The Detroit Lions today announced a series of initiatives connected to the team’s upcoming 90th season, including the unveiling of a new patch that will be worn on the team’s jerseys.
The patch design, shown above, is based on the team’s primary logo from the 1960s, featuring a prowling lion and two vertical bars:
This will be the fourth anniversary/ordinal patch in Lions history. The previous three were worn in 1983 (50th season), 1993 (60th season), and 2008 (75th season), as seen here:
A fuller view of the new patch shows that the Lions will also be using a new jersey template this season:
It remains to be seen how many other NFL teams will be using this new template — stay tuned.
The Lions were founded in 1930 as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans but moved to Detroit and became the Lions in 1934. So while this will be the Lions’ 90th season, it will be the franchise’s 94th season. You can see their uniform history here.
The one real downer to this announcement is that they showcased the new patch on the team’s grey jersey, which is one of the worst jerseys in the entire league — ugh.