I’ve always wanted to see a league-wide program in which teams are grouped based on their inaugural seasons. Finally, it’s happened, and I have the NFL and New Era to thank.
In celebration of the National Football League’s centennial season in 2019, each team’s new home sideline cap will be based on design-styles popular of the time the club was established.
Personally, I love this idea, let’s do it again.
Teams like the Chicago Bears, and Green Bay Packers? Wool caps with striped panels and a simple logo on the front. The San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions? Wordmark heavy graphics on wool. The trucker caps with mesh backing of the 1970s for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, right up to the multi-coloured crowns and arched block lettering for more recent teams like the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans.
“We sat down with the league several months ago to talk about what we could do to commemorate the NFL’s 100th season,” Ryan DiNunzio, New Era’s director of football and soccer told the USA Today. “We wanted to celebrate it in an authentic way, so we started to think about how we could separate the teams into decades.”
A look at the home designs for all 32 NFL teams:
Another bonus, you lose a league-wide template applied to all 32 with this. Instead five different designs, gives more of a feeling that each team is its own thing.
Several teams also have a secondary “historic” version of this cap, which helps give these vintage cap designs a slightly more authentic look for the era in which they belong:
For road games, designs are more what you’d expect from a sideline collection. Primary logo on the crown on the team’s primary colour, and secondary colour stitching on the visor and on the cap panels. The team’s establishment year on the side:
Like the home collection, there are historic team logos available for the road cap design: