NFL's Top 10 Sweetest Throwback Jerseys

Araz EleyasianContributor IIJune 11, 2011

NFL's Top 10 Sweetest Throwback Jerseys

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    Throwback uniforms are a respectful nod to the history of a franchise and a nice way to mix it up every once in a while. It becomes a symbol of remembrance of the great players who donned those particular jerseys in days gone by while also giving younger fans a lesson in the histories of a franchise.

    I ranked these throwbacks using three criteria: color scheme, design and whether they're better than the team's current uniform.

    If you think your team's retro duds deserve to be in the top 10 sweetest NFL throwbacks, post a comment below! 

No. 10: Indianapolis Colts

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Color Scheme

    Let me just say that I've never been a huge fan of white helmets, so I'll come right out and tell you that I unequivocally love these blue helmets. They complement the white road jersey so well, and that makes this throwback pop.

    The Colts' color scheme relies on two basic colors. Speed blue and white. But the 1955 throwback here gets the right mix of both to ensure this jersey is anything but boring. 

    Design

    The three parallel stripes around the sleeves with the player's number on top tops off the old school charm of the throwback. A welcome change from the current design.

    Only knock would be the two horseshoe's on the back of the helmet. Honestly, they just look weird to me. But I could get used it if it meant we could have these jerseys full time.  

    Verdict: Better than the current uniform?

    Most definitely better. It's clean, crisp and classic. Can't go wrong with this one.  

No. 9: Atlanta Falcons

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11:  Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons against the Baltimore Ravens at Georgia Dome on November 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Color Scheme

    I've always thought that red and the black go really well together. Red trimming around the numbers with the red helmet gives this throwback a menacing look. I prefer black uniforms on the Falcons because it perfectly accentuates their "Dirty Birds" image. They're not a finesse team and they love to ride the Michael Turner wrecking ball to victory. 

    Having a red helmet is rare in the NFL, so that's a definite plus, and the dirty bird logo stands out better against the red instead of the usual black helmets the Falcons wear with both of their standard jerseys. 

    Design

    This throwback gets major points for being simple in its design. The current jersey's sleeves are way too busy for my liking and gives the Falcons a cartoonish look, in my opinion. 

    Verdict: Better than the current uniform?

    Better. Let's make this the standard jersey!

No. 8: St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 31: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass against Eric Norwood #92 of the Carolina Panthers at the Edward Jones Dome on October 31, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Panthers 20-10.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwana
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    Color Scheme

    Is someone going to seriously try and tell me that the putrid Millennium Blue and New Century Gold that the Rams wear to stink up the joint are better than this classic throwback?

    If your team's going to be at the bottom of the food chain, you may as well do it in style...like the Bills this coming season. Yeah, that's right Rams fans...7-9 in the NFC West isn't impressive, especially when your division champion had the same record.  

    The yellow-gold and blue look awesome together and they brighten up the uniform, in stark contrast to the drab colors the team changed to in 2000.  

    Design

    This is where the throwback really shines. Rams horns on the helmet? Pretty cool. Rams horns around the sleeves? Just epic, if you ask me. 

    Verdict: Better than the current uniform?

    Better. Let's get back to the glory years of Youngblood, Dickerson and the Greatest Show on Turf. Tell me who doesn't love the rams horns on the sleeves?

No. 7: Buffalo Bills

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Andy Levitre #67 of the Buffalo Bills plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Pittsburgh won 19-16 in overtime.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Color Scheme

    Throw Midnight Blue out the window—here comes Royal Blue.

    Not only are we getting rid of that depressing blue the Bills have been sporting, but we're bringing back a more cleaner color scheme with white helmets and solid Royal Blue jersey. Red trimming around the numbers and the sleeve stripes give it that extra oomph.   

    Design

    Yes, I see the comic value there too in the fact that I'm sure many people don't know the specifics of the current Bills jersey design because they'd rather change the channel to watch Jersey Shore than be subjected to seeing the Bills lose almost every week. 

    But last year seemed to show there's a fighting spirit in Buffalo, and a change in uniform might just go the trick.

    Either way, this throwback is swanky. The plain red buffalo is a hell of a lot more interesting than their logo now and, just like the Falcons, this jersey gets rid of the unnecessary added designs that mess up the classic look that's most appealing here.

    I particularly love the thin blue stripe in between two thicker red ones along the pants that contrasts the three stripes on the helmet. Nice touch.   

