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Saturday open thread: Which Lions uniform would you bring back?

A look at some of Detroit’s best threads on the gridiron.

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News of the San Francisco 49ers bringing back their uniforms from the 1994 season was widely well-received and popular amongst your sundry social media apps on Thursday.

The Detroit Lions’ opponent in Week 1, the 49ers unfortunately won’t be sporting these throwbacks in their matchup, but it did get me thinking about today’s question of the day...

Which Lions uniform would you bring back?

Firmly entrenched in the doldrums of the offseason, the discourse around this football team has run the gamut. From cornerback battles to shaking out the depth chart at wide receiver, nearly every rock has been turned in an effort to unearth some undiscovered nugget worth some conversation.

Lions team president and CEO Rod Wood mentioned earlier this offseason that he had given thought to new uniforms, something Detroit is eligible to start putting together ahead of the 2022 season.

Here are the top three throwback options I’d like for the Lions to consider bringing back into rotation when they get the chance.

1. 1999 home uniforms

Terry Fair #23

The absolute peak Lions uniform and one of my favorite sets of uniforms in all sports. From the Honolulu blue to the use of silver to the bold contrast and pop that the white provides. A shining example of how even a subtle trim can go a long way on a jersey.

Also, this was when the Lions' numbers finally made their way to the shoulders from the sleeves and we’re all better for it.

2. 1998 white top, blue bottoms

Robert Porcher

One of the most popular and fan-favorite looks in Lions lore and for good reason: it stands out. There’s no more stark contrast that you could create with the Lions' color scheme than this combination. The blue numbers explode right off the player’s chest. The use of silver as the buffer color on the pants in coordination with the helmet goes to show how well the color works as a subtlety.

3. 1994 throwback (75th NFL anniversary)

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The Lions came extremely close to replicating this uniform in their latest cycle of uniforms, but there’s a small difference that results in a different look: the blue facemask. Detroit’s also eligible to add an alternate helmet to the rotation and bring back the blue facemask with the silver helmet really help tie this all together.

There’s something about the way these uniforms lean all the way into silver as the color to run right up against the blue as it alternates up and down the look. Worn as part of the NFL’s 75th anniversary, the jerseys are replicas of the set worn when the Lions won their first championship in 1935.

What I appreciate most about these uniforms is there’s no doubting these are throwbacks, but they’re not ridiculously hideous like Green Bay’s 1929 throwbacks or just plain ridiculous like Pittsburgh’s bumblebee uniforms.

Your turn.

Poll

Which Lions uniform would you bring back?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    1999 home uniforms
    (458 votes)
  • 16%
    1998 white tops, blue bottoms
    (204 votes)
  • 34%
    1994 throwback (75th NFL anniversary)
    (417 votes)
  • 11%
    Other (drop a line in the comments below)
    (137 votes)
1216 votes total Vote Now