Green Bay Packers Uniform History

⇐ 1921-22


Plain, gold jersey with nine thin navy-blue stripes on each sleeve; gold leggings, dark gold pants.


First recorded uniform numbers; dark gold shirts with wide navy-blue strip covering shoulder and collar, cut off at top of each arm; tall, gold leggings; light gold pants.


Elaborate, jockey-like jerseys, with inverted triangle tracing clavicles, and 13 blue and gold vertical stripes from chest to stomach; faded blue canvas pants; gold socks with two blue stripes.

1929-30 ⇒


Totally plain jerseys (dark navy-blue), large white numerals on back; gold pants; plain, dark navy-blue socks. In 1934, the team added to the scheme large, white numerals on the chest.


Team introduced green, and changed jerseys during season; began with plain dark green jersey with gold numbers and green pants, then shifted to green-vested shirts with bright gold sleeves (from neck to wrist), numbers and pants, and tall, plain green socks.

⇐ 1937-48

Throwback jersey worn in 1994, NFL’s 75th anniversary; modeled after late ’30s uniform, satin-chested with cloth arms, gold pants, and two gold stripes on high navy socks; Packers also wore similar white uniforms (not necessarilly only on road), with bright gold numbers and faded gold shoulders; in the late ’40s, the team still used this design.

1939 ⇒

During World War II, the team used three alternate jerseys (these two, and another white design), complementing the trademark blue uniform made famous by the incomparable Don Hutson (pictured in lower left column). The Packers wore white at home several times until the league signed major television contracts in the late 1950s.

⇐ 1946-49w


“We are the Green Bay Packers,” said new coach Gene Ronzani, who solidified green into the color scheme. Old gold shirts with green numerals, green pants with bright gold stripe, gold socks with green stripes. Still used leather helmet.

1951-52 ⇒

Team also employed varying combinations of metallic gold uniform with green numbers, shiny green pants with gold stripe, or metallic gold pants with single green stripe, and green socks with two gold rings. Modern metallic gold helmet introduced.


Brighter green shirts with same striping and thicker gold numbers; team continued to vary its combinations. The Packers also had available a white jersey, saving it mostly for late-season West Coast trips.


Navy-blue jersey, with new three-stripe design in dirty mustard gold on sleeves, socks and helmets, and matching gold pants. For 1956 opener vs. Detroit, Packers break out green jersey with white pants and white helmets, but never wear again until ’58. “TV numbers” on shoulder appear in ’56 for first time. Team used its older green jerseys and gold pants (from the early ’50s) in several road games. In 1957, Packers began consistently wearing white on road, for television.


New coach Scooter McLean brings back same green uniforms used in 1956 opener (white pants, white helmet).


New head coach Vince Lombardi revamps uniforms; basic design and colors (including dark forest green) are still in place today; early Lombardi scheme did not include helmet logo, and called for three-striped design on socks; all players were asked to wear same style cleats. In 1959 road games only, socks above striping were white (tops of socks have been green for all games since ’60).


Few changes, other than the team’s first and only helmet logo, which made its debut in 1961; by 1965, most players were wearing five stripes on their socks.

⇐ 1960s


The Packers, with the rest of the league, wore a commemorative logo on top of their left shoulder, signifying the league’s 50th anniversary.


Conforming with league mandate, the Packers and the rest of the newly merged NFL applied names to the backs of jerseys.


Majority of players began wearing white shoes.


Three stripes (green-white-green) on pants grew noticeably wider, by more than an inch.

1976 ⇒


Helmet facemask changed from gray to green.


Socks lost gold and white striping; shifted to plain, solid green.

⇐ 1984-87

New head coach Forrest Gregg made the most changes to the uniform since Lombardi in 1959; team added logo to float on each sleeve’s striping, uniform numbers to rest on each hip, and altered pants striping to include gold. “TV numbers” moved from arm to shoulder and a gold and white collar-enhanced neckline.


The G remained on the sleeve, but the pants lost the uniform number. The team added a single gold ring to its socks.


Pre-1984 striping (green-white-green) returned to pants; G logo disappeared from sleeves.


Small NFL shield added to V of neck.


Solid green socks returned.


Packers displayed logo marking team’s 75th anniversary, on upper left chest.


Packers displayed logo marking NFL’s 75th anniversary, on upper left chest.

1996 ⇒

⇐ 1997-2001

Team for first time since 1958 played as a unit with only three stripes on sleeve (shifting down from five stripes); NFL shield added to lower left thigh.


“NFL Equipment” insignia replaced the NFL shield on the jersey neck and pants thigh.


“Rebirth of a Legend” patch worn on chest for first game in rededicated Lambeau Field.


“Lambeau Field 50th Anniversary” patch worn on chest for all home games.

2012 ⇒

Art and most research courtesy Maple Leaf Productions, Ltd., and Tom Pigeon