The Seattle Seahawks ushered in the era of monochrome NFL uniforms when they began wearing blue jerseys over blue pants in 2002. It’s didn’t take long for many teams to copy the look. It appears that the Seahawks will remain uniform innovators, at least for the foreseeable future. Team president Peter McLoughlin said in a recent interview that the Seahawks are the first team to sit down with Nike, the NFL’s new uniform supplier starting in 2012, and talk about redesigning their uniforms.
“It’s an exciting time,” McLoughlin said during an interview on Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle. “There will be no changes for ’11, for the upcoming season. 2011 is the final year for the Reebok deal with the NFL, and starting in 2012 we’re going to be going with a Nike jersey and a Nike design.”
“We’re looking at all kinds of new designs, and new kinds of jerseys, and we’re talking about a throwback for sure,” McLoughlin added.
McLoughlin later clarified that fans should not expect a new logo or an entirely new color scheme, but that the Seahawks are still working with Nike to see “what it’s all going to look like.”
The Seahawks unveiled their current uniforms in 2002. Previously, the team had worn silver helmets and pants with blue and white jerseys.
Initially, the Seahawks planned to wear their blue jerseys over white pants at home and their white jerseys over blue pants on the road. It didn’t take long before the team experimented by wearing blue jerseys with blue pants and the look was tremendously popular amongst players and fans alike. The Seahawks have continued to wear the monochrome uniform combination for most home games.
In 2009, the Seahawks debuted a lime green alternate jersey. The look was almost universally panned as being one of the ugliest in NFL history and the team quickly (and quietly) decided to retire the bright green monstrosities.
After the jump, we’ll take a look at some recent fan designs for the Seattle Seahawks. The designs will be borrowed from the Chris Creamer Sports Logo Community, the best site on the Internet for sports uniform lovers. If you like the uniform concepts below, please visit the CCSLC.
Now, on to the concepts for new Seattle Seahawks uniforms:
Please remember that the following images are fan-created concepts. Nothing official has been unveiled yet. These are simply to give you an idea of what the new Seahawks uniforms might look like.
First up, we have this excellent concept by CCSLC user lafarge. It brings back the silver helmets and pants and eliminate the multiple shades of blue that the Seahawks currently use.
Next, we have raysox‘s take. Note the “winged” shoulders, which were included in many of the Pro Combat uniforms that Nike designed for college football teams this past season (such as Florida).
This is bigdub81′s extremely professional proposal. You’ll notice more than a hint of the classic Seahawks uniforms in this design.
Next up vmd9′s rendering of what the new uniforms might look like. Like many concept artists, he decided to keep the lime green jersey as part of the set.
This next concept is the work of a CCSLC member called buckeye. Note the redesigned helmet with larger eyes. The unique number font is also a nice touch. The Seahawks have always used a standard block font for their jersey numbers, but the recent trend in the NFL has been towards custom fonts.
Finally, here’s a concept by a designer who goes by the user name CAB.The design itself if pretty straightforward, but the absence of green and the white helmet are two elements that are rarely seen in Seahawks uniform designs.
Feel free to use the comments section below to let us know which of the above designs you like the most. Or, if you’re a budding artist, post your own Seahawks concept.