If there is one idea conceived in the mind of Matt Millen that at least some Detroit Lions fans can dig, it was the black alternate jersey the team wore on a couple occasions in the mid 2000s.
While most of Millen’s decisions have been judged in hindsight as total failures, the fanbase seems split on whether or not the Lions should ever wear the black alternates again.
The debate about the black jersey seems to come up ever year and that chatter has started with the Lions rocking black football pants for their practice in full pads yesterday. Those pants were just for practice but they’ve definitely got some fans talking.
The Lions always wear black as part of their practice uni, mostly in the form of shorts like Nate Burleson is wearing in the picture in this post. Some players wear long black warm-up style pants instead of the shorts – Tony Scheffler is one who tends to wear the long pants.
According to a tweet from Channel 7’s Brad Galli, you can count Calvin Johnson (another Millen decision that remains right in hindsight) among the group in favor of the black look. Apparently he has been pushing for an alternate uniform entirely in black, including the helmet.
Is that something you would like to see?
Remember, the NFL limits teams to just one alternate per season so if you’re a fan of the throwback and the black, you have a choice to make.
The Lions didn’t wear an alternate uniform in Nike’s first year as the league’s exclusive uniform provider but Tom Lewand did indicate it might be time to break out the throwbacks. He also indicated the team would be interested in working with Nike on an alternate last year when Nike took over the contract but he did not elaborate whether that would be a throwback, black jersey or something entirely new.