Power Ranking Every NFL Team's Best Throwback Jersey

Ray TannockSenior Analyst ISeptember 23, 2011

Power Ranking Every NFL Team's Best Throwback Jersey

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    There's nothing better than sitting around watching your favorite team on a Sunday afternoon, especially when they are donned in their throwback jerseys.

    Well today, I thought it would be a fun idea to revisit some of those indelible looks and rank them from worst to best.

    This is, of course, solely based on my own personal preference, so feel free to offer up your number one, or whatever ranking you have in mind—this is just more about having some fun.

    One caveat is that 14 teams will not be mentioned here today.

    While some of the teams not mentioned DO have a throwback jersey—some do not entirely—, I wanted to focus on the teams that went through drastic changes instead of adjustments to color and such.

    Those teams include, the Raiders, Chargers, Vikings, Texans (the new Texans that is) Colts, Browns, Panthers, Saints, Dolphins, Ravens, Cardinals and Seahawks.

    OK, with that in mind, let's take a look.

18. Denver Broncos

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    There are some dreadful uniforms of old in the NFL, but this one really takes the cake, which is why it comes in at 18.

    To be honest, if it weren't for the leg dressings, the rest wouldn't be half bad.

17. Houston Oilers

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    The original Oilers design—shown in the slide—was as boring as they come, with the uniforms also following strict suit in color scheme.

    Conversely, the updated version of this uniform that is better known was much cooler than its original design.

    Here's a screenshot for those of you who forget, or do not know.

16. The Rams

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    There was something to be said about the old Rams uniform prior to this man winning a Super Bowl for the team, whether it was because of their losing ways or their brief storied player history.

    The uniform itself was ugly as hell but was a mainstay throughout history, except for a brief time from 1964 to 1972 where their colors resembled that of the modern day Indianapolis Colts.

15. Detroit Lions

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    For me personally, this Lions uniform was not only my favorite version because of the simplicity, but  it reminds me of watching football with my grandfather as a kid who was a HUGE Lions fan.

14. Chicago Bears

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    The 1944 version of the true Monsters of the Midway gear is an oldie but a goodie. All that's missing from this picture is a wad of gauze and a leather helmet.

13. Indianapolis Colts

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    Going back 40 to 50 years reveals that a lot of teams had a distinct interest in dark colors, particularly shades of blue for some strange reason.

    Personally, I like this version of the Colts getup more than the current version.

12. The Dallas Texans (Chiefs)

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    OK, follow me here.

    In 1925—a few years after the forming of the NFL, which was the product of the APFA changing its name to the National Football League—a new team joined the league: The Kansas City Cowboys who operated under the Kansas City Blues a few years earlier.

    The Blues, who were the first original team from Kansas City, played strictly as a road team, and the Cowboys were the first team from Kansas City under the NFL.

    Fast forward to the sixties.

    The Chiefs as we know them began their career in 1960 as the Dallas Texans

    Two years later, the Texans wound up winning the AFL Championship in 1962, and the team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri the following year.

    A little bit of history for all you Chiefs fans out there.


11. New York Jets

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    I suppose delving into history was going to be inevitable with a slide like this.

    The Jets were actually the original Titans back when the Giants owned the Big Apple outright.

    "The Titans of New York", as they were called, were anything but. They suffered through financial problems, and a series of losing seasons since their inception in 1959 until they drafted a certain quarterback from Alabama in 1965.

    The uniforms of today are obviously modeled after the ones from Namath's day, but c'mon, does anyone wanna really revisit this design?

10. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Despite not being an Eagles fan, Mike Quick was one of my all-time favorite players to watch, and this version of the Eagles' gear is the most memorable to me.

    Before this condensed logo, the wing was a little wider and simply gray with no white border around it.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    I am a huge fan of this version of the Steelers uniform, and love it a lot better than old faithful.

    But then again, some things aren't meant to be changed.

8. Dallas Cowboys

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    As far as old or "throwback" uniforms, I think the Dallas Cowboys version is one of the sharpest looking uniforms in the NFL.

    But again, even though this uniform is a pretty good one, there are still better ones yet to be mentioned.

7. New York Giants

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    As a kid growing up, I thought nothing was more intimidating than the plain-jane getup the New York "football" Giants wore for all those years.

    It probably had a lot to do with Bill Parcells' willful and imposing coaching style and players like Mr. Taylor, Mark Bavaro, Joe Morris and Harry Carson, but you get the idea.

6. Buffalo Bills

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    I love this uniform; I love the design and look, but for the life of me I couldn't tell ya why. Maybe it's the simplicity of it all or the lone Buffalo. I don't know, but it comes in at number 6 anyway.

5. Green Bay Packers

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    I introduced this slide with quite possibly the coolest uniform in Packers history, but this version isn't too shabby either.

    Coming in at number five, the Packers are one of just a few teams that underwent major design overhauls throughout their history.

4. Atlanta Falcons

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    Out of all the logos and color schemes that I liked as a kid, nothing was better than the Atlanta Falcons' look despite being one of the worst teams of the 80's.

    Except for their heartbreaking 12-4 season in 1980, of course.

    The red on black design and the original Falcon design is still better than today's current artwork by far.

3. Washington Redskins

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    As far as uniform and logo history, the Redskins probably take the cake, but that's only good enough for the number 3 spot.

    This version of the team represents the AWAY version of the uniforms from 1970 and 1971, which were again worn—as shown—in celebration of the team's 75th anniversary.

    The logo before this one was even cooler and can be viewed here.

2. New England Patriots

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    Ah-ha! How many of you thought that the Patriots old getup was going to be number one?  Be honest!

    I'll admit that there's nothing more indelible than the "Pat the Patriot" logo and the subsequent uniform that went along with it.

    And I will also admit that the current uniform PALES in comparison to this version.

    If I had my way, I would bring this uniform back permanently.

    So wait, who's number one then?

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Say what you will, but my hat goes off to "Bucco Bruce" and the Buccaneers original designer Lamar Sparkman (an artist for the Tampa Tribune) for creating what I believe was the best NFL team design.

    At the time, this was the worst team the NFL had to offer. From the team's inception in 1976 to the end of the 1980's, the Buccaneers were nothing more than a miserable mess, with only one wining season in 1979 (10-6).

    But who cares about that; it's all about the throwback, and the Bucs simply take the cake in my opinion hands down.

    I hope you all enjoyed and feel free to leave your nomination below. If you are interested in any fantasy football advice, come check out my latest Week 3 Rankings and more.

Honorable Mention: San Diego Chargers!

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    The fans have spoken and I have listened!

    This version of the Chargers' gear was originally left out, after countless mentions for this gear, and some reconsideration, I am entering them in as an honorable mention.

    I sort of have to since this slide is already complete in construction, otherwise i would've entered in an actual rank—somewhere between 6 and 8, let's say.

    Thanks for chiming in everyone and keep the comments coming about your favorite.