25 Classic NFL Uniforms from the Past 50 Years

nfl g elway11 576 560x315Lawrence Taylor, Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Dan Marino, and John Elway are some of the greatest NFL players ever. They all worked hard throughout their entire career and some of them even reaped the benefits of all of the hard work with a Super Bowl ring, or more.

It was beautiful to watch them play. They were like actors in a play performing at their best every time they stepped onto the football field. From the amazing passes in the back of the end zone to the hard-hitting linebackers that scared the crap out of their opponents, what good is a performance without an amazing wardrobe?

Color Rush 560x109The uniforms worn by these players were some of the coolest ever worn in the history of the NFL. Not once did they wear something called, “Color Rush.” There are so many more classic uniforms over the past 50 years that can only be described as bad ass, and below we’ve assembled our Top 25…

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1998-2013

49. 1998 Buccaneers 560x371

24. Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 2002-2006

44. 2003 Jaguars e1473886437333 560x357

23. Denver Broncos

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1997 – 2008

41. 1999 Broncos e1473886465986 560x450

22. Minnesota Vikings

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1996 – 2005

39. 1998 Vikings 560x373


21. Arizona Cardinals

  • Version: Alternate – Black Jersey
  • Years: 2010 – Present

37. 2010 Cardinals e1473959071869 560x588

20. Philadelphia Eagles

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1970 – 1973

36. 1970 Eagles 560x388


19. Detroit Lions

  • Version: 75th Anniversary Throwback Edition
  • Year: 1994

32. 1994 Lions e1473959026686

18. Atlanta Falcons

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1990 – 2002

29. 1991 Falcons e1473959005533 560x555


17. Seattle Seahawks

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1983 – 2001

26. 1989 Seahawks e1473958963571 560x408

16. New York Giants

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1980 – 1999

20. 1990 Giants e1473958944972 560x302

15. Denver Broncos

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1974 – 1993
  • Level of Greatness: The Broncos looked good during Super Bowl 50 and the two they won before that, when John Elway was around. However, they have never won a Super Bowl with the classic uniforms so maybe it was a good thing for the team. The orange and blue reminds us of the old days of the NFL, back when players could still hit other players without penalty.

18. 1986 Broncos e1473958918981 560x336

14. New Orleans Saints

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1967 – 1974
  • Level of Greatness: Not much has changed over the years except the colors on the pants and a few style issues with the logo and jersey. But the Saints have never dealt with any drastic changes since 1967, 50 years ago. During that time, until 1974, they added the gold pants to match their black tops.

16. 1972 Saints e1473958895611 560x474

13. Washington Redskins

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1979 – 2013
  • Level of Greatness: We love these uniforms, not for the helmets (yikes!), but for the colors and style. The burgundy and white only work with the gold outline from top to bottom. It is the glue that turns a plain ole uniform into a classic NFL jersey.

15. 1989 Redskins e1473958848928 560x583

12. Miami Dolphins

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1967 – 1972
  • Level of Greatness: There are only a few teams that have kept the same core design over the years. San Diego, Dallas, New Orleans, Minnesota, Atlanta, and Miami are all teams that kept a very similar style since their inception. Miami did manage to get a gritty and more hardcore look back in the 60’s and 70’s. It is not easy to see but the logos on the helmets are nowhere near what the cartoonish style they use today.

14. 1972 Dolphins 560x315

11. New England Patriots

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1961-1992
  • Level of Greatness: Before the Patriots started dominating the NFL behind the duo of Tom Brady and Bill Bellichik, they wore the retro red, white, and blue uniforms that dates back to the second year of the franchise’s existence. The white helmets with the Patriot logo remains one of the greatest team logo’s of any sport, ever. The uniform is ten hundred times better than what they wear today and it could be time to get back to the throwbacks.

2. 1985 Patriots 560x411

10. Houston Oilers

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1983 – 1997
  • Level of Greatness: The Titans have sucked for quite some time. Their uniforms are average at best. But the Houston Oilers, now those were some badass NFL uniforms. What says Texas more than an Oil Derrick?

10. 1987 Oilers e1473958805103 560x436

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1976 – 1996
  • Level of Greatness: Before the copper and red badass Buccaneers jersey’s surfaced in 1997, they rocked the orange creamsicle colors. The logo was simple and detailed in it’s face but the uniform went from fans hating it to everyone loving it. For some reason, these orange uni’s have grown in value over the past few years and is now becoming one of the best ever.

3. 1979 Buccaneers e1473958784903 560x321

8. Oakland Raiders

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1964 – Present
  • Level of Greatness: No one was more feared than the Oakland Raiders opponent’s during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. But then something happened and that fear went away and now the Raiders have been struggling to get above .500 for 12 seasons now. Through all of the desperate times, they still managed to remain loyal to the silver and black that has kept them as one of the NFL’s best uniforms.

9. 1969 Raiders e1473958763387 560x485

7. Buffalo Bills

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1964 – 1973
  • Level of Greatness: Maybe it was a bad idea to show O.J. Simpson here but it remains one of the most basic logos, a plain red buffalo shadow, on a white helmet with blue uniforms. As far as the coloring goes, the NFL needed some and it was the Bills who brought the red and blue to the next level.

8. 1969 Bills 560x388

6. Los Angeles / St.Louis Rams

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1973 – 1999
  • Level of Greatness: We have said simple is as simple does but the Rams yellow and blue uniforms are more than simple, they are basic. Yet, they are the coolest things ever worn in St.Louis or Los Angeles. If only they could find a way to revert back to them, then we could all be happy again.

7. 1999 Rams e1473958712148 560x301

5. Washington Redskins

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1970 – 1971
  • Level of Greatness: Although the Redskins only wore these uniforms for two seasons, they stood out for us because of the lack of the Redskin logo on the helmet. They used a simple R with a feather out the back of it instead of going with their more current, and racist, Redskin on the helmet.

5. 1970 Redskins e1473958688929 560x385

4. Buffalo Bills

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1984 – 2001
  • Level of Greatness: Surprised to see Buffalo in the top five? When we started doing research, the Bills were an easy choice for the list but we didn’t realize just how impressive those blue and red uni’s were during the late 80’s and all throughout their Super Bowl streak. Uniforms these days are trying to add a little too much to them instead of keeping it simple and solid.

6. 1992 Bills e1473958660244 560x396

3. Los Angeles Rams

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1964 – 1972
  • Level of Greatness: Roman Gabriel wore the Rams white and blue uniforms the best back in the late 60’s. He lead the team to 32-7-3 record during a three year span that put them in the NFC playoffs before losing in the first round, twice. Before they changed from white to yellow, the uniforms were worn every game and still look amazing, even in the black and white video replays. These are the most underrated of all the uniforms on the list.

3. 1967 Rams e1473958593845

2. New York Jets

  • Version: Standard
  • Years: 1965 – 1977
  • Level of Greatness: What is not to love about those green meanies? The retro Jets uniforms, shown below, remains one of the top selling throwbacks ever, especially the Joe Namath one. Tune on the TV during a Jets game and notice how many fans are rocking that same classic style. It is the best the team has ever had too.

12. 1976 Jets 560x373

1. San Diego Chargers

  • Version: Throwback
  • Years: 2000, 2002-2006, 2009
  • Level of Greatness: All 32 NFL teams have tried, several times, to produce something for their teams to wear that comes close to what the San Diego Chargers have done with their modernized throwbacks that have become their most requested jersey, and one of the NFL’s most popular jersey. They went back in time to recreate a uniform they wore, once upon a time, using the light blue, lightning bolts, and helmet numbers to perfection.

1. 2004 Chargers e1473958633989 560x410