The Green Bay Packers have finally revealed their alternate uniform for the 2021 season, which will continue the team's tradition of wearing a throwback jersey as the third option. Green Bay will debut a 1950s-style throwback alternate uniform on Oct. 24 against the Washington Football Team, which pays homage to the uniforms the franchise wore from 1950 to 1953 -- the second time Green Bay wore green and gold.
The all-green uniforms have gold numbers and stripes, a much different look than the green jerseys with white numbers on the top and the white pants with the three stripes (green on the outside and gold in the middle). The Packers wore "Kelly Green" in the 1950s and alternated between green and gold pants. This uniform set will have green pants with gold stripes, and matching green socks.
Green Bay did not wear an alternate uniform in 2020 after previously wearing a navy blue and gold uniform from the 1940s. While the new Packers throwbacks are a classy look, the team went just 14-33-1 wearing the uniforms in the four years they donned them. That should change with Aaron Rodgers and a team that went 26-6 the last two seasons wearing the throwbacks.
The Packers classic uniforms also are eerily similar to the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers color rush uniforms they have worn over the past few years (Cleveland updated their alternate in 2020), a template Nike has liked. There are some differences, of course.
The Packers can wear these jerseys up to three times per year (maximum of two at home) over a five-year period. The era was the transition from Curly Lambeau (1949) to Vince Lombardi at the end of the decade (1959). Green Bay did not have a winning season in the 1950s, but it was a special chapter in the franchise's storied history.
"The 1950s were one of the most interesting times in our organization's rich history, creating the bridge between two of the greatest eras in pro football," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said, via the team's website. "With the NFL growing rapidly, this time period set the stage for the construction of Lambeau Field and for the team's success in the 1960s and beyond. We hope our fans enjoy celebrating our history with this new alternate uniform."
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