New York Giants wear throwback uniforms from 1980s-1990s for 2 games in 2022 NFL season – ESPN | WHs Answers

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The New York Giants are bringing back their classic uniforms from the 1980s and 1990s for a pair of legacy games this season.

The jerseys will be modernized versions of what the team wore during the franchise’s first two Super Bowls.

The Giants will wear blue Nike jerseys with white and red trim and a second helmet with “GIANTS” written on the side for home games against the Chicago Bears on October 2 and the Washington Commanders on December 4. Giants will also wear gameday events organized around these classic matchups to celebrate this successful era.

Wednesday’s announcement continues an offseason full of teams adopting new uniforms, a trend that dates back almost two years ago when the NFL changed its rules and allowed teams to adopt a second helmet.

“I get letters from [Giants] Fans all the time on different topics. A lot of them write to me about the uniform,” said co-owner John Mara. “They wanted that uniform to be used again for at least some of our games. It kind of led to that.”

The Giants wore these now-thrown uniforms and helmets from 1980 through 1999 before returning to the interlocking “NY” on the helmet for the 2000 season.

Using the uniforms of the 1980s and ’90s for Legends games was a natural choice as the Giants franchise is still defined by these teams built around a fierce defense created by Hall of Famer linebacker Lawrence Taylor and Coach Bill Parcells is cited. These teams also included all-time favorites like Harry Carson, Phil Simms, Carl Banks, Mark Bavaro, Leonard Marshall and Joe Morris – star players who wore these uniforms and helped the Giants win the Super Bowls after the 1986 and 1990 seasons.

Players like Michael Strahan and Rodney Hampton also wore these jerseys from the early 1990s.

“That era really defined the success of Giants football,” said Pete Gelli, Giants senior vice president and chief commercial officer.

It was a natural fit for the Giants to reintroduce the uniforms, which are immediately available for public purchase, against Chicago and Washington — two classic NFL franchises that are intertwined with the Giants in history. The Giants beat Washington 17-0 in the NFC Championship Game en route to their first championship in Super Bowl XXI. They beat Chicago 31-3 in the divisional round on their way to a Super Bowl XXV triumph over the Buffalo Bills.

“In some of our more successful seasons, they were playoff opponents for us,” Mara said. “I just thought that would be appropriate to bring them out for those games. Washington was obviously in that championship game of ’86. Also played against Chicago in the playoffs [in that era]. Two traditional teams that have been around for a long time. We thought they were the right games.”

The Giants don’t often tinker with their uniforms. They’ve been conservative and traditional about their choice of uniforms over the years, Mara said, and he laughed, thinking of a pitch several years ago with a red-on-red uniform dubbed “The Fireman” combo was designated.

The Giants’ most recent modification was the introduction of a red stripe on their white shorts last season, which Guelli says had “a great response.” They also brought back the “GIANTS” wordmarked helmets for use with their Color Rush uniforms.

Reaching this point was part of a five-year plan Guelli launched when he was hired in 2019. This particular unified project was led by Nilay Shah, Vice President of Digital Marketing. Jackie Miles, Head Equipment Manager, and Doug Murphy, Director of Creative Services were heavily involved, as was ownership.

“We haven’t made many changes in the past and we will always be very strategic about what we do, but this is the second – what I would call a relatively significant change – in the last two years. And I don’t think we’ve made any changes since 2000,” Gelli said. “I think it shows a willingness on our part … and also to nurture history.”

The jersey announcement is in line with the Giants’ desire to stay true to their history. The modernized classic uniform debuting this season includes Giants-specific touches such as the classic red, white and red heritage neckline with “Once a Giant, Always a Giant” embroidered on the inside collar. This phrase, which has become a Giants staple, is strategically placed so players and fans can see it every time they don the jersey.

“Obviously that was my dad’s motto and something he used all the time,” Mara said. “It’s a big part of our tradition and our history. We thought it would be a cool thing to add it there. It’s something we try to live by. It’s a tough business. Players come and go I meet, after their careers are over, always grateful that they were once Giants and are still welcomed here and treated well when they come back. I think that’s an important part of our legacy and our history.

“It’s more than just a motto. It’s something we try to live by.”

For the Giants, who are always looking for possible tweaks, there could be more consistent changes in the future. But for this season at least, they’ll delve into their turbulent history for a new ol’ look.

“I think it’s going to be well received,” Mara said. “It never ceases to amaze me how excited people get at the slightest change you make to your uniform.”

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