The news is obviously welcome among Patriots fans, even considering that 10 of the franchise’s 11 Super Bowl appearances have come wearing modern uniforms. (The other saw the team fall 46-10 to the Bears in Super Bowl 20.) The Sporting News’ Bill Bender said as much in his ranking of the NFL’s top 20 throwback uniforms.
The Patriots aren’t the only ones breaking out retro looks in the near future. The Eagles will bring back their Kelly green uniforms in 2023, and the Buccaneers will unveil the Bucco Bruce throwbacks the same season.
The Patriots have used their throwback unis on occasion, starting with a 2002 Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions. The team didn’t use them again until 2009, though they remained in rotation through 2012 — specifically, a Week 7 win over the Jets — before a 2013 NFL rule limited teams to using only one helmet in a given season. The league will repeal its “one shell” rule as of the 2022 season, however, enabling New England to once again use its throwback uniforms.
The Patriots Hall of Fame Twitter account announced on Dec. 3, 2021 that the team would once again use the throwbacks in the 2022 season. The team overhauled its look for the 1993 season, forgoing the traditional look and red jerseys in favor of the modern iteration, which featured blue as the team’s primary color and the “Flying Elvis” logo on the helmets.
New England cornerback Jalen Mills posted to his Instagram story showing off the team’s legendary throwback helmet, which includes “Pat Patriot,” a fixture in the team’s uniforms from 1961 all the way through 1992.