Packers will use third jersey in 2010; unveiling Friday

Could Aaron Rodgers be sporting a similar uniform next season? (Ben Liebenberg/

The Packers are second to none when it comes to NFL tradition. They have won the most NFL titles, play in what has to be considered the league’s mecca — Lambeau Field — and you can tailgate in somebody’s front yard before the game.

And maybe more importantly, the uniforms that Vince Lombardi’s Packers wore when they ruled the NFL in the 1960s are the same as the uniforms the team currently wears. (Except for maybe the long sleeves). NFL teams seemingly change uniforms more often than they change water boys, but the Packers’ look has endured for generations. From Bart Starr to Aaron Rodgers, or Ray Nitschke to Clay Matthews, the green-and-gold of the Packers has lived on.

So you can imagine some trepidation when the Packers announced that they would add a third jersey for the 2010 season.

But don’t fret. President/CEO Mark Murphy says the Packers are going old school with the third jersey.

“Some teams use different colors, like the Bears have had an orange jersey, but for us what really makes sense is to have a historical jersey and uniform,” Murphy said, according to the team’s Web site. “What’s exciting about this is it’s so different. The colors are different, and I think our fans will really enjoy this.”

Expect the Packers to unveil a navy blue jersey similar to the 1920s version at the team’s fan fest Friday. But the leather helmet and “Acme Packers” lettering on the front? Not so much.

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