The New York Jets jerseys received a makeover for 2019 and while many have had mixed to negative reviews about the look, I applaud the near-minimalist approach for a look whose only flaw in the primary home and away jersey is the overlarge ‘NEW YORK’ typescript.
Other than the one flaw, the jerseys themselves are solid, minus the black alternate which we’ll get to later today during the latter portion of this article.
Titans of New York (1960-1962)
When the franchise debuted as a chartered member of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960, they were then known as the Titans of New York, citing that Titans were a stronger breed than Giants, the name of the rival NFL’s New York Giants.
The Titans’ colors were navy, gold, and white, featuring a navy blue jersey with gold numbers and white shoulder stripes flanking gold.
The away look consisted of white jerseys with navy numbers and shoulder stripes flanking a single gold stripe.
Note that in 1960, both jerseys lacked the vertical shoulder stripes, instead consisting of a base navy blue and white jersey with numbering at the sleeves. The shade of blue was lighter, as was the shade of gold.
This look held until the team was sold and changed their name to the Jets in 1963.
Joe Namath Era (1963-1976)
The team abandoned the navy and gold in 1963 for kelly green and white, which became the team’s basic color palette in many forms until 1998.
This uniform consisted of kelly green jerseys at home with a white shoulder stripe followed by more green and a widened white stripe containing sleeve numbers.
The light jersey was simply an inverse of the kelly green.
This look remained during the entire Joe Namath era plus one additional year in 1977 when the team’s legendary quarterback played a year in Los Angeles as a member of the Rams.
Kelly Green Era (1978-1997)
The team drastically changed their uniforms in 1978. While sticking with kelly green, they opted for just two sleeve stripes, giving the uniform a simpler look.
Like the previous uniforms, the away look was simply an inverse of the home, featuring kelly green numbers and sleeves.
In 1990, in order to enhance visuals for television viewers, the Jets added black outlines to the numbers and sleeves on both the home and road look.
Updated Throwbacks (1998-2018)
Under the direction of new head coach Bill Parcells, the Jets brought back a uniform resembling the team’s 1963-1977 look, but instead used a shade of hunter green for the jerseys in favor of kelly. These jerseys were near-exact replicas of the Namath Era look except for the color.
The team also brought back their former Titans of New York throwbacks during this time, wearing the look during select weeks until the NFL banned the use of multiple-colored helmets, forcing the Jets to retire the throwback beginning in 2013.
Gotham Green/Sam Darnold Era (2019-Present)
In 2019, the Jets unveiled a new look and new shade of green, called Gotham green, a slightly darker shade than the classic kelly greens. This jersey incorporated the classic white block numbers with black outlines that was featured during the 1990s and the single shoulder stripe is reminiscent of the futuristic jet seen on the team’s helmet between 1978 and 1997.
With a new home and road jersey came the addition of a black alternate, the first of its kind in the team’s 60-year history. The black jersey consists of white numbers with a green outline and green shoulder stripes.
I’m generally a fan of the new look as it sparks a lot of resemblance to my favorite look the team wore through 1997, but then again, green is my favorite color and Gotham green has just dark enough of a shade to pique my interest even more, so I’m giving the new look a ‘yes’ vote.
While I’m not a fan of the black alternates, it’s a look that will rarely be seen unless the team decides to make the mistake of wearing the look exclusively, which I don’t think we’ll see but in the NFL, who knows. I’m just glad to see a bit of a homage paid to the past with a unique, modern twist, sort of like what the Minnesota Vikings did with their own uniform redesign back in 2013.
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