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Packers bring back throwbacks, to Aaron Rodgers’ delight

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As throwback uniforms go, the Packers are among the least flattering.

Via Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, they’re coming back for 2013, after a one-year hiatus.  Via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com, quarterback Aaron Rodgers likes that very much.

“The thing I’m most excited about . . . is the throwback uniforms,” Rodgers told Wilde.  “I was a little skeptical when we saw them, before on paper this year, but I love the look, and I love the pants.

“The pants are the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn.  You ask Donald [Driver]. It had something to do with that touchdown [against San Francisco in 2010, a 61-yard catch-and-run].  The greatest play in his career, one of the greatest I’ve ever been a part of.  The pants definitely had something to do with it.  I mean, I don’t know what the other material is.  They’re so comfortable, definitely a lot freer than the yellow ones we wear.”

It’s hard not to wonder whether the photobombing Rodgers is being sarcastic.  Assuming he isn’t, why don’t the Packers make the yellow pants out of the same material they use for the tan pants that go with the blue shirts with the blue numbers trapped in a yellow circle under a helmet that is supposed to be brown but looks like a plum with a facemask attached to it?

Then again, Nike’s arrival as the uniform supplier could make the throwback pants have a very different feel in 2013.

Rodgers and the rest of the Packers will find out on October 20, when the Packers break out the throwbacks for a game against the Browns.

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74 Responses to “Packers bring back throwbacks, to Aaron Rodgers’ delight”
  1. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 7, 2013 10:10 AM

    How can you not love him? I’m so glad we have the best QB in the NFL on our team.

  2. titletownphipsi says: May 7, 2013 10:14 AM

    Awesome!! I love the history and tradition associated with Green Bay, and throwback jerseys are an excellent way to showcase the Packers rich past, having more titles than any other franchise. GO PACK GO!!

  3. jhein23 says: May 7, 2013 10:15 AM

    I hate those uniforms but I do remember that game it was a very fun 1 to watch. That play and the long td catch and run Driver had against the NYG in the 2007-8 championship game are 2 of my favorites from #80.

  4. mvp43 says: May 7, 2013 10:17 AM

    I hope he does ship his pants……..

  5. steviemo says: May 7, 2013 10:21 AM

    Easily my favorite throwback uni, any team. Love the look.

  6. joshmelder says: May 7, 2013 10:22 AM

    It took me a second to get used to the jerseys but when you think about it. They are so fly.

  7. PowerMad says: May 7, 2013 10:23 AM

    They’re more like “throw-up” jerseys. When they lose the game they’re wearing these ugly numbers in, I wonder of AR will then blame the pants because of how much freer he feels in them. LOL

  8. GenXJay says: May 7, 2013 10:25 AM

    Maybe they should have busted them out in the post season against the 9ers.
    Superstitious cheese.
    GB needed all the help they could’ve got.

  9. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 7, 2013 10:38 AM

    Those throwbacks against the Browns? Wow, that could very well be the ugliest game ever.

  10. vikingsnorth says: May 7, 2013 10:40 AM

    Fashionista.

  11. medtxpack says: May 7, 2013 10:43 AM

    It can be kind of difficult to spice up something from 1929, but I like them and Im glad they are wearign them again. 1929 was the Packers first Championship.

  12. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 7, 2013 10:44 AM

    The Packers’ throwbacks are the second-ugliest uniform ever, behind only their current uniform.

  13. inyofaceagain says: May 7, 2013 10:47 AM

    Too bad that O-line is gonna have Rodgers getting sacked the most in the NFL. Like the last 2 seasons. Buluga is their LT now? Lauguable.
    Jared is lickin his chops

  14. padraighansen says: May 7, 2013 10:50 AM

    They need to modify the helmets to be the matte, leather finish.

  15. whatjusthapped says: May 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    The throwbacks are a tribute to their first world championship back in 1929. Now the Vikings are quite willing to don a throwback uniform to commemorate their first championship as soon as they get around to winning one.

  16. titletownphipsi says: May 7, 2013 11:00 AM

    Jared Allen licking his chops? I was unaware that there was anyone on that team with a name other than Adrian Peterson.
    Bulaga is an upgrade from Newhouse you moron. Jared Allen did just average against the crappiest Left Tackle to ever start in the NFL, what is he going to do when he gets someone who doesn’t block like a swinging gate? And this article was about the throwback uniforms that Green Bay will not be wearing against the Vikqueens. Why are you even here?

