An All-Black Detroit Lions Uniform?

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.

Jul 27, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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.

With only one alternate allowed per year, which would you rather see the Lions wear?

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  • Matt Pelc

    Ugh, put me down as a resounding no on the black jerseys. When they use to wear them, they looked more like the KC Royals wearing black than the Detroit Lions. I love the throwbacks, I dont understand why they no longer wear them on Thanksgiving.

    I like the current set of unis, but think they’d be even better if they took the black elements out and replaced it with a higher presence of silver. The black in the logo is okay though, just don’t like it in the unis.

  • gobluespartyon

    I like the black jersey those were pretty awesome I had a couple of those jerseys Roy Williams & Calvin Johnson I retired them Williams in 2010 & Johnson last year for the Nike Johnson.

  • Damon W Wilson

    The motor city alternate uniform, all black with the tread marks on the lines logos and numbers.