Nov. 25, 2010; Detroit, MI, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets sacked by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Could Wear Throwback Uniforms in 2013


The Detroit Lions haven’t worn an alternate uniform in either of the past two seasons, sticking with their standard home blues and road whites. That could change for the 2013 season.

Before the surprisingly large number of you that actually liked the black jersey look get too excited, if an alternate is worn in 2013 it will be the throwback. Let’s all hope the black jersey is gone for good.

The Detroit Lions hosted a town hall event for season ticket holders tonight and the throwback uniform is one of the things Tom Lewand touched on. He indicated that there is no guarantee the team will wear it but he feels that it is time.

Lewand stated last April that the team was in the discussion phase with Nike regarding an alternate uniform even though the Lions wouldn’t wear one during the 2012 season.

NFL rules limit clubs to just one alternate uniform per season. That means the black jersey, or some new contemporary alternate, would be worn at the expense of the ability to wear a throwback.

When the Lions have worn throwbacks uniforms it has traditionally been on Thanksgiving Day. Assuming that holds true, a number of intriguing options are available considering the Lions will host an NFC opponent. Obviously there are the matchups with the Bears, Packers and Vikings – all of whom would make for a classic looking Thanksgiving game. We can rule out the opponent being the Cowboys since they host their own game that day but that still leaves the New York Giants, the other NFC East opponent to visit Ford Field in 2013, as a potential opponent and another classic in the vein of the NFC North opponents.

That leaves just one more possibility and by far my favorite: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their creamsicle orange jerseys. While the clean look of the old time blue and silver has been a popular throwback look, part of me really wants to see a Thanksgiving game between the Lions and Bucs with both teams wearing their threads from the early 90s. Is there a better way to honor the newly retired Jason Hanson than with an old school NFC Central game between the Lions and Bucs? I think not.

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  • Jared Meyering

    Please yes! 90s jerseys please! Best lions Jersey of all time.

    • http://tomaroonandgold.blogspot.com Matt Snyder

      Agreed that they should use the Sanders-era jerseys.

  • Francis Louis Charbonneau Jr

    If the Lions were smart, they would bring back the 1990s jerseys, silver pants and the blue and white striped helmets and yes Bubbles the Lion without all of the stupid Matt Millen black trim that many teams have discarded. Note in MLB the NY Mets went back to their classic uniforms of 1969 and the amazin Mets, the Tigers still are the royalty of baseball with the Yankees with both of their home whites. The Detroit Red Wings have the best jersey in the NHL. And, even the SF 49ers went back to their original gold and red jerseys and pants. I wish the Lions would get rid of these stupid embarrassing horrid uniforms and get back to their original 90s uniforms. The Dallas Cowboys uniforms look classic and they don’t have any of that black trim crap. The Lions would look just as classic – please bring them back. The Lions uniforms are an insult to Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions fans who have enjoyed great uniforms.