The Five Worst Uniforms In NFL History

A little something to take your mind off the legal woes of the NFL players currently in the news (Vick, Thurman, Pacman Jones, Tank Johnson, etc.).  Back in the day (in this case before 1990), pro football uniform designers had a major challenge facing them.  That challenge was making a football jersey that was both reflective of the team in question and pleasing to the eyes.  It seems that they failed miserably on both counts.  Having said that, here are the 5 worst uniforms in NFL history (these choices do not necessarily reflect the views of NFL GRIDIRON GAB):
1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976-96):  In 1988, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Vinny Testaverde threw 35 interceptions.  The Bucs’ front office was horrified that the young quarterback they had just a year earlier selected with the first pick in the NFL draft was having so much trouble distinguishing his own receivers from the opposing secondary that they tried something drastic: They switched jersey colors.  Rather than wearing orange at home and white on the road, Tampa Bay switched to wearing white in every game, thinking that would make it easier for Testaverde to find his receivers downfield.  That was the right move, but not because it would make Testaverde a better quarterback. It was the right move because those orange jerseys are hideous.
2 – Denver Broncos (1960-61):  The story has it that, for the Broncos’ inaugural season, general manager Dean Griffing purchased what were considered “compromise” uniforms, light colored jerseys and drab brown pants along with socks with vertical stripes that could be worn at both home and away games. Reputed to be extremely frugal (cheap is more like it), Griffing reportedly bought these used uniforms from a defunct organization in Tucson, Arizona.  Research indicates differing accounts as to the exact origin of the uniforms. Some sources have indicated that the uniforms were purchased from a defunct college bowl organization (Cooper Bowl College All-Star Game), while coach Jack Faulkner has suggested that the uniforms came from an Arizona semi-pro organization—the Rattlers—with whom Griffing had been previously employed. With a team that looked like that, it’s a wonder the American Football League lived long enough to merge with the NFL.
3 – Buffalo Bills, present:  Simply put the loudest clash of red, blue and whatever colors came to mind in the NFL.  Perhaps they gazed lovingly at the duds of the CFL teams to the north or they saw the success that met the Patriots and the Broncos soon after they donned their new ugly suits. I’m not sure.
4 – Green Bay Packers, 1937: When the NFL wore throwback uniforms league-wide to celebrate its 75th anniversary, Brett Favre put on the Packers’ 1937 duds. Ophthalmologists were overrun with emergency calls as fans everywhere gouged out their eyes.  I can see why.  I mean, imagine this: a solid yellow helmet, minus logos and stripes.  Add to this a dark green shirt with yellow numbers and Grey Poupon-colored pants.  T-Shirts Plus should be envious.
5 – Everything in the Pro Bowl: A Packers helmet on top of a blue-and-white NFC jersey, a Raiders helmet on top of a red-and-white AFC jersey, every combination looks horrid.  The uniform manufacturers should be arrested – for impersonating uniform manufacturers.
An honorable mention should be mentioned here; this uniform is from the NFL’s 75th Anniversary.  It is:
1 – 1925 Chicago Bears. Nice combo here.  Helmets with no logo and jersey tops with blue and orange stripes (I call this the Tank Johnson collection).  Coincidence?

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8 Responses to “The Five Worst Uniforms In NFL History”

  1. Packer Fan says:

    Um… for the Packers… they had a dark Blue shirt not a Green one…

    does that move them off the list or what?

  2. Bucs Fan says:

    The Bucs logo is bad and only a Bucs fan loves the orange but the uniforms that get my vote are the orange and fushia (or pink) uniforms of the WFL’s Southern California Suns.

  3. ghost of george allen says:

    1.houston oilers
    2.atlanta falcons 2006 black helmet;red,black and white jersey, with white pants.
    3. every pro bowl
    4.original tampa bay bucs
    5.original seattle seahawks

  4. Technically, the Broncos 1960-61 jerseys were not NFL jerseys as the team was in the AFL.

  5. KB says:

    The worst ever jersey…the Orlando Thunder of the WLAF. Lime green disasters…

  6. Charlie says:

    1 – The Broncos current iniform is by far the worst uniform/logo ever to take a field. Time to get the 1965-66 home and away jerseys with the Lou Saban “D” helmet back. Put these combos together and you have the best uniforms in football.

    2 – The Patriots current uniform is real ugly. Gotta get back to the classic unis that Stanley Morgan wore. They were awesome!

    3 – Todays Seahawks unis are cartoonish. WTF is that? Bring back what Largeant wore. That’s classic Seahawks!

    4 – The Steelers “only” need to return to their BLOCK numbers and get rid of that faggot soccer syle numbers.

    5 – The Falcons uniforms of taday are hideous! Get back to the classic Nobis and also William Andrews uniforms of the 80’s were awesome.

    BTW, we need to contract these NFL Eurotrash imposter team floating around in our league.

    Ravens – with the following to happen

    Bring back the Colts to BALTIMORE!!!!!
    Move the Browns’ original team back to Cleveland.
    And give the BROWNS its’ SB Championship that it won vs the Giants. Long overdue.
    And, get the Cardinal back to ST. Louis
    And get the Rams back to L.A.

  7. Mark says:

    To Charlie,

    If you propose to move all the teams back to their original cities, that would get weird. The Rams are originally from Cleveland, too. Chiefs would have to go back to Dallas. Cardinals get shipped to Chicago. Lions pedal down to Portsmouth, Ohio, of all places. Titans to Houston. Do they all have to use their original names? Double Texans and double Titans?