FOXBOROW, Massachusetts. The New England Patriots put on a fireworks display during the off-season, announcing Wednesday that the franchise will be bringing back its old red jersey and Pat Patriot logo at some point in the 2022 season.
Specific games in which the Patriots will wear the popular uniform combo will be announced at a later date.
The club creatively presented the news on the theme “Back to the Future”.
And now the history lesson of the “Patriots” in T-shirts.
Wait a minute, doc. Are you saying the redcoats are back? pic.twitter.com/X1pd6kpdpG
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 22, 2022
Uniforms and helmets did not change significantly during the first 3.5 decades of the franchise’s existence, beginning in 1960. Then, when Bill Parcells was hired as a coach in 1993, the transition to the royal blue jerseys and the new “Flying Elvis” was soon made. logo on silver helmets.
By the 2000s, when Bill Belichick became the head coach, the jerseys changed to navy blue and silver with the same Flying Elvis logo on the silver helmets.
During this time, the Patriots occasionally showed off their old uniforms and white helmets as throwbacks/alternatives, posting a 9-3 record from 1994 to 2012.
The last time the Patriots wore the red jerseys was on October 21, 2012, in a 29:26 overtime win over the New York Jets.
As to why they waited ten years to see them again, this can be traced back to a rule change introduced by the NFL in 2013 that required each club to remain in the same helmet for player safety (this rule has been amended in this year, while maintaining the same player safety standards). The Patriots didn’t want to mix the old jerseys with their new Flying Elvis silver helmet/logo.
During this time, a love for old T-shirts and helmets grew among some of the Patriots fans.
This explains why Wednesday’s news was well received by many.