The New England Patriots‘ logo history begins with the team’s founding in 1960 when they were members of the AFL. Like many newer teams (founded in or after 1960) the Patriots have only seen a few primary logos and one major logo change that occurred in 1993. Other than the sole change the Patriots have only updated the logo details and colors.
This brief article displays the Patriots’ logos from their inception in 1960 all the way through to the present day from their primary, secondary, and special/anniversary logos.
The Patriots debuted in 1960 and while their helmet logo consisted of a tricorne hat complete with their uniform number under it, their primary logo consisted of Pat Patriot, which first appeared in a New England-based newspaper. This version of Pat Patriot was a little different from its successors, which I’ve always liked to call Zombie or Possessed Pat Patriot due to his someone maniacal facial features but hey, it’s the 1960s.
Anyway, Possessed Pat remained as the team’s primary logo until 1972 when they upgraded the logo. The new Pat Patriot now had actual flesh-colored skin, and his attire was updated to a lighter shade of royal blue and darker shades of red. Also gone was the grass behind and in front of him.
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In 1989, the logo underwent a minor change as the team removed the flesh color from his skin once more, however, his facial expression remained the same.
Also, in 1979, the Patriots proposed to use a new logo to replace Pat Patriot that was most likely to begin with the 1980 NFL Season. The logo in question bears a strong resemblance to the Flying Elvis design we see today. The Patriots all but had their minds made up about the logo but wished to first put it to a fan vote. Whichever logo pertained more to the fans would be the one chosen. The proposed logo, obviously, lost out to Pat Patriot and he lived to see another decade.
In 1993, the Patriots did make the switch to Pat Patriot and those who helped design the unused 1979 logo noticed immediately of the similarities between the proposed logo a decade and a half ago and the new logo which is known as Flying Elvis.
Elvis introduced silver to the Patriots’ uniform palette, much like his proposed predecessor, and in 2000 received a modest upgrade when the Patriots updated their shade of blue from royal blue to navy and the logo has remained the same ever since.
The Patriots have used a few alternate/secondary logos, but most of which appear to be wordmarks. The team’s first alternate logo appeared in 1960 with the tricorne hat and the team’s wordmark under it. In 1961, a football depicting the name ‘Boston Patriots’ flanked Pat Patriot and in 1969, Pat Patriot appeared in a white shield with the Boston Patriots wordmark written above it.
The final two secondary logos appeared in 1993, which bore the Patriots’ wordmark in cursive lettering with Flying Elvis at the upper right-hand corner. In 2000, this logo was darkened and lasted another decade before the team disbanded it at the end of the 2012 season.
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The Patriots also wore a number of anniversary logos, starting in 1984 with a 25th-anniversary patch to celebrate the team’s, and the AFL’s, 25th anniversary. They unveiled a second-anniversary logo in 2005, which depicted Pat Patriot and commemorated the 20th anniversary of the team’s first AFC Championship. Finally, they unveiled a 50th-anniversary logo in 2009.
Also in 2000, the Patriots have used a miscellaneous logo depicting an italic ‘NE’ with Elvis’ head jetting from the top left corner of the logo. This logo has been used sparingly since 2000.
Can we please bring back Pat Patriot?
There’s some good news on this front as despite the Pats’ latest barbaric uniform failure, the NFL is looking to cease the one-helmet rule come 2021, which allows for teams to wear multiple helmets during the season. Of course, this brings back some throwbacks and it’ll be a treat to watch Pat Patriot grace the field once more.
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So, as of right now the Pats have one of the worst logos and definitely the worst uniform in football, but hey, if Pat Patriot can make his return at least the Pats will look halfway decent in 2021. Let’s hope they nix the role and bring Pat Patriot back on a part-time basis.