The Vikings, as expected, have unveiled a throwback uniform that will be worn for their season opener against the Buccaneers on Sept. 10. Except for one detail, which I’ll get to in a minute, I think they look great!
The throwback draws on designs that the team wore in the 1960s and ’70s. Here are some of the details (including an inaccurate claim that the block numbers are “sans serif”):
The biggest surprise, and a slight disappointment, is that they’re sticking with their primary matte-finish helmet with the lighter shade of purple, instead of creating a more historically accurate glossy helmet with a darker shade:
So the release of this throwback has nothing to do with the lifting of the one-shell rule — they could have worn it anytime over the past decade.
Speaking of the throwback helmet: It will have a grey facemask, a blank nose bumper, and the team’s original horn design, which is ever-so-slightly different than the current horns. Here’s a comparison (the current primary was adopted in 2013):
You can see dozens of photos of the new throwback uniform here:
This is, obviously, a huge improvement over the Vikes’ current uniforms, if only because it doesn’t have the idiotic mismatched number font. Too bad they’re wearing it only once. (Also too bad that Tampa Bay doesn’t have a white-jersey version of the creamsicles to wear for that game!)
Meanwhile: My Uni Watch Premium article on Substack this week will be a deep dive on the original uniforms that inspired this throwback. Like the other deep dives I’ve recently done for the Bucs’ creamsicles, the Eagles’ Kelly greens, the Seahawks’ blue/silver set, and the Oilers’ uniforms, this one will be filled with obscure fun facts and great visuals. It will be published either Wednesday or Thursday. You can receive it in your email in-box (and gain access to my full Substack/Bulletin archives) by becoming a paid subscriber to my Substack. Thanks!
Next up: the Seahawks, who will unveil their new throwback at 11:32am Eastern tomorrow.
Update: There are apparently some rumors about the Vikes adding a white alternate helmet later this season, because the white-over-white combo that they wore for a home game late last season was a hit with fans. If so, that would explain why they kept the matte helmet for the throwback, thereby retaining the option for a different helmet shell.
But there’s a catch: Alternate helmets can supposedly be worn only with alternate uniforms, and white/white isn’t an alternate combo for the Vikings — they wear it on the road all the time, and it’s just their standard white jersey and white pants. But the NFL often seems to bend these sorts of rules, so we’ll see.