— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 14, 2022
The Browns, via the tweet shown above, announced today that they’ll be swapping out their usual brown facemasks for white ones this Saturday, when they host the Ravens.
According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, the Browns first wore white masks in 1975 and continued wearing them through 2005. They then switched to grey masks in 2006, and changed again to brown in 2015, which they’ve continued to wear since then (notwithstanding a few grey-masked throwback games to mark the franchise’s 75th anniversary last season). So this Saturday will mark the team’s first white-masked game in 17 years.
In addition to the white masks, the Browns will be pairing their brown jerseys with their orange pants on Saturday, creating a very Brian Sipe-esque look (although I don’t think anyone will be wearing hip pads like the ones Sipe is sporting in this photo):