Philadelphia Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie announced during his press conference at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday afternoon that the franchise will bring back its Kelly green throwback uniforms as an alternate option beginning with the 2023 season.
“It’s what our fans have wanted, it’s what we have wanted,” Lurie said. “We’re going to be able to introduce that for that season and it’s going to be – if you all remember the ‘90s and the ‘80s with Randall (Cunningham) and Reggie (White) and Jerome (Brown) and Seth (Joyner) and Clyde (Simmons) and everybody – it’s going to be that uniform and it’s going to be as identical to what that existed as possible.”
Just like the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who both announced in February their plans to revive their fan-favorite throwback uniforms, the Eagles won’t be able to wear them this fall due to global supply chain issues.
Philadelphia is also running into a familiar situation when it comes to the productions of the uniforms, as you may recall the team didn’t wear its midnight green home jerseys until Week 12 of the 2014 season, as Nike struggled to make the correct shade of green on its Elite 51 template.
“I wish we could deliver it right away, but it takes about a two-year process,” Lurie said. “With the material that’s going to be utilized in 2023, they don’t have that in their palette. But I can’t wait.”
The Eagles originally wore Kelly green uniforms from 1935 through a modern rebrand in 1996, as well as for the 2010 season opener as a throwback set. The league’s one-helmet rule all but prevented them from making another appearance over the last nine seasons, but that rule was scrapped this offseason.
“We just want all of our fans to know, we’ve listened to you,” Lurie said. “We’ve wanted this from the beginning and 2023 is when we’ll have the introduction of the classic Eagles green, the Kelly green.”
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