The Green Bay Packers will debut a new, historic third jersey this season in Lambeau Field on Oct. 18 against the San Diego Chargers, the team announced Tuesday as it unveiled the new uniform at its Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
The jersey is a re-creation of the team’s uniform from 1937-48, a special time in Packers history in which they won two of their record 13 NFL championships.
The jerseys will be navy blue and gold, the Packers’ predominant color scheme over their first three decades; and their design will include a gold yoke across the shoulders, the distinctive feature of their uniforms from 1937-48.
Completing the historic ensemble will be faded gold pants and high navy socks. It will be similar to the uniforms the Packers wore in 1994 as the NFL celebrated its 75th season in throwback style.
“Our organization has a unique and rich history,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “This uniform is another great way for the Packers and our fans to celebrate and connect with our championship teams.”
The most celebrated star of that period was Don Hutson, who played from 1935-45 and retired owning 19 NFL records. Other Pro Football Hall of Famers who played for the Packers during that time were fullback Clarke Hinkle, Tony Canadeo and Green Bay’s own Arnie Herber.
Those also were the last 13 seasons of Curly Lambeau’s legendary reign in Green Bay. The two championships gave him an NFL record six that was later tied by George Halas, and in 1947, Lambeau became the first coach in NFL history to win 200 regular-season games.
The NFL’s third jersey program permits teams to have a third jersey that they can wear for up to three games per season (no more than two home games) over a five-year period. The Packers’ previous third jersey (worn during the 2010-11, 2013-14 seasons) also was a historic re-creation, celebrating the team’s 1929 season, the year of Green Bay’s first world championship.