No. 40 – Pat Tillman

No. 8 – Larry Wilson

The Cardinals, as the league’s oldest team, have had turmoil and successes worthy of a legacy. And that legacy spans more than a century. While the team doesn’t dominate like younger teams have in the NFL – for those who proudly wear the red, white, and black – there is always the assurance that the best is yet to come.

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The Evolution of the Green Bay Packers Jersey

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The Green Bay Packers are Wisconsin’s most iconic franchise and the only publicly owned team in professional sports.

The team name comes from the Acme Packing Company, a meatpacking company that purchased team rights in the early 1920s. Green Bay currently has four Super Bowl victories, including the first-ever showdown in 1966. Known for traditions like the Lambeau Leap, the Packers have 13 league championships (including championships before the NFL–AFL merger) – the most in league history.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is given to the Super Bowl winner, was named after Green Bay legend Vince Lombardi, who guided the team to great success.

We decided to take a “Lambeau Leap” into the rich backstory of one of the most historic teams in the NFL. Read on to see how the #PackersNation jersey has changed throughout the past several decades.

Logo History

1951–1955: Green Bay’s first logo displays the team name in green block font with a football in the background and goal posts on either side.

1956–1961: The Packers change the logo to a quarterback getting ready to throw a pass, which is overlaid on a green outline of Wisconsin. The design is placed on an all-yellow football.

1961–1979: Green Bay rebrands with a simple block “G,” which closely resembles the current logo.

1980–present: The team adds a yellow outline to the logo.

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Notable Jersey Changes

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1921: The Acme Packing Company purchases early ownership of the team, so the first jerseys give pride to the team’s owners with navy blue and gold as the primary colors. Pants are worn high to protect the lower body, and the uniforms are made out of felt for better grip.

1923–1924: The Packers switch to a plain, gold jersey with nine navy-blue stripes on each sleeve.

1927: The uniforms are redesigned with jockey-like jerseys that feature 13 blue and gold vertical stripes and faded blue pants.

1929: The Packers abandon the previous look for plain, dark-navy jerseys with small numbering on the front enclosed in a circle.

1937: The Packers move to a solid blue jersey with a gold upper and gold numbers to match. The pants are gold, and the stockings match the jersey. The team has paid tribute to this jersey with recent throwback appearances.

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1951: The team utilizes combinations of metallic gold and introduces green into the uniform color scheme. A solid, bright green jersey is used with gold numerals and double gold stripes on each sleeve. Additionally, gold pants with green stripes complement the inverted colors of the top.

1954: The Packers reintroduce navy-blue jerseys with a new three-stripe design in a dirty-mustard coloring.

1959: Vince Lombardi revamps uniforms with the basic design and color changes that are still in place today. These alterations include a three-stripe design on socks and the familiar green-gold colorway that the Packers embrace.

1961: The team places its first and only logo on the helmet and changes the striping on the socks.

1969: Along with the rest of the league, the Packers wear a patch on the left shoulder to commemorate the league’s 50th anniversary.

1975: The green-white-green stripe on the pants grows wider by more than an inch.

1984: Forrest Gregg, a new head coach, makes the most changes to the uniform since Lombardi’s design in the late 1950s. The team adds the logo to overlay the striping on each sleeve. “TV numbers” move from sleeves to shoulders, and the team name, enclosed in a green circle, is added to the pants.

1989: The logo is removed from the sleeves, and the numbering on the pants disappears.

1994: To mark the team’s 75th anniversary, the Packers use a throwback uniform with navy blue and yellow coloring in memory of the late 1930s.

2001: Green Bay uses throwback uniforms for a Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Detroit Lions. The uniforms pay tribute to the 1930s, utilizing white jerseys with green numbers and gold pants.

2002: The Packers add an NFL shield to both the pants and the neckline.

2003: The Packers wear a new variation of a throwback uniform on Thanksgiving. The uniform is an updated version of the 1967 road uniform with subtle changes, including the green-gold trim on the sleeves, neckline, and matching socks.

2007: The Packers wear a patch in honor of the 50th anniversary of Lambeau Field.

2010: The Packers wear another throwback uniform with a nod to the 1920s. The jersey uses the original blue-and-yellow coloring, and the pants are a muddy gold shade.

2012: As the NFL makes the switch from Reebok to Nike as the official uniform provider, the Packers decline any modern enhancements. The team sticks with the classic collar and striped trim instead of Nike’s new design.

2013: The Packers wear a throwback uniform similar to 2012’s design, which paid tribute to the 1929 season. They change things up. The team decides to wear bright yellow helmets that match the shade of the jersey.

Looking Back to Look Forward

Nowadays, most NFL teams tend to avoid retiring jersey numbers due to the challenges it creates for the equipment staff. Although the Packers have been playing ball for a little over nine decades, they have only retired four numbers. To make up for their reluctance to retire legendary numbers, the Packers have their own Hall of Fame, which currently recognizes 128 former players.

No. 3 – Tony Canadeo

No. 14 – Don Hutson

No. 15 – Bart Starr

No. 66 – Ray Nitschke

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