These days, New England Patriots uniforms are one of the most recognizable in sports thanks to the team being one of the most successful franchises in NFL history and winners of five Super Bowls. However, like most franchises, it hasn’t always been this way.
1960 to 1992
In their early years, the Patriots had a much different look. The team’s home jersey was red with white block numbering. On the road, they wore white jerseys with red numbering on the back. The Patriots wore white pants with both jerseys as well as white helmets. Their earliest helmets had the hat logo above the player’s number until the team started using the “Pat Patriots” logo in 1961.
For the first 30 years in the franchise’s history, New England’s uniforms didn’t change much. The team kept using the red uniforms with white numbers or the white uniforms with red numbers. After the 1972 season, the team started to experiment with a blue outline around the numbers and the lettering.
The only noticeable change the team made to their uniform was the addition of stripes. Their first uniforms didn’t have any stripes, but they were added on the shoulder later in the first season. The team used blue and red stripes on the white jerseys and white and blue stripes for the red jerseys.
The Patriots continued the stripe style until 1969, when they decided to include the stripes on the sleeve cuffs. From 1973 to 1984, the stripes were moved over the biceps, but during the team’s 25th anniversary, they decided to put them back on the shoulders, where they remained until 1993.
1993 to 2018
During the 1993 season, new owner James Orthwein decided the team needed a change in uniform, and the uniform underwent a drastic change. The days of the red and white jerseys were over. The new home jerseys were royal blue, while their road jerseys remained white. The team also changes their helmet and dropped the “Pat Patriots” logo in favor of the “Flying Elvis.” They also changed the color of the helmet to silver. The pants worn for both jerseys where silver as well.
In 1994, Bob Kraft bought the Patriots and a year later, made a few changes to the uniforms. Kraft decided to keep the new colors but had the names and numbers on the jersey italicized, and used a pinstripe style on the jerseys.
In 2000, the team’s color was changed once again. This time from royal blue to nautical blue. The team also changed the look of their road uniforms, opting for blue pants with their white jerseys instead of the silver pants they had been wearing. The number on the white jersey was also changed from red to blue.
During the NFL’s 75th anniversary, which was also Kraft’s first year as the team owner, the NFL allowed teams to wear alternate jerseys for three games and the Patriots decided to wear their preseason uniforms from their inaugural season in the league. In 2002, the league allowed teams to have a permanent third jersey they can wear for two games.
The Patriots brought back the “Pat Patriot” helmet as their alternate helmet for a few years, but in 2013, the league banned wearing throwback helmets with alternate uniforms.
New England Patriots Uniforms
New England Patriots Home Uniforms
Home Uniforms: 1995 - 1999
Home Uniforms: 2000 - 2011
Home Uniforms: 2012 - Pres
New England Patriots Road Uniforms
Road Uniforms: 1995 - 1999
Road Uniforms: 2000 - 2011
Road Uniforms: 2012 - Pres
New England Patriots Alternate Uniform
Alternate Uniforms: 2003 - 2006
New England Patriots Helmets
Helmets: 1961 - 1964
Helmets: 1965 - 1970
Helmets: 1971 - 1981
Helmets: 1982 - 1990
Helmets: 1991 - 1992
Helmets: 1994 - 1999
Helmets: 2000 - Pres