The Chicago Bears uniform history has mainly remained even-keel over the latter portion of the NFL’s modern era. However, the uniform, much like its rival the Green Bay Packers, has seen more than a few noticeable changes throughout the years. Beginning in 1960, this timeline will document each change the uniform has seen.
The uniforms for the 1960 Bears originated in 1957 – they displayed navy blue helmet shells, white facemasks, blue home jerseys, orange striping, white numbering with orange trim, white pants, navy-orange-navy pants trim, navy socks, orange striping, and black shoes.
The road look contained a white jersey with navy numbers, orange outlines, and three horizontal stripes, two navy and one orange.
Another version of the socks showed white trim outlining the orange striping.
Orange striping containing white outlines became permanent on the socks while a similar pattern matched the sleeves.
Black sleeve bands worn for Willie Gallimore and Bo Farrington.
NOB plates added. White facemasks switch to gray.
Wishbone ‘C’ switches from white to orange with white trim.
White shoes appear.
Black memorial sleeve bands for George Halas Jr.
Facemasks switch to navy.
George Halas Memorial chest patch.
GSH Memorial permanently added to the sleeve striping in blue for the road jerseys and in white for the home jerseys. Blue pants appear for the road look, bearing orange-white-orange trim. White socks featuring navy-orange-navy striping accompanied the blue pants.
Fred Washington Memorial chest patch. Black shoes return. Sleeve striping starts to migrate toward bottom of the jersey.
Mike Singletary tribute chest patch.
White shoes return.
Throwbacks to commemorate the NFL’s 75th Anniversary worn on select weekends.
White pants return to the road look for select games, featuring the white socks with navy and orange striping.
Walter Payton Memorial chest patch.
Black shoes return again.
Final Year at the Original Soldier Field chest patch worn prior to the stadium’s renovation.
Team pairs navy on navy for the first time, along with the white road socks.
First Game in Remodeled Soldier Field chest patch.
Throwback uniforms worn on Thanksgiving Day versus the Cowboys.
New orange alternate jerseys featuring white numbering and blue sleeve striping outlined in white.
White on navy uniform worn in preseason only.
Orange alternate jersey discontinued in favor of throwbacks.
Orange alternate jersey revived.
Throwbacks reappear as third uniform, orange alternates again discarded. TV numbers migrate to the shoulders.
White shoes return.
Color Rush uniform introduced, featuring the primary blue jerseys, blue pants, home socks, and blue shoes.
Orange jerseys return.
You can’t go wrong with the Bears’ look. You honestly can’t. Not in any single generation. However, and this sounds ironic since I am a uniform purist who embraces tradition for the most part – I love the orange alternates. The navy/burnt orange is a perfect color contrast and the burnt orange jerseys promote that – very akin to the improved look for the Denver Broncos when they ditched navy primaries for orange. It works for the Bears, too.
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