The New England Patriots are going old school this season. The franchise just announced that they would bring back their old red uniforms and white helmets with the “Pat Patriot” logo at some point in 2022.
The Pats made the announcement via video shot in the style of the popular movie franchise Back to the Future.
“Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me the red uniforms are back?” wrote the Patriots’ social media team in the caption.
This may come as a surprise for some people, but red was the dominant color for the New England Patriots until the early 90s. Change of ownership in 1993 resulted in a look overhaul that included adopting the royal blue as the team’s home jersey color. Navy blue and silver followed in 2000, while white kept its place as dominant for the away jersey. Finally, the team adopted the “Color Rush” edition of their jersey as the primary uniform starting in 2019.
This won’t be the first time the Pats did the red uniform since changing colors. The team wore them occasionally since 1994, with the last time being in 2012 in a game against the New York Jets. After that, the league imposed the one-helmet rule, and New England decided not to mix red uniforms with their standard silver helmets. The rule was abolished last year.
“We wanted to stay pure to that original throwback, and so that’s why we waited and kept lobbying the league to change it back,” said the Patriots on the team’s official website.