Any article related to NFL uniforms is usually met with two polar opposite reactions. One group is made of fans that love every aspect of football, including jerseys. They probably own a vast collection of home, away, alternate and retro jerseys of their favorite players and teams.
The type of fan who enjoys the detailed aspects of franchise mode in the Madden football series. I salute these fans for their passion in cheering their team to victory, and their demand to have them look sharp doing so.
The other group of fans are already pulling their hair out after one paragraph. They despise the NFL money-making uniform shuffle. They wish their team would spend more time announcing free agent signings, rather than holding press conferences to show off a new uniform variation.
To these fans, I salute your vision of sticking to the bigger picture. Understanding that at the end of the day, you want your team to do what it takes to get better and win, instead of focusing on nonsensical details that mean nothing.
I can see both points of view on the topic of uniforms. They don't really matter. They aren't going to make your team play better. However, to some people they represent a glimpse of their childhood. Perhaps seeing the retro uniforms unveiled over the past few seasons, brings them back to the time when they first saw a game live with their dad.
Perhaps it reminds the fans of better days. Especially in the cities with teams stuck in seemingly perpetual states of rebuilding. Whatever the case, the common element that brings these two groups together each Sunday is the passion that is second to none when it comes to the game of football.
So...as long as we are on topic, I present to you a list of the top 10 retro and or throwback uniforms that in my opinion should be brought back to each franchise. The saying that comes to mind is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." but unfortunately some marketing person must have missed this memo as they altered some of these classics to create a modern-day version that just doesn't inspire that same feeling when you watch your team take the field.
You may agree, disagree or have other suggestions. No matter your feeling about the selections I have chosen, I look forward to your comments. This list is in no particular order.