The Ultimate Eagles Uniform Poll


The Eagles begin their 2014 season on Sunday, and almost all topics have been thoroughly discussed, even uniforms, thanks to Nike’s issues with Midnight Green. But there’s always time for more uniform discussion as we count the hours until 1:00 on Sunday.

Below are seven questions all about the Eagles’ uniforms. We all know Kelly Green going to win, but just how overwhelming will it be? Throwbacks? A Nike re-design? Something more subtle? How do you like your helmet wings? It’s all covered below. Any especially strong opinions? Omissions? Suggestions? Find me on Twitter, @dancfuller.

The most important question.

Should the Eagles switch back to Kelly Green? Sure it’s technically not limited to only “Kelly Green or Midnight Green,” they wore blue and yellow in 2007, remember. It could be any other color, but if a change were ever made, of course it would only be to Kelly Green.

Kelly Green or Midnight Green

Who starts in place of Danny Green?

lots more after the jump…

Some quick demographics:

How old are you?

Now some details:

Should the Eagles change their current uniforms?

Assume they’re changing. What type of change should they make?

Current uniforms but swap Kelly Green for Midnight Green.

Kelly Green for Midnight Green

Throwback-Inspired Kelly Green Uniform. Lots of options here: Maybe the clean 1960 design worn once in 2010? What about the Cunningham-era Kelly Green+Silver combo? Stripezilla? See below for more. (I’m glossing over some details here. Look at the Gridiron Uniform Database for the full history.

Kelly Green Uniforms

A slightly modern “freshening.” Think of the Vikings or Dolphins updates in 2013. The Vikings assumed their Arena League 2006-2012 design never happened and pulled off a nice update to their classic look. Little modern touches like matte helmets and asymmetric striping make for a noticeable, yet understated, re-design.

Viking Progression

The “Let Nike Do Whatever They Want” – spacesuits for everyone! Who cares how it’ll look in ten years! Think of the Jaguars, Buccaneers [author’s note: blech and blech], and Seahawks [get rid of the navy blue pants, and I have few complaints. Full disclaimer: I’ve come around on these. Except the blue pants. And the grey alternate.]. And finally, a word of warning: Kyle absolutely wants the Eagles to go this route. Kyle has AWFUL taste. He was the guy who didn’t just learn the Soulja Boy dance in 2007, he showed it off. He blasted “Lollipop [REMIX]” on “Repeat 1” in Ocean City, New Jersey, in his Mazda 6, windows down, white puma hat worn like a mark of pride. “But Lil’ Wayne is SO good. The lyrics are so smart – ‘she want to lick the (w)rapper.'” Shut up, 2008 Kyle. I haven’t used “Repeat 1” since I was 13. Because “Lightning Crashes” was that good, dammit. Kyle discovered he liked pumpkin beer in 2010, like 12 years after Jim tried it ‘before it was popular’ (Jim, amirite?). He buys two cases of Pumking… every July. And his mom “Likes” the picture he posts on Facebook. Every year. Don’t be like Kyle. Anyway, a bunch of fan renderings for Nike-fied Eagles uniforms are below.

not official

Loosely Oregon-inspired
From bkknight95 on the forums.

If they went with something Kelly Green throwback-inspired, which era should they use?

Most fans in my age group think of the Cunningham-era uniforms as the de facto Kelly Green uniform, but there is lots of variety here.

Kelly Green Timeline

80s – Kelly Green, Silver Pants (which Nike probably couldn’t make in their “Elite 51” materials, so they’d actually be grey…)

70s – STRIPEZILLA. (I’m including the white helmet uniform, too, but that’s really a 60s-style uniform worn in the early 70s.)

60s – plain, but clean. (author’s note: add some sleeve stripes and a stroke on the numbers, and we’d be in business). Switch to matte fabrics and a helmet, and it’d have a nice modern touch, too. It’d be Nike’s first attempt at a throwback-inspired modern uniform, similar to what Reebok did with the Bills in 2011. The Eagles looked really good in these throwbacks in 2010. Sure, the Eagles uniform history goes back to the 1930s, but they don’t look like the Eagles until 1954, with 1960 being a good starting point, if only because they’ve already worn them as throwbacks.

What about helmets?

If it’s throwback-“inspired” no one is terribly offended if there’s a mix-and-match of elements from different eras. Look at the Bills. It’s a throwback-ish uniform, but without their retro “standing buffalo” helmet logo.  Which Eagles helmet design would you want?

Current – typical 90s resign with goal of “make it it look 30% meaner;” lots of shading and details on the wings, even two strokes on the border.

80s (really, mid-70s to ’95) – Solid color with strong white stroke to offset the silver from the green. Very nice.

