On Monday afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers unveiled several small but significant updates to their standard home scarlet and road white jerseys and helmet, “fulfilling years of fan requests to bring back design elements from the historic uniforms made famous during the 1980s and 90s.”
That includes the return of the franchise’s beloved Saloon font below the collar on the front of the jerseys and the rear helmet bumper, as well as the return of three stripes on the sleeves.
The Saloon font was San Francisco’s primary wordmark from 1972-2004, a period that included five Super Bowl victories. It then made an appearance on the road version of the 49ers’ 1994 throwbacks in 2018 and home version that debuted last season.
It has also been used as the team’s end zone font since Week 5 of the 2018 season, when it was supposed to be a one-time occurrence but became a permanent fixture because San Francisco’s grounds crew wanted to preserve the grass.
Meanwhile, the 49ers wore three stripes on their sleeves full-time from 1951 to 2016 before moving to two bars in 2017. This decision was driven by tighter templates, which led to truncated stripes on its Reebok (2009-11) and Nike uniforms (2012-16).
The three stripes were only visible on players who chose to wear longer sleeves instead of skill cuts, which are tighter to the shoulder pads. In those instances, it was just one line above one or two truncated stripes.
We’ll find out when San Francisco’s updated uniforms will make their on-field debut when the NFL reveals its 2022 schedule on May 12.
Photos courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers.