The Baltimore Ravens uniform hasn’t seen change in recent years, but it doesn’t mean the look wasn’t drastically different once upon a time. Just check out the image here and you’ll see for yourself when the team entered the league, it featured a unique look.
The Ravens were the first team to regularly wear darker complected pants with their dark jerseys, something rarely seen in the NFL to that point, though the trend would popularize itself in the 2000s.
So, let’s get started with my little timeline here featuring the uniforms of the Baltimore Ravens.
When the team entered the league in 1996 the home look consisted of a purple jersey, white numbering with a gold outline, shoulder numbers, a black collar, white nameplates, a raven at the sleeves, black pants with a large, white stripe down the center, a secondary logo on the right-hand side, and socks with a black-purple-black striping pattern, black helmet shells, and a logo depicting a gold shield with the letter ‘B’ in the center, and black raven wings.
The road look featured white jerseys, purple numbers with black outlines, shoulder numbers, a raven logo at the sleeves, the same pants as the home look, the same helmet, and a black-white-black sock pattern.
The Ravens changed their numbering font which now featured gold outlines and black drop shadow on both the home and road look. New black pants for the road uniform, which now consisted of a single purple stripe along with the secondary logo. White pants went with the home, with black-purple-black trim and the same logo.
The Ravens used the same pants and socks for the road look as depicted on the home look.
Due to a lawsuit, the Ravens were forced to drop the original helmet logo and adopt the purple bird’s-head logo, which remains to this day.
The team added a Super Bowl XXXV patch during the game. Also in 2000, the team replaced the secondary raven in flight logo on the sleeves with the shield logo featuring elements from the Maryland flag formerly on the pants. The new logo on the pants now depicted an italicized gold ‘B’.
As with much of the NFL during the era, the Ravens introduced black alternate jerseys, featuring a purple collar, gold and purple outlines on the number, and purple sleeve bases. Also, introduced were plain, black pants which included the ‘B’ logo seen on the white. Solid black socks were also introduced.
The Ravens added a 10th-anniversary patch to commemorate their controversial founding. The team started wearing solid black socks full-time.
The team switched from white to black shoes.
The Ravens switched to wearing black pants full-time with their white jerseys, only donning white-on-white in preseason. They also paired alternate black jerseys with white pants for the first time.
The Ravens reverted to wearing white-on-white on a part-time basis.
The purple jersey on black pants appeared for the first time since 1996. The team also began wearing six different uniform combinations.
The team wore a patch honoring former controversial owner, Art Modell due to his death beginning in Week 2. Minor changes were made to the uniform’s collar due to the NFL switching over to Nike as the permanent manufacturer. The team also donned a Super Bowl XLVII patch in the Super Bowl.
The team wore a 20th season patch to commemorate Modell’s hijacking of the Browns’ franchise to Baltimore. The team also busted out infamous gold pants for the game, which featured the same markings as the team’s white pants. The pants were retired after the game.
With the advent of the NFL Color Rush, the Ravens busted out an all-purple combination, featuring a purple jersey, gold numbers, white outlines, and black drop shadow. The purple pants consisted of a white-gold-white stripe combination along with the stylized ‘B’ logo. Purple socks also came with the uniform.
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Ravens’ home uniform in 2006.
2006 road uniforms.
Purple on black combo in 2012.