The Chicago Bears made things official late last night when they unveiled their new 1936-style throwback uniforms at the opening of the Bears100 Celebration Weekend in Rosemont, Ill. The uniform replaces the 1940s throwback they’d been wearing the last few seasons.
Confirming last week’s leak, the uniforms are white with four alternating blue and orange stripes on each shoulder with three more on each sleeve. In total that gives us 14 stripes across the top of the jersey. Chicago’s own version of the NFL’s 100th anniversary logo is added as a patch to the upper-left chest.
The stripes continue down the socks, where alternating blue and orange horizontal lines go from the top to the toe.
Helmets are navy blue with three orange stripes (needs more stripes!) and a blue facemask. The physical shell itself is the same as their usual helmet just with the “C” decal removed allowing the team to wear two different helmet designs here in the NFL’s one-helmet-per-season era.
“This [uniform] really stood out because it was for only one year,” Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said. “We thought it would be a great idea to bring it back and see if our fans like it. For that time, you think of uniforms being pretty drab, but this was a pretty dramatic statement, especially those socks. I love the socks. The socks make the uniform, in my opinion.”
Chicago will wear the new throwback twice during the upcoming 2019 NFL season, both games at home. The first will be against the Minnesota Vikings on September 29th and then again against the Dallas Cowboys for a Thursday Nighter on December 5th. Chicago will still wear their orange alternate for one game in addition to their usual home navy blues and road whites.