Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay doesn’t anticipate a new cheap jersey or logo change for the team when it moves into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017, but McKay would like to see the cheap throwback jerseys dusted off a couple of times a year.
McKay brought up the topic after the media toured the $1.5 billion venue Thursday.
“We’ve worn throwbacks for a number of years, (but) when we weren’t allowed to wear the red helmets (2013), then we have not worn throwbacks (since then),” McKay explained. “We’re going to go back and find ways and put our throwbacks on. As you’ve seen them potentially with the black helmet, we’re going to try and get that back in our routine.”
So does that mean the possibility of all-black jerseys?
“We haven’t decided yet,” McKay said. “We have many options. We can go black with white pants. We can do whatever. But we’ll go back and we’ll use the old logo. We like to celebrate history. And our players like it.”
McKay sees it as a positive way to appeal to the players and fans heading into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“Absolutely,” McKay said. “I love the old ’66 ones we wore with the red helmet. I thought that was a really cool look. But I think anytime you wear a throwback, it just brings back … you’ve got a lot of your fan base that you know, those were their teams. We want to honor those teams. One way to do it is to wear their cheap NFL jerseys. I like it. I like the concept.”
During the Falcons’ inaugural season in 1966, they wore black jerseys with white numbers and red trim at home with a white Falcon crest on the sleeves with the red helmets and white pants.
A new logo was introduced during the 2003 season. The all-black jerseys with the new logo were worn between 2003 and 2008. Then the red jerseys became the preferred home jerseys in 2004, while black became the third alternate jersey.
In 2009, the Falcons unveiled the throwback 1966 jerseys in Week 2 against Carolina in honor of franchise’s first team. They went 2-0 in those jerseys that season, defeating the Panthers (28-20) and Buccaneers (20-17) at the Georgia Dome.
Then in 2013, the NFL established a rule that required teams to wear the normal helmet along with the throwback jerseys, thus keeping the Falcons from wearing the throwback red helmet.