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The Seattle Seahawks and Their NFL Uniform Changes over the Years (1976-Present)

Roman UschakCorrespondent INovember 15, 2011

The Seattle Seahawks and Their NFL Uniform Changes over the Years (1976-Present)

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    LAUREN MCFALLS/Associated Press

    Born in 1976, the Seattle Seahawks have more or less maintained consistent uniform schemes in their 35-year history. The first major revision came in 2002 when they moved back to the NFC and into their new post-Kingdome home, what was originally called Seahawks Stadium (now known as CenturyLink Field), followed by another upgrade in 2012.

    Here's a look at their various blue-and-green looks over the years.

First Helmet (1976)

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    DOUG PIZAC/Associated Press

    The Seahawks originally wore a silver helmet with a gray facemask. The logo on the sides was a totemic blue-and-green bird that wrapped around onto the back from both sides, but did not meet in the middle.

White Jersey (1976-1982)

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    Associated Press

    The original Seattle road jerseys were white with blue numbers, while the striping sequence on the sleeves below the TV numbers was green-white-blue-white-green.

    The Seahawks' pants for both the home and road uniforms were gray, with green-white-blue-white-green striping down the legs. The socks were white, and topped with blue-white-green-white-green-white-blue stripes (got all that?), with the blue stripes being much wider and thicker than the others.

    Completing the original look was black cleats, which changed to white by 1980.

     

Original Blue Jersey (1976-1982)

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    Associated Press

    The home jerseys for games at the Kingdome (and some road games) were blue with white numbers. The striping sequence on the sleeves below the TV numbers was white-green-white-green-white.

    The Seahawks' pants for both uniforms were gray with green-white-blue-white-green vertical striping down the legs. The socks were white, and topped with blue-white-green-white-green-white-blue stripes, with the blue stripes being much wider and thicker than the others.

    Completing the look was black cleats, which changed to white by 1980.

Blue Facemasks (1983-2001)

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    Roman J. Uschak photo

    The original Seahawks helmet remained virtually unchanged until 1983, when blue facemasks were added.

Blue Jersey (1983-2001)

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    Seattle's quarterback Dave Krieg steps away from a Cincinnati defender in the second half of NFL game in Seattle, Oct. 1, 1990. (AP Photo/Bill Chan)
    Bill Chan/Associated Press

    The most striking change to the Seahawks jersey in 1983 came on the sleeves. The white TV numbers on the blue home jerseys were moved to the shoulders, and the stripes were replaced by the same Seahawk head logo featured on the helmet.

    The pants remained the same as before, gray with green-white-blue-white-green vertical stripes. The cleats were white, while the original white socks with alternating color stripes were replaced by blue socks that shifted to white further down the leg.

    The original all-blue yoke or collar around the neck was replaced by a blue-white-green-white-green-white-blue striping sequence, and an NFL shield was also added below the collar in 1991.

    A 10th anniversary Seahawks logo was added to the Seahawks pants for the 1985 season, according to Seahawks Uni History. A 75th NFL anniversary logo was worn on both the home and road jerseys in 1994, while the Seahawks also wore their original uniforms at certain points that season (minus the gray facemasks.)

    A commemorative Seahawks 25th anniversary patch was worn on both jerseys during the 2000 season.

White Jersey (1983-2001)

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    Seattle Seahawks receiver Steve Largent (80) gets a pat on the helmet from teammate Norm Johnson after Largent caught his 100th career touchdown pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Dec. 10, 1989. Largent broke the 44-y
    Associated Press

    The white Seahawks road jersey underwent the same changes as its blue counterpart did in 1983. The blue TV numbers on the sleeves were moved to the shoulders, and the sleeve stripes were replaced by the same Seahawk head logo featured on the helmet.

    The pants remained the same as before, gray with green-white-blue-white-green vertical stripes. The cleats were white, while the original white socks with alternating color stripes were replaced by blue socks that shifted to white further down the leg.

