We’ve known for a while now that the Eagles will finally be bringing back their Kelly green throwbacks this season. Although the team hasn’t yet officially unveiled the throwbacks, or even announced the date(s) when they’ll be worn, a retail leak has now provided our first look at the throwback jersey.
Here are some additional photos:
The Eagles wore Kelly green for a long time — from 1935 through 1995 — but the leaked jersey appears to be based on the one that the team wore from 1985 through ’95. That’s the Randall Cunningham era:
The Eagles switched from Kelly green to their current midnight green in 1996, reportedly because owner Jeffrey Lurie’s wife preferred the darker shade. The team has worn Kelly throwbacks once since then, for a 2010 game against the Packers, but that design was based on the team’s 1960 uniform, not the Cunningham-era design:
The team has wanted to wear a Kelly throwback in recent years but was unable to do so due to the NFL’s one-shell rule. In 2017, they actually proposed that the rule be lifted so that they could proceed with their Kelly plans, but the proposal was not adopted at that time. Now that the rule has finally been lifted, we’ll see the Kellys back on the field this fall.