The past two weeks or so have been one of the busiest periods in NFL uniform history, as the lifting of the one-shell rule has led to an avalanche of teams unveiling alternate helmets, throwback uniforms, and so on.
But there’s one place where we won’t be seeing any new uni designs, at least for the foreseeable future: Kansas City.
That news comes from a report on Pro Football Talk, which quotes KC owner Clark Hunt like so:
“It was something that my dad [team founder Lamar Hunt] felt very strongly about, going all the way back to the early ’60s. He wanted a lot of continuity in the uniform and we’ve tried to maintain that over the years. I think we have a very distinct brand with the red and white, and I don’t anticipate steering away from that any time soon.”
The franchise, which began play in 1960 as the Dallas Texans and then moved to Kansas City and changed its team name in 1963, has certainly maintained a fairly consistent aesthetic over the years. Some notes:
- The team’s primary helmets have always been red and stripe-free — and there has never been an alternate helmet.
- Facemasks were grey from 1960 through 1973 and have been white from 1974 to the present.
- Primary jerseys and pants have always been either red or white — and there have never been alternate jerseys or pants.
- KC’s Color Rush uniform was just the standard red jersey paired with the standard red pants — a combo that that the team had already worn once or twice per year for the previous few seasons. In other words, they didn’t change or add anything for Color Rush. Not even a red facemask!
- The team has occasionally worn Dallas Texans throwbacks — which look very similar to the standard KC uniforms.
Add it all up and you have a team that clearly values staying the course over changing things up. So when Clark Hunt says they have no alternate uniforms on the horizon, I think we can believe him.
(My thanks to Phil for bringing the Pro Football Talk report to my attention.)