Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand revealed today that the Lions will not be wearing throwback uniforms this Thanksgiving but that the team is in discussions with Nike regarding a third uniform.
What that third uniform could be is anyone’s guess but anything could be on the table if things are just in the “discussion” phase. The NFL limits each team to one alternate so any final decision has an impact on whether or not we see the Lions in their beautifully simple throwbacks that they wore most recently on Thanksgiving Day 2010.
A poll that ran on this site last summer gave fans the option to pick their preference between seeing the Lions wear their throwbacks on Thanksgiving or bringing back the black uniforms for Monday Night Football. Of course, neither happened in reality but the fan vote was nearly split with a small minority that voted in favor of the regular uniforms for all eight home games.
Could Nike be cooking up a redesign of the black uniforms? It’s possible and releasing those into the marketplace would figure to have a larger impact on jersey sales than adopting the throwbacks as the alternate.
Even though the Lions won’t have an alternate for the upcoming season it would be surprising if they didn’t have something for 2013 – why would Lewand even admit to discussing it with Nike if they weren’t sure something would eventually become official?
Personally, I’d like to see the third uniform be an old school throwback but a more convincing effort. You’ll notice in the picture embedded in this post that the “throwback” helmet looks stunningly similar to the helmets they wear every week – minus the decals. There is nothing throwback about that black facemask.