    Just further proof the Vikings have the dumbest fan base in the NFL, consistently making moronic comments such as that. You guys actually make Cowboy fans seem intelligent, which I must commend you as being an impressive feat.

  17. Little Earthquake says: May 7, 2013 11:02 AM

    They’re not as ugly as the green & gold they use now. And I’m a Packer fan. They should go back to the blue & gold and just tweak it (maybe lose the brown and fix the numbers). Pick a new logo, that G is stupid too. What’s it stand for, just “green”? GB makes more sense.

    There are universal standards for what looks good, and blue and yellow go together far better than green and yellow. Right now the Pack has the worst color scheme in pro sports, and not good/ugly like Cleveland.

  18. iejdaniel says: May 7, 2013 11:04 AM

    Throwback jerseys are a natural for GB, as the area is as backwards as they come.

  19. tokyosandblaster says: May 7, 2013 11:09 AM

    Yeah, little earthquake is not really a packer fan.

    I love how Vikings fans– and remember, the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl– are saying a 70 year old defensive lineman is licking his chops to play the packers this year.

    Allen is on the decline. Peterson won’t get near the yards he did last year. Ponder won’t get near the yards he did last year.

    It’s just so sad when you see your neighbors believing in a team that really doesn’t have any hope to finish higher than .500.

    Packers
    Bears
    Lions-Vikes

    In order of greatness, fan base greatness, and how they’ll finish this year.

  20. titletownphipsi says: May 7, 2013 11:09 AM

    The “G” stands for Greatness. And if you are that finicky about a teams colors, sounds like you need to be watching Grey’s Anatomy not football. Teams don’t wear colors because they are “pretty” they wear them because of tradition. Which is why the uniform has changed very little since the days of Lombardi. It would be a slap in the face of Lombardi and all the great teams that wore Green and Gold to change now.

  21. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 7, 2013 11:17 AM

    No team & I mean no team has uglier difficult to watch throw-back uniforms than the New York Jets – old Titans ones. At least the Packers have some quirky personality to them.

  22. docsweeney says: May 7, 2013 11:20 AM

    Rodgers sounds like George in Seinfeld: “They’re cotton, it’s a breathable material. You feel better, so you play better!”

  23. Norseman says: May 7, 2013 11:20 AM

    Nike had the new pants designed by George Costanza.

  24. filthymcnasty1isadouche says: May 7, 2013 11:26 AM

    Hey titletownpipsqueak,

    Just the fact that Packer fans like the throwback uni is proof of how stupid you are. At least you’re good for a laugh. Cheese hats, the Packerena….good stuff.

  25. vikesallday says: May 7, 2013 11:27 AM

    Like Rodgers would even know it if it was. He’s not even having pants of Adrian Peterson. Besides, it’s not like it. SKOL!

  26. wsperegoiv says: May 7, 2013 11:30 AM

    So you measure a fan base’s intelligence on whether or not they agree with you? hmmm…

    And last time GB wore these unis reebok designed them so I’m guessing Nike will use a different pants material than their competitor Mr. Rodgers.

  27. jhein23 says: May 7, 2013 11:34 AM

    G on the Packers helmet is 1 of the best logos in the NFL – stands for Greatness and is shaped like a football just a little more rounded.

    Packers home uniforms 1 of the most classic in the NFL.

  28. gregm5s7 says: May 7, 2013 11:39 AM

    They beat the Browns on October 20th, they’ll be 3-0 in that uni. I’ll take it!

  29. ejmat2 says: May 7, 2013 11:50 AM

    As a Viking fan, I like the Packer throwback Uniforms. Glad they are going to use them again. The only throw back uniforms I hate are the Broncos and the Steelers. They look like bumble bees. No offense to the Bronco or Steeler fans. I just personally don’t like how they look.

  30. ejmat2 says: May 7, 2013 11:52 AM

    Oh yeah, one more comment. Nothing against most Packer fans but its funny how Tokyosandblaster has more negatives than positives to his comments and he’s in a Packer thread. Tells you something, huh?

  31. firestarter0728 says: May 7, 2013 12:02 PM

    Packers throwback uniforms >>>>> the Vikings new uniforms.

    You all know it’s true.

  32. richiesaurus310 says: May 7, 2013 12:03 PM

    Wow the Packers throwbacks vs the browns regular uni’s? My eyes, my eyes!!!!