    Verdict: Better than the current uniform?

    Better. But having seen the Madden 12 trailer, it looks like the Bills might have a decent uniform to challenge this one after all. 

No. 6: Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25:  David Buehler #18 of the Dallas Cowboys is congratulated by Matt McBriar #1 after kicking a field goal against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Ge
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    Color Scheme

    Navy and white. Hard to make those two interesting, but certainly the overall design of this throwback helps. For the most part, seeing the Cowboys in anything but white jerseys is jarring, but I don't mind this look at all. The darker blue against the white is crisp and the navy stripes on the white pants are slick. 

    Design

    Could anyone love the plain navy blue stars on the shoulders more than I? Not likely. I would consider moving this throwback to the top of the list if it wasn't such an abomination to what most fans usually perceive to be how America's Team is supposed to look like.

    What I appreciate most from this design is the inverted coloring for the player's name. It gives the throwback a unique look and matches with the solid navy blue that dominates the uniform. 

    The two navy stripes along the pants complete the look. 

    Verdict: Better than the current uniform?

    While I appreciate a good throwback, I much prefer the classic white Cowboys uniform that we're so used to seeing. 

No. 5: Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Ellis Hobbs #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Color Scheme

    Kelly Green. 'Nuff said.

    Design

    While I appreciate the use of TV numbers on the sleeves rather than an Eagles logo, I prefer the wings on the modern Eagles helmet instead. 

    In saying that, the fact that this throwback let's the kelly green do all the work gets major bonus points from me.

    Verdict: Better than the current uniform?

    Much better. The darker green uniforms can never compete with this classic.

No. 4: New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 27:  Mark Sanchez #6 of The New York Jets passes against The Tennessee Titans during their game on September 27, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Color Scheme

    Let's face it, the colors are ugly. And I hate the Jets (or rather, they're the Titans here). But surprisingly, something about this unique color scheme makes me want to see more of it.  

    Design

    Only the Browns can get away with no logos on their helmets, so that's a fail right there for me. But I do like how the design of the Jets' uniform hasn't changed all that much since their days as the Titans. Major kudos for keeping their look consistent.  

    Verdict: Better than their current uniform?

    Uh, no. No way.  

No. 3: Tennessee Titans

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    NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 15:  Nate Washington #85 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates with Kenny Britt  #18 after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in their NFL game at LP Field on November 15, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.    (Photo by John So
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    Color Scheme

    Baby Blue uniform and helmet. White numbers with red trim. White Oilers logo. Freakin'. Awesome. 

    Design

    The Oilers logo is one of the best in NFL history.

    What makes the throwback jersey stand out among the rest are the white numbers outlined in red. Leaving the jersey in solid baby blue to match the helmet gives the uniform more appeal because it doesn't mess with what makes it so awesome. It only accentuates it's unique color scheme.

    Verdict: Better than the current design?

    This throwback rocks, but unfortunately that ship has sailed. We're now the Titans of Tennessee, and we've still got a cool looking jersey/logo combination.  

No. 2: San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers signals during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Color Scheme

    Powder Blue. White helmet. Yellow lighting bolts. Perfection.

    Design

    Not much of a difference to what they're wearing now. But the power blue gives the lightning bolts a real edge and makes them pop right off the jersey. Trimming around the interesting number font the Chargers employ completes this razor sharp image.  

    Verdict: Better than the current uniform?

    I think anyone who's a fan of the NFL would say that the Chargers are fools not to go back to these stunning throwbacks. Much better than the darker blue they're wearing now.

No. 1: New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 18:  Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by teammate Randy Moss #81 after Welker scored a touchdown in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans on October 18, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massac
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    Who else was going to take the top spot?

    Color Scheme

    The deep and dominate red gives this throwback the crown. Completing the patriotic look are touches of blue and white. The Patriots' old look gets it right with white numbers on a red jersey looking crisp. 

    Design

    I think we can all agree that Pat Patriot shoots this throwback right to the top of the list. I do like the vintage look with blue and white stripes on the shoulder and the red socks. The white helmet makes Pat Patriot the focal point of the entire look.  

    Verdict: Better than the current uniform?

    Pat Patriot or Flying Elvis? I think we all know who takes the cake. The throwbacks overall are a much better look, but the resounding success that the team has experienced since the change keeps the new Patriots look firmly in place.