At long last, the Green Bay Packers unveiled their throwback uniforms during Tuesday’s shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field.The jerseys — officially known as the historic third jerseys — will be a tribute to the jerseys worn by the team from 1937 through 1949. They essentially are the same throwbacks the Packers wore for a few games in 1994, when they celebrated their 75th anniversary.
During that era, the Curly Lambeau-led Packers won championships in 1939 and 1944, lost in the championship game in 1938 and went 10-1 but lost in the playoffs in 1941. The stars of those teams were Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Hutson, Tony Canadeo, Arnie Herber and Clarke Hinkle. Hutson and Canadeo have had their numbers retired.
Green Bay will wear them for the Oct. 18 game against San Diego.
The jerseys will be navy blue and gold — the Packers' predominant color scheme over their first three decades — and their design will include a gold yoke across the shoulders, the distinctive feature of their uniforms from the period. Completing the historic ensemble will be faded gold pants and high navy socks.
"Our organization has a unique and rich history," Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said. "This uniform is another great way for the Packers and our fans to celebrate and connect with our championship teams."
By NFL rule, teams can unveil an alternate jersey once every five years. In 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, the Packers wore a jersey paying tribute to the 1929 team that won the franchise’s first NFL championship.
With thousands of fans swarming Lambeau Field for the shareholders meeting, the team not surprisingly had the new uni’s for sale in the Pro Shop.