  33. themagicfanguy says: May 7, 2013 12:07 PM

    Jared Allen licking his chops? Just like he was before the Pack won the division and knocked the Queens out of the playoffs right?

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: May 7, 2013 12:10 PM

    They needed to do something like this to shake things up. We haven’t won a Superbowl in over 2 years.

  35. sfniners4life says: May 7, 2013 12:11 PM

    Wow, y’all really like them horrible eye sore. Denver’s, jets, and packers throwbacks r right next to the original Tampa uniform as the worst uniforms ever. Niners are going to dominate y’all this year and y’all believe u got the best qb. Lol most over paid is more accurate

  36. inyofaceagain says: May 7, 2013 12:13 PM

    If the Pack were wise they would focus on fixing that awful O-line instead of fashoin

  37. 4gone says: May 7, 2013 12:13 PM

    Sheez. Reading his comments I’m pretty sure the first active NFL player just came out.

  38. zappa69 says: May 7, 2013 12:17 PM

    What an idiot Rogers is to think pants make you better. He should have gone to class when he was in school.

  39. eaglesooneru2 says: May 7, 2013 12:19 PM

    Imagine if the pack had a head coach that wasn’t a total dolt. McCarthy makes obvious bone headed decisions that his team frequently bails him out of. Head scratching stuff

  40. greengaypaqueers says: May 7, 2013 12:20 PM

    Anything is better than urine yellow and puke green.

  41. rasalghoul says: May 7, 2013 12:25 PM

    Those throwback uniforms are the best ones! Would not hurt my feelings one bit if we switched to them permanently. Just out of curiosity : why are Viking fans talking about ANYONE’S uniform? Worry about your own ugly mess. Jared Allen will look like the Kool aid man busting into the backfield next year.

  42. bordner says: May 7, 2013 12:26 PM

    ejmat2 says:
    May 7, 2013 11:52 AM

    Oh yeah, one more comment. Nothing against most Packer fans but its funny how Tokyosandblaster has more negatives than positives to his comments and he’s in a Packer thread. Tells you something, huh?
    ———————————
    It just tells me that Packer threads are full of viking fans.

    As far as the topic – these throwbacks are alright. The Packers uniforms are basically unchanged in the last 50+ years, and the 40+ years or so before that wasn’t really the height of uniform design in the NFL, so they don’t have “classic” throwback like some of the other teams. The current uniform is their classic uniform. And one of the best in the league.

  43. tokyosandblaster says: May 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    The Vikings should make their throwback unis the uniforms from their epic Super Bowl winning season.

  44. filthymcnasty1 says: May 7, 2013 12:30 PM

    If it will make Rodgers happy, I think the Packers should see if they can wear these in their next few Superbowls.

  45. blergy says: May 7, 2013 12:48 PM

    Honestly I don’t think they’re that bad. They’re definitely not my throwback uniforms, which, even as a Packer fan I have to admit, but they’re not anywhere near as bad as people are saying.

    Really, I only don’t like the helmet. The gold and blue look great together, they’re sharp. But yeah, okay, the big brown helmet is kinda lame. Too bad there isn’t a way to do more of a leather or matte look to have it make more sense.

  46. NoHomeTeam says: May 7, 2013 1:17 PM

    Little Earthquake says: There are universal standards for what looks good, and blue and yellow go together far better than green and yellow.

    ***********
    Samuel Allen would like a word with you . . .

  47. Logicalvoice says: May 7, 2013 1:33 PM

    Seeing these throwback uniforms helps me understand why packer backers think the current uniform looks good. Compared to the ugly throwback uniforms anything would look good.

  48. ddjesus says: May 7, 2013 1:34 PM

    Honestly… Packers fan here, but my favorite throwbacks are the AFL Broncos!

  49. 7ransponder says: May 7, 2013 1:38 PM

    Urine and feces colors in the same uniform? Yeah, no thanks – looks like someone lost control of their bowels on a blue carpet.

  50. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 7, 2013 1:45 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 7, 2013 10:44 AM

    The Packers’ throwbacks are the second-ugliest uniform ever, behind only their current uniform.

    ——

    Shouldn’t you be a little more worried about when Cassel will take over for Ponder at QB instead of worrrying about what our throwback jerseys look like?

  51. 27xplayoffs says: May 7, 2013 1:48 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:May 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    The Vikings should make their throwback unis the uniforms from their epic Super Bowl winning season.

