Players Model 'New' Uniforms

The Packers show off their "new" 1929 jerseys at Fan Fest ... plus coach Mike McCarthy meets the press and discusses his offensive line.

Curly Lambeau played for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame. When Lambeau founded the Packers in 1921, as the story goes, he modeled the Packers' uniforms after what he wore with the Fighting Irish.

Thus, for most of the team's first three decades, the players wore navy blue shirts with gold accents. The Packers dredged up the 1929 uniforms — worn by the franchise's first championship team — for a 2010 throwback uniform. It will be worn at one or two home games.

"We wanted to celebrate the history and tradition of the Packers," President Mark Murphy said. "Those who remember history and follow the history of the Packers know it was a very successful era for the organization."

Brad Jones, Nick Collins and Jordy Nelson modeled the new uniforms for the 2,200 fans at Fan Fest on Friday, and Jones and Nelson met with reporters in the Packers' locker room.

"I've never worn an old-school jersey before," Jones said. "It's kind of cool. I like it. It's like playing ‘Super Tecmo Bowl' if ‘Super Tecmo Bowl' was like 1920-something."


Brad Jones and Jordy Nelson
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Reaction among the fans was mixed. It's certainly a strange look considering the team has worn green and gold since 1950. The brown helmets are meant to mimic the old-style leather helmets.

"Everyone will have their opinion," Nelson said. "Some people will like them, some people won't, I'm sure. It's different. I enjoy it. I think it will be fun to wear some throwbacks. I think it will be something we'll always remember."

"I like the jerseys a lot," Nelson added. "The pants — the two different colors with the helmet and the pants — are kind of different. I think it will grow on us. I walked in the back and looked in the mirrors and it definitely made you feel kind of old. It's not the green and gold that everyone's used to."

Offensive line chatter

Coach Mike McCarthy is happy that left tackle Chad Clifton is back under contract and hinted that right tackle Mark Tauscher will be re-signed soon.

"I anticipate Chad will be better this year physically than he was last year, because you can't discount the fact that he had a number of surgeries and the rehab that he went through at this time last year," McCarthy told reporters on the fourth floor of the stadium during Fan Fest. "The ability that he'll have to get into his training, increase his training at a higher rate earlier in the offseason I think will definitely help him. I know coming out of the season he definitely feels better this year than he did two years ago. The surgeries definitely gave him some relief, and we look for him to be a very productive player for us this year."

McCarthy added that he feels good about the line's depth and said center Scott Wells and right guard Josh Sitton were his best linemen last season.

Offseason program

The voluntery offseason program begins on Monday. McCarthy said he expects "attendance to be high." However, the agent for Daryn Colledge has said his client is likely to skip the offseason work as a way to push for a new contract. Colledge, a restricted free agent, was given a second-round tender worth $1.759 million.

"We look to improve our offseason program every single year, whether it's from a facilities standpoint," McCarthy said. "We've made some improvements in the weight room. Mark Lovat has taken the helm of the strength and conditioning, and I know a lot of people are excited about that. He'll bring some creativity that wasn't evident in the past in the way we train our players. We've changed the schedule some. We've built in some more rest and recovery, which the more you spend time with the medical people, it's important this time of year. There's some evidence of overtraining in our program last year. So, all those things have been looked at and addressed, and it will be exciting to get back in the room Monday and get started."

Quoteworthy

— Asked whether he's been busy with free agent visits, McCarthy said: "Um, no."


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