Today we are starting a tournament where you can vote for your favorite NFL uniform of all time. We have narrowed the entire panoply of NFL uniform history down to 128 particular uniforms, and each week you can vote on which of two uniforms you like better. We will begin the tournament with four head to head first-round matchups (involving eight teams), and for the next sixteen weeks, each Monday we will unveil a new group to vote on.
We selected 128 random images equally spread among the 32 teams, with some exceptions: Most franchises have four entries, but some newer expansion franchises have less and some teams that have been around longer have a few extra, plus defunct franchises have a few entries as well.
After the first round of voting the winning entries will be seeded 1-64 based on margin of victory and votes received, however entries from the same franchise will be placed in opposite parts of the bracket so that entries from the same team will not face each other until it is impossible to do otherwise.
So here is the first group:
Matchup #1: 1998 Minnesota Vikings (purple/white) vs 1995 Indianapolis Colts (white/blue). This style of Vikings uniform, purple jersey and white pants was worn from their inception in 1961 through the 2005 season. The Colts tried out blue pants with their white jersey for three games in 1995.
Matchup #2: 1972 Miami Dolphins (white) vs 1983 Cleveland Browns (brown/orange). The Dolphins went undefeated in this outfit, which they more or less wore from 1966 through 1979. The Browns wore orange pants from 1975 through 1983, and this combo was their home jersey, although they did wear white at home occasionally during this era.
Matchup #3: 1971 Philadelphia Eagles (green/white helmets) vs 2003 Jacksonville Jaguars (black/black). From 1970 to 73 the Eagles had this forgotten white helmet, and they weren't too good of a team during this era, while the Jaguars had a monochromatic all-black third uniform choice they wore from time to time from 2002 to 2007.
Matchup #4: 1938 Chicago Bears (orange/navy) vs 2001 New England Patriots (blue/silver). This Bears combo from the late 30's was worn from 1934 to 39 on teams that made it to two NFL Championship games, while this Patriots jersey has been worn by teams in the past decade that have won three Super Bowls.
Well, there you have it... Voting will be open on these matchups all week until next Monday when we'll have four more matchups to vote on.