FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Patriots threw off a fireworks display of excitement in their off-season, announcing Wednesday that the franchise will return its old red jersey and Pat Patriot logo at some point in the 2022 season.
The specific game (s) when the Patriots will create the popular uniform combination will be announced at a later date.
The club brought the news creatively with a “Back to the Future” theme.
And now for a jersey-based Patriots history lesson.
Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me that the red uniforms are back? pic.twitter.com/X1pd6kpdpG
– New England Patriots (@Patriots) 22 June 2022
“Uniforms and helmets did not change significantly through the first 3 decades of the franchise’s existence, beginning in 1960. When Bill Parcells was hired as coach in 1993, a switch was soon made to royal blue jerseys and a new one.” Flying Elvis “logo on silver helmets.
By the 2000s, when Bill Belichick arrived as head coach, the jerseys changed to navy and silver with the same Flying Elvis logo on silver helmets.
During that time, the Patriots occasionally unveiled their old uniforms and white helmets as throwbacks / alternatives, setting a 9-3 record from 1994 to 2012.
The last time the Patriots wore red jerseys was Oct. 21, 2012, in a 29-26 victory over the New York Jets.
As for why there has been a decades-long wait to see them again, it can be traced back to a 2013 rule change imposed by the NFL that required every club to stay with one helmet on because of concerns about the safety of players (that rule was changed this year while maintaining the same player safety standards). The Patriots did not want to mix the old jerseys with their new silver helmets / Flying Elvis logo.
During that time, the love for the old jerseys and helmets grew among a segment of the Patriots’ fan base.
Which explains why Wednesday’s news was widely received.