Today I encountered an interesting debate on Twitter when I saw this post.
The list talks about the best throwback uniforms in the NFL and the #1 spot went to the Chargers.
Wait? The Chargers are wearing throwbacks this year? Well, actually, they aren’t. But somehow, this article included this set into the throwback debate.
The wait is over. After successfully avoiding leaks, the San Francisco 49ers have unveiled a new alternate uniform from the upcoming season. It is inspired by their ever popular 1994 uniforms which they wore during their last Super Bowl title season. Those specific uniforms were a throwback to their 1955 set.
These uniforms are not exactly 100 percent accurate to those uniforms as it will feature white socks (to go with the no longer mandated Color Rush initiative). But apparently the players can opt to wear red socks if they please.
Everything else remains the same, although with the way jerseys are cut these days, the sleeve stripes are moved up significantly. There are no TV numbers and the team will wear the same helmets they wore in 1994.
The addition of white pants is a welcomed look that some 49ers fans have clamored for. It’s a look that the team has not worn since the 1997 season. Now they have the all-white look from 1994 back in their rotation.
The 1994 throwbacks.
In 1994, the NFL celebrated their 75th anniversary and many teams throughout the league wore throwbacks that season. The 49ers wore the throwbacks you see above, taking back to their 1955 set, early in the season. When they got superstitious, they decided to keep wearing that uniform. They eventually rode that all the way to their Super Bowl XXIX victory.
That was the last time the 49ers won the Super Bowl and the aspirations to return and win it are at an all-time high for this franchise. Since the 49ers changed their uniform to their current set in 1994, the team has not worn a throwback for any kind. This current set is so similar to what they wore during their glory years of the 1980s that they eliminated any potential throwback games to that era. Of course they could throw back to the Jeff Garcia, Shaun Hill days but most of those were very tough seasons that fans might not want to remember.
So why not throw back to the 1994 set?
I love throwback games. And when they are done right, they are a great sight to behold. In fact, this could be a very visually-pleasing affair. I’m all for it!
Rams COO Kevin Demoff has been hinting at a new uniform change for the team and the team has emphasized white recently. For the past two years, the endzone design has been strictly blue and white. During their Thursday night game against the 49ers, the Rams opted to wear all white for their home game.
This latest tweet hints that the team might revert back to their glory days of being a blue and white team. I personally love it since those are one of my favorite uniforms of all time.
But of course, they could also include their previous uniform set of blue and yellow.
Fortunately with their current throwback rules, it can be done. The helmet will remain navy and they can swap out the decals for either looks. Regardless, I am glad they are moving away from their current set. While it was a good one, when they eliminated the gold pants, it really hurt their overall image. A change had to be made. I’m liking where this is going.
Mitchell & Ness has teamed up with Nike to produce Michael Jordan throwbacks for the next three years, commemorating his great moments such as “The Shot” and his various all-star game moments.
Even though M&N has produced Jordan jerseys in the past, they have never done so in a series like this to celebrate the great one’s career.
One issue, however, is that there weren’t too many changes to the Bulls’ uniform during Jordan’s career. Aside from a move from a cursive script to their current script and the name tags going from sans serif to serif, there isn’t much. But that’s where the creativity comes in from M&N. All-star games, NBA Finals jersey with patches and other great moments have these little differences that they surely will capitalize on.
Let’s see how creative they can get. These will retail at $250-$300. For the press release, click here.
Remember when the NFL announced that they want players to stick with one helmet all season long? That has prevented some teams from wearing throwbacks this year.With that news, most teams will stick with their normal uniform set unless they feature a throwback that doesn’t require a helmet change. Or some teams just use the throwback with their current helmet shell.
With that in mind, let’s take a look back at recent throwback uniforms that we will no longer see due to this new rule.
This upcoming Sunday, the Titans will visit the Rams and it will be a glorious uniform matchup. The Rams have decided to wear their 1999 throwbacks to commemorate their lone Super Bowl win against the Titans.
What a tremendous uniform opportunity! The Titans have essentially kept their uniform design since that season and the Rams’ decision to do this is a great back in time nostalgic uniform matchup. It will be great.
However, they won’t be exact. As you can see from the above video, the Rams wore their white jerseys and the Titans wore their navy jerseys. The Rams are set to wear their blue throwback jerseys, forcing the Titans to go with their white jerseys. It’s a shame that the Rams have no option to wear white since each NFL team is allowed three different jerseys per season. Had the Rams designated that third jersey as a white one, we’d have no problem. But they didn’t (as they are going to go throwback again later this season against the Buccaneers.)
The uniform matchup will be just like 1999. But not exactly. So close. Just like Dyson, so close, but not close enough. I still look forward to seeing this and feeling like it’s 1999 all over again.
When I was in high school when the throwback craze started to rise, I wondered how far the marketing would go. Throwbacks were great because for people my generation, I never got to see Julius Erving play. But to wear his jersey was a great way to celebrate and appreciate the history of the game.
However, would it be possible to have old school players wear the team’s current uniform? I called it “Fast Forward” but it was something that wasn’t too far-fetched.
In the following years, I would see some form of it, mainly when current manufacturers would get too lazy to create a throwback, so they just take a current template and just have the old names applied to it.
Take a look at this old Reebok commercial. A few of the old players are wearing the team’s then current design.
Per NFL rules, they want all teams to have their players wear the same helmet throughout the season. Because of that, the white throwback helmets the Buccaneers were planning to wear will not be used.
Some fans may think that this rule is silly, but it actually has merit. Like a baseball glove or basketball shoes, certain equipment need to be “broken” into. Because of that, wearing entirely new equipment, especially that kind that protects the head, might not be the safest plan. If this makes the game safer, I am OK with it.
It’s unfortunate in terms of aesthetics and nostalgia as a throwback uniform set that people seem to enjoy seeing won’t be used.
We will not be seeing this uniform in 2013.
But that doesn’t mean all other teams are left out. Just certain ones.