Just three weeks after they revealed their new name, logos and uniforms, the Washington Commanders have made a slight but significant change to their secondary mark to accurately reflect the seasons they won the Super Bowl.
The initial logo had correct years for the franchise’s NFL championships in 1937 and 1942, as those games were played in December, but listed their wins in Super Bowl XVII, XXII and XXVI as 1983, 1988 and 1992, representing the date in January those games were played rather than the season itself.
Of course, nobody refers to championship seasons in that manner, and that led to an outcry from fans and historians alike.
The team reportedly attempted to change the years to the aforementioned Roman numerals as a result, but the NFL denied the request on the basis of holding copyrights to Roman numerals used as Super Bowl identifiers. That’s when they decided to simply change the years.
Washington’s secondary logo has several notable details, including the Commanders wordmark in the middle, the year the franchise was founded (1932) in the top left and bottom right quadrants, the team’s primary logo on the top right and three stars from the Washington D.C. flag on the bottom left.
With “Washington Football” written across the top and the championship years around the bottom, the logo – or crest, as the Commanders call it – is complete with a gold ring to “represent unity and encapsulates all elements of the brand identity.”
This mark appears on the back collar of Washington’s new home burgundy and white road jerseys, and will need to be changed on their uniforms and all retail merchandise. The logo on the left sleeve of the new black alternate jersey will remain the same, meanwhile, as it is a simplified two-color version of the secondary mark that does not include “Washington Football” or the championship years.
“We have begun the process of updating our crest online and with vendors,” the Commanders said in a statement on Tuesday. “For fans that have pre-ordered a jersey, the jersey will feature the updated crest and will begin shipping by early July. Licensees are in the process of creating new merchandise with the revised crest and the new merchandise will be in market as soon as possible.”
Photo courtesy of the Washington Commanders.