Early 70s – Short-lived white helmet with green wings. Consider a vote for this to be a vote for white helmets.

60s – Solid silver wings, solid green helmet.


Finally, for something unlikely but possible this season:

It seems unlikely that the Eagles will actually be changing anytime soon, so with what they currently have available, do you want to see the Eagles bring out their seemingly retired combinations of all-green and the… unfortunate black over green? The usually preseason-only all-white combination is great, but I like that the Eagles have a “preseason uniform.” It reminds me of the excitement of football starting soon — and the horror of preseason games.

black with green and all-green
Nike could really show off their prowess at Midnight Green color matching by putting the Eagles in green jerseys and pants in week 6.

Thanks for taking the poll, everyone! Let’s Go Eagles!

Just a quick update for those who are reading way down here and are likely interested in such things: The Fleischer Art Memorial is having a seminar on September 10 at 6:00PM about the history of Eagles uniforms from 1933–1993 lead by Peter Capolino, who founded Mitchell & Ness. It’s on 7th and Catharine St in South-ish Philadelphia.


44 Responses

    1. People that prefer kelly green jerseys also…
      – Still wear whitey tighties and wife beaters
      – Walk around in public with bluetooth headsets in their ear
      – Ask people mundane questions that could be correctly answered by a Google search
      – Romance about the scum cement structure that was the Vet
      – Get genuinely offended that someone could possibly be a fan of another NFL team
      – Have stupid tattoos of Philly sports teams

      1. The glen macnow clones that want kelly green back can go fuck themselves. Vince papale loving, juiced up jellybean looking pieces of shit that they are.

        I personally prefer midnight green.

    1. +1 for DS.

      Move on people. Embrace change once in a while. Philly has a general disposition for being miserable and stuck in the past.

      1. A) Embrace change.

        B) Getting back to your roots and tradition, history (good or bad).

        Both are subjective opinions.

        More people want the later.. get over yourself

  1. Lets be real here. Those 80’s throw backs were the best jerseys of the franchise.

    If there was a modern hybrid that updated the materials but kept that look, it would be great.

    I like a nice clean cut design. The Bengals, Oregon ducks, ohio state jerseys are such a fad, look good when they first come out but are ugly as hell in reality. Keep the jersey simple and it will be a timeless classic.

    1. Agree. 100% The current unis are way too late 2000s looking and need a serious update. Bring back kelly green and the full on eagle, not just the screaming eagle head.

  2. 100% “60s – plain, but clean”, but better than the kinda disappointing throwbacks. I agree with modernizing with sleeve stripes and a stroke on the numbers, and absolutely matte fabrics and helmet. Make that with a green-on-white helmet like the Chargers’ ones that pay homage to throwbacks but aren’t throwbacks, and you’re in business. I think that San Diego is the gold standard of redoing a uni based on an older version but not looking like a throwback.

    1. Exactly, having a modern clean cut look based off an older throwback is the best option.

      It establishes a good clean brand.

      Even though most people on here hate Penn State, they do have the best uni’s in College ball. Same clean look year after year. Putting the name on the Jersey was the absolute worst thing they ever did.

      But keeping the same clean looking, distinct, recognizable jersey looks the best.

      People need to remember that anything flashy now, is going to look dated in the future, it isn’t easy to make a jersey that still looks good 3 decades from now.

      1. I think there’s a difference between clean and boring. Penn State is nice but bordering on boring. It doesn’t need to be ‘flashy’, just updated to look modern or contemporary. That’s where the better stroke and things like sleeve stripes that don’t look like an addidas logo come in.

        And by the way, you understand why Penn State added names, right? It was the right thing to do, 100%.

        1. To honor those who decided to stay and give personal recognition?

          Yeah, still wrong.

          It should never be about the name on the back, all that matters is the name on the front.

          It goes against the schools mantra: We are…

          Funny thing about that chant. Many people don’t know the origin. It came from 1947 undefeated team and headed to the Cotton Bowl. The team had two African-American players, Wally Triplett and Dennie Hoggard. SMU wanted no part in this meeting.

          It was at this time “We are Penn State,” came about saying “There will be no meetings.” Penn State refused to leave any of their team members behind. So in retaliation all the Dallas hotels around the Cotton Bowl wouldn’t take the team. So they has to stay at like some naval station pretty far out of the city.


          So really, the school’s mantra is really about the school as a whole. It isn’t individuals, it is about all of US. That extends beyond the athletes on the field but to the students, alumni, professors. We are ALL Penn State.

          So yeah I get it… it was terrible decision

          1. This holier than thou “we are” mantra BS is part of the mentality that allowed a child molesting monster to rampage through State College for decades. Get over yourself.

