Following a string of tweets that – using the first word from each – spelled out “TEAL IS PRIMARY” and an additional tweet asking for 21,000 retweets to make it happen, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced this week they’ll wear teal jerseys as their primary uniform option moving forward.
“We’ve heard the fans loud and clear,” equipment manager Jimmy Luck said in a statement. “As the only team in the NFL that wears teal, we know what this color means to our organization, the 904 (area code) and our entire fanbase. Teal inspires great memories of some of our franchise’s greatest moments. Making the switch to teal as our primary uniform color allows us to celebrate that history while kicking off a new era of Jaguars football.”
Jacksonville wore teal jerseys at home from the franchise’s inception in 1995 through Week 4 of the 2012 season, when owner Shad Khan announced the alternate black jerseys would become the Jaguars’ primary look and that they would only wear teal on special occasions as a nod to former running back Fred Taylor and other players who wore teal jerseys in the past.
The black jerseys remained Jacksonville’s primary home look through a pair of redesigns in 2013 and 2018, with teal jerseys making just one appearance under the first redesign as they took a back seat to an all-gold Color Rush uniform. The teal jerseys have been used far more frequently under the more recent redesign, though, which included teal pants, as well.
In fact, since 2018, Jacksonville has worn teal jerseys 13 times, including the preseason. The Jaguars have also donned teal pants on seven occasions, including with the black home, white road and teal alternate jerseys.
Jacksonville is a league-worst 40-103 since making the change to black jerseys as their primary home option. The Jaguars recently hired former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and are widely expected to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick, though, and bringing teal back as the primary look is one way to signal the new era – especially since NFL rules prevents them from making any significant changes until after the 2022 season.
Photos courtesy of @Jaguars on Twitter.