8. Denver Broncos
Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Denver’s major uniform update came in 1997 – and spurred on back-to-back Super Bowls – and the basic ‘new’ design has stayed fresh some 17 years later.
The forward moving horse head logo remains stylish and both the orange and blue home jerseys work well. It would have been impossible to not improve on the old (pre-1997) design (those were awful), but the Broncos did extremely well.
The only strike against it is the helmet stripe that starts thick in the back and narrows to a point in the front. I’ve never been a fan of tapered helmet stripes.
7. Green Bay Packers
Aug 22, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles with the football during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The green and gold color scheme is pretty much owned by the Green Bay Packers. Only the Oakland Athletics really try to stake a claim to the same chromatic – and perhaps now-relegated Norwich City — but it’s the Packers world, they’re just living in it.
Wisconsinites are a simple people. They like their beer, brats, cheese and Packers, and none of those things really need to change (thank you very much).
6. San Diego Chargers
Aug 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) waits in the tunnel before pre-game introductions before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
As a kid I thought lightning bolts on everything was cool, so I really liked the San Diego Chargers’ uniforms. Turns out I was right and lightning bolts are awesome and the Chargers remain totally rad.
The return to the white helmet has been great, and the powder blue alternate works as both an old-school throwback tribute as well as a rather modernized look.
5. Chicago Bears
Aug 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) reacts after catching a touchdown pass against Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Will Blackmon (not pictured) during the second quarter of the preseason game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Just about as classic as they come, the Bears uniform has withstood the test of time.
Growing up in metro Detroit made me no fan of Chicago, their teams, or their logos, but somehow I’m comforted by the fact that these Bears uniforms exist.
Everything works well in concert here. The dark navy color, the traditional wishbone “C” logo, the simple rounded numbers, and the George Halas memorial on the sleeve. It’s a reminder that glitz and glitter aren’t required on a football uniform for it to be as rock solid as they come.
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