            You ALL enabled Jerry Sandusky by your logic.

          2. Penn State is forever tarnished and will always now be associated with Sandusky and the administration that protected him.

          3. First of all, in general, eff Penn State and all its bullshit tradition. Your program is not special in any way from the three dozen or so other top tier ‘storied’ programs, and certainly a far cry from the Florida States, Notre Dames, Alabamas, Oklahomas, Ohio States, USCs, Michigans, Texases, and the other actual storied programs of the NCAA. And like it or not, Sandusky drops you several places.

            Second, get over the ‘We Are’ thing. Tons of schools use the ‘We Are’ thing, and, no, they didn’t ‘steal’ it from you. They were smart enough to put two syllables together. And you certainly aren’t even close to the only school with horrible racism-in-the-deep-south stories. And not even close even just at the Cotton Bowl (Seen ‘The Express’?). Name me one school that can’t also say “It isn’t individuals, it is about all of US. That extends beyond the athletes on the field but to the students, alumni, professors. ” You are not goddamn special.

            Thirdly, by your thinking, no sports team anywhere anytime should ever have their names on the back. Guess what… it can most certainly be about the shield on the front while still acknowledging the name on the back. The athletes work hard to get to where they are. They work hard – individually – so not one goddamn thing wrong with saying ‘Hey. my helmet covers my face, so on the back of my TEAM’S uni, here’s who I am. I am part of a team, a team made up of individuals specifically chosen to be many parts of a whole. I worked hard to get here. This is my name and I’m proud to be a [insert team name here], one of many towards one goal, out of many one.’ Maybe you, sir, have never been part of a team, or at least one strong enough to acknowledge the individuals that comprise it.

            Welcome to 2014, grampa.


          4. I hear what your saying.

            But again, it is an opinion. The vast majority of past players are proud of the tradition to not have a name on their back.

            These are still students with incredible talent though. They are not paid professionals. Why should they have their name on the back of the jersey, they are playing for the school as a student athlete.

            I get that the NCAA is terrible and that these school make money off these students. All things wrong with modern college sports. (Reality is that many D1 football programs revenue is used to fund all the other athletic programs, but again, completely different argument).

            People want to hate Penn State and crap on the program.. Doesn’t bother me. You have a right to your own opinion. You don’t stand a chance in changing MY opinion but you I am not offended by your opinion.

            (Fact is that Penn State had more undefeated seasons that ND and have winning all time record against them, ND, the most overrated program in the history of sports)

            But back to the names on the jersey, unless you personally have spoken with people who played for Joe and had conversations with McGloin who got his name on a jersey, it is hard for you to have the same perspective as I do.

            So whatever. You have your opinion, I have mine and we are both not objective in this conversation. From the outside looking in, I get your perspective and respect it, but I just don’t think you can grasp mine.

  3. The uniform should be the one Vick is wearing at the top of the page…simple and stylish in the kelly green.

    1. The 70’s kelly green yes..

      60’s 80’s, no

      and this is different than the colts, giants, cowboys?

      bucks, cards, falcons?

      vikings ravens?

      1. We need to hear what the Dodger fan from Chicago who wants to play college ball in New England Mone Davis thinks about everything in Philly.

  4. I like the ones Randall has on above, from the 80’s. It’s basically the 60’s design with an addition of an eagle silhouette on the sleeve.

    The ones from bkknight95 are TERRIBLE.

  5. Jon Marks just said on the radio, “the Eagles need to bring the Kelly Green back full time.”

    Jon Marks

    Rob Ellis

    Anthony Gargano

    Kyle Scott.

    Kelly Green is the unamimous choice of the Philly sports douchebag.

    1. I didn’t realize that we conquered and solved huge issues local and global issues like poverty, obesity, climate change, drug addiction, domestic violence, education reform, religious extremism, etc. to give us the luxury of debating the color of the jersey worn by one specific regional pro sports team.

      It’s pathetic that people care this much about the color of a damn jersey. The Eagles could wear hot pink jerseys with care bare logos for all I care. I just want to see our local NFL systematically beat down on the other 31 teams in the league.

      I will end my rant right here, because this rant could keep going for longer then any of you would be willing to read.

  6. its more than just the green shade though. the accent colors are very important. i prefer the randall/reggie era not just because of the green but also the silver and white. loved the green jersey with the silver pants. thats my pick.

  7. My favorite uniform is when they wear the White Jerseys with the Green Pants.I actually do like the Black Jerseys/Green Pants Combo.I also think they should have a combination of the Green Jerseys with Black Pants with the stripe design like they have on the green pants except substitute the black stripe for a green one.

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