    —-

    Shows what you know, we’ve never won the Super Bowl.

  52. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 7, 2013 2:09 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:May 7, 2013 1:45 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 7, 2013 10:44 AM

    The Packers’ throwbacks are the second-ugliest uniform ever, behind only their current uniform.

    ——

    Shouldn’t you be a little more worried about when Cassel will take over for Ponder at QB instead of worrrying about what our throwback jerseys look like?
    _______

    At least you have your priorities straight. While we’re improving our team, you’re changing your laundry. Keep looking back to your glory days, because the future does not look bright for you.

  53. 27xplayoffs says: May 7, 2013 2:22 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 7, 2013 2:09 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:May 7, 2013 1:45 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 7, 2013 10:44 AM

    The Packers’ throwbacks are the second-ugliest uniform ever, behind only their current uniform.

    ——

    Shouldn’t you be a little more worried about when Cassel will take over for Ponder at QB instead of worrrying about what our throwback jerseys look like?
    _______

    At least you have your priorities straight. While we’re improving our team, you’re changing your laundry. Keep looking back to your glory days, because the future does not look bright for you.
    ——

    Not that I want to be seen as defending Carl, but we changed our laundry, too and no longer make our players wear oxfords under their jersey during games….

  54. tokyosandblaster says: May 7, 2013 2:30 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:

    At least you have your priorities straight. While we’re improving our team, you’re changing your laundry. Keep looking back to your glory days, because the future does not look bright for you.

    —–

    I don’t know… The bears and Vikes have an aging defense, the Vikes still have Ponder, the lions are…well…the lions.

    The Packers who the division despite being the most injured team, they get a lot if those injured guys back to full health, and they’ve added some formidable weapons…

    Seems to me–and everyone outside of Minnesota–that the packers future is brighter than anyone’s in the NFC north. Especially since Peterson only has 1 or 2 more years left.

  55. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 7, 2013 2:33 PM

    titletownphipsi says:May 7, 2013 11:09 AM

    The “G” stands for Greatness.

    jhein23 says:May 7, 2013 11:34 AM

    G on the Packers helmet is 1 of the best logos in the NFL – stands for Greatness and is shaped like a football just a little more rounded.
    _______

    If you guys actually believe that, then the G should probably stand for Gullible.

  56. packerfanfordecades says: May 7, 2013 3:28 PM

    I hear a new design for the Minnesota uniform is on the drawing board with a Velcro patch on the jersey under the left arm.

    They’re going to have 11 purple “on the field offensive team tags” and 11 white “on the field defensive team tags” with the hook fabric that sticks to Velcro glued on the back. The coaches will pass around the tags to the men they want on the field for a given play and hook ‘em on to the jerseys. The heads-up rule will be: if you don’t have a tag on your shirt, get off the playing field as fast as you can because you’re probably about to draw a 12th man penalty.

    So, now that they have the punting fixed and a plan in the works to stop the 12 man penalties, the Vikes could be a hard unit to stop this autumn.
    .

  57. deltaoracle says: May 7, 2013 3:52 PM

    The Packer throwbacks aren’t awful; the Bears and Steelers certainly have appeared in much worse. But if they’re going to muck around with a different uni I wish they’d experiment with a true gold color to go with the green.
    Btw, the guy who said a few days ago that Rick Spiel’s comments are usually intelligent owes all PFT readers an apology. Or at least a disclaimer as in “compared to the comments made by the majority of Viking fans.” Mostly he’s just an angry, frustrated, and jealous little annoyance like the rest of ‘em.

  58. obsessedvikingfan says: May 7, 2013 3:57 PM

    I like how the Packer fans count all the NFL championships and say the Vikings haven’t ever won a championship. How about January 4, 1970?

    If you can count all of GB’s, you can count MN’s also.

  59. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 7, 2013 4:15 PM

    packerfanfordecades says:May 7, 2013 3:28 PM

    I hear a new design for the Minnesota uniform is on the drawing board with a Velcro patch on the jersey under the left arm.

    They’re going to have 11 purple “on the field offensive team tags” and 11 white “on the field defensive team tags” with the hook fabric that sticks to Velcro glued on the back. The coaches will pass around the tags to the men they want on the field for a given play and hook ‘em on to the jerseys. The heads-up rule will be: if you don’t have a tag on your shirt, get off the playing field as fast as you can because you’re probably about to draw a 12th man penalty.

