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The Evolution of the Patriots Logo and Uniform
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1960 - The tri-corner hat logo
1961 - Pat Patriot snaps into place
1960-92 - Seeing red
The one aspect of the jersey that did change over time was the placement of the stripes. The first 1960 pre-season jerseys had no stripes at all. Later in the inaugural season, stripes were introduced on the shoulder - blue and red for the white jerseys, white and blue for the red jerseys. This style continued until 1969 when the stripes moved to the sleeve cuffs. By 1973, the stripes moved over the bicep where they stayed until 1984, the team's 25th anniversary season. That year saw the team go back to the stripes on the shoulders, where they would remain until 1993. Read
1976-80 - Pat prevails
In preparation for the 1976 US Bicentennial, the Patriots commissioned NFL Properties to create a new logo. While he was a fan favorite, the intricacies of the Pat Patriot design were hard to replicate in the increasingly important retail market. The 1976 project was shelved until 1979 when a new logo was set to be introduced for the 1980 season. However, Sullivan got cold feet and knowing the fans would resist the change, decided to put the new logo up for a fan voice vote against the Pat Patriot logo at halftime of the September 16 game against San Diego. The new logo was soundly booed and Pat stayed 13 more seasons.
1993-99 - Royal Patriots
While Flying Elvis has remained the team's logo since 1993, the uniforms would undergo significant changes. After the 1993 season, the seemingly hard-to-read red numbers on the royal blue jerseys were changed to white numbers outlined in red. The blue jerseys also had white numbers outlined in red on the shoulders and the new logo on the sleeves.
A year after Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994, the uniforms underwent a slight overhaul for 1995. The colors remained the same, but the names and numbers were italicized while the body of the jersey was given a pinstripe pattern. The new jerseys also switched the position of the number and the logo on the arms, moving the number to the sleeves while the logo moved to the shoulders. Read
2000-Present - New blue hue
The Patriots have only worn a royal on royal combination twice, in back-to-back homes games during the 2002 season. After losing both games by a combined 25 points, the team has never worn royal tops with royal pants again. Read
It would be eight seasons before the Patriots wore alternate uniforms again, bringing back the red uniforms for a Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit in 2002. The next season, the team launched its first regular alternate jersey - silver. Other than the body color, the silver jerseys were identical to the white jerseys in design and used with blue pants. The team wore silver jerseys for at least one home game each year through the 2007 season.
The Patriots wore the red throwbacks four times in 2009 to commemorate the AFL anniversary - the 59-0 win in the snow over the Titans featured the red throwbacks. The Patriots wore throwbacks once a year from 2009-12 and are 9-3 overall in throwback jerseys. A new rule implemented prior to the 2013 season prevented alternate helmets, so the team has not worn the old Pat Patriot throwback uniforms since. Read