The Green Bay Packers' long-awaited alternative uniforms have now been revealed. The team will don 1937 throwbacks during its October 18 tilt against the San Diego Chargers.
Packers fans may remember those uniforms, as the team wore them in 1994. The throwbacks also share similar color scheme and overall feel to those worn by the team over the past five seasons.
Which begs the question: If the "new" throwback uniforms don't differ very much from the previous set, why not go in a different direction?
In part because of the franchise's history, Green Bay does not appear likely at this time to have apparel manufacturer Nike create one of its Frankenuniforms for use as a third jersey. So if throwbacks are the only option, wouldn't the Packers' 1935 uniforms warrant some consideration?
(The 1935 Packers team photo in the Milwaukee Journal, courtesy of PackersUniforms.blogspot.com)
While the Packers have always played in Green Bay, they did not include green in their uniforms until the 1935 season. That team featured a cavalcade of Pro Football Hall of Famers, including Don Hutson, Johnny "Blood" McNally, Clarke Hinkle and, of course, team founder and coach Curly Lambeau. Accordingly, throwbacks to the 1935 set make a compelling case for use as the team's third uniform.