    The original all-white yoke or collar around the neck was replaced by a green-white-blue-white-green striping sequence, and eventually an NFL shield was also added in the middle in 1991.

First Blue Helmet (2002-2011)

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    TED S. WARREN/Associated Press

    The Seahawks underwent a radical uniform redesign in 2002 as they prepared to move back to the NFC West and into their new outdoor stadium.

    Chief among those changes was a new navy blue helmet with a dark navy blue facemask. The totemic Seahawk logo was also redone in the team's new colors, with a lighter "Seahawks Blue" replacing the original kelly green. The new logo also appeared to be more aggressive, with a more forward-arching, lime green eye, and a more hooked beak.

    As with the original silver Seahawk helmet, the logo wrapped around to the back of the helmet on either side, but was separate in the middle. A new Seahawks wordmark was also developed, and was added in navy blue on the back bumper.

    The Seahawks proposed wearing two different helmets as part of their 2002 uniform alterations, but the NFL wouldn't allow it. The road helmets would have had the new, more predatory-looking Seahawk logo and navy blue facemask, but on a silver helmet—ostensibly an homage to the club's original lid from 1976-2011.

Blue Jersey (2002-2011)

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    Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

    The new home uniform was all blue, including both the jersey and pants. All the numbers were white, trimmed with navy blue. The lower jersey sleeves were also the navy blue shade, darker than the rest of the jersey, and contained a small Seahawk head logo. The collar was striped navy-green-navy, with the NFL shield at the bottom. Below that shield was the wordmark "Seahawks" in white in the new typeface.

    The striping sequence on the sides of the regular blue pants was navy-green-navy. The Seahawks later used navy blue pants, which were darker than the regular blue jerseys, in 2009. The striping on those pants was blue-green-blue.

    The socks were white with navy blue tops, while the cleats reverted to black.

    The Seahawks also alternately wore white or navy pants with the blue tops on several occasions.

White Jersey (2002-2011)

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    JAMES A. FINLEY/Associated Press

    The new road uniform was white, including both the jersey and pants. All the numbers were blue trimmed with navy. The lower jersey sleeves were blue and contained a small Seahawk head logo. The collar was striped navy-green-navy, with the NFL shield at the bottom. Below that shield was the wordmark "Seahawks", in blue, in the new typeface.

    The striping sequence on the sides of the pants was navy-green-navy. The Seahawks have also used both the blue pants and the navy pants with the white jerseys at various times, all on the road.

    The socks were white with navy blue tops, while the cleats reverted to black.

    According to Wikipedia and other sources, the Seahawks are the only current NFL team to have never worn their white jerseys at home.

    The Seahawks also wore a white jersey-blue pants combination for road games in both 2002 and 2009.

Super Bowl XL (2006)

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    Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor heads downfield after pulling in an interception thrown by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XL football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. At right is S
    WINSLOW TOWNSON/Associated Press

    The Seahawks wore their blue jerseys and pants for Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit on Feb. 6, 2005.

    Their jerseys featured a commemorative "Super Bowl XL" patch for that contest, which was won by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-10.

Green Jersey (2009)

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    Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

    The Seahawks wore a jersey other than blue or white for the first—and so far only—time on September 27, 2009, in a 25-19 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears at what was then called Qwest Field.

    These lime green creations—or nightmares—had the traditional navy blue sleeves with the Seahawk head logo. A white "Seahawks" wordmark was situated under the NFL shield below the collar, which itself was striped navy-blue-navy. 

    The green jerseys were paired with navy pants and were retired after that one and only appearance.

2012 and Beyond

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    Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

    According to Seahawks Uni History, Nike was to take over take over the manufacturing of all NFL team uniforms starting in 2012. The Seahawks underwent the most radical redesign in the league.

    The team colors went to College Navy, Wolf Grey and Action Green, with the players boasting various combinations of navy, white and gray jerseys and pants.

    The redesign also included a sublimated feathered pattern honoring the team's 12th Man was incorporated into the jersey numbers and pant legs, along with the new, darker blue helmet shown above.

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