    So, now that they have the punting fixed and a plan in the works to stop the 12 man penalties, the Vikes could be a hard unit to stop this autumn.
    _______

    That’s a fresh bit.

  60. gbmickey says: May 7, 2013 4:20 PM

    Championship of what? We are talking NFL championships or Super Bowls. Between posts like this and dogging a throwback jersey from the 20′s while your teams new jersey is a failure is what differentiates a team that is relevant and one trying desperately to get there but continues to come up short.

  61. 7ransponder says: May 7, 2013 4:33 PM

    packerfanfordecades says:
    May 7, 2013 3:28 PM
    I hear a new design for the Minnesota uniform is on the drawing board with a Velcro patch on the jersey under the left arm.

    They’re going to have 11 purple “on the field offensive team tags” and 11 white “on the field defensive team tags” with the hook fabric that sticks to Velcro glued on the back. The coaches will pass around the tags to the men they want on the field for a given play and hook ‘em on to the jerseys. The heads-up rule will be: if you don’t have a tag on your shirt, get off the playing field as fast as you can because you’re probably about to draw a 12th man penalty.

    So, now that they have the punting fixed and a plan in the works to stop the 12 man penalties, the Vikes could be a hard unit to stop this autumn.

    —————————–

    Can’t lie, I laughed. Why can’t there be more Pack fans like you on this site?

  62. 27xplayoffs says: May 7, 2013 4:39 PM

    @obsessedvikingfan

    Yes, we did win the Ed Thorpe Memorial trophy on that day, but we actually lost it so I prefer to not bring that one up…

  63. gbearc says: May 7, 2013 5:03 PM

    Completely disagree, Florio. I love the Packers’ throwbacks. They look like what real football players wear way back when. No shiny metallic pants or glittery helmets. Love them.

  64. bobnelsonjr says: May 7, 2013 5:13 PM

    Of course real 1929 uniforms would be illegal. So you have artificial brown helmets substituting for leather headgear.

    Nobody celebrates their history like the Packers. Good or bad they are open about it. The traditions of the NFL mean a lot in Green Bay.

    In stark contrast no team hides, is embarrassed by, or tells lies to change their history like the viklings.

  65. NoHomeTeam says: May 7, 2013 5:29 PM

    deltaoracle says: The Packer throwbacks aren’t awful; the Bears and Steelers certainly have appeared in much worse. But if they’re going to muck around with a different uni I wish they’d experiment with a true gold color to go with the green.

    ****

    Weren’t there rumors that Holmgren wanted to try something like that when he first got there? I seem to recall reading something like that. Obviously, it never happened, but I’m sure I’ve seen a sketch or rendering. It didn’t look bad — a bit like Notre Dame’s alternate greens.

    It might even have flown back then, but that was before the proliferation of 8,000,000 different cheese-themed memorabilia products colored that yellow.

  66. cornerblitz says: May 7, 2013 5:39 PM

    Ugh. I hate throwbacks altogether. I think it’s a cool novelty once very five years or so. Or if they are going to insist on doing this every year, then can we please get done and out all on the same week? Really annoying when it’s completely over done. I’m usually don’t feel this strongly about things football related that are not tied to rule changes, but even if I live to be an old man, I could go the rest of my life never seeing a throwback jersey again. Thumbs down!

  67. stellarperformance says: May 7, 2013 5:50 PM

    I think these uniforms are retro-cool. Love it. I want one.

  68. axespray says: May 7, 2013 7:45 PM

    ddjesus says:
    May 7, 2013 1:34 PM
    “Honestly… Packers fan here, but my favorite throwbacks are the AFL Broncos!”
    —————————-
    We talking Orange Crush/Early Elway Broncos or …”that” jersey that we do not speak of Broncos uniforms ?

  69. mrzoellner says: May 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    It’s a natural fiber. (Seinfeld reference)

  70. kyannalashae says: May 7, 2013 11:42 PM

    I’m a Packers fan 0f 16 years and To those saying the ”G” logo on the Packers helmet stands for Greatness is wrong.

    The oval “G” logo which stands for the “G” in Green Bay was created in 1961. Lombardi asked Packers equipment manager Gerald “Dad” Braisher to design a logo for the team’s helmets. Braisher then had his assistant, St. Norbert College art student John Gordon, come up with potential designs. After Braisher and Gordon were satisfied with the design, a football-shaped letter “G”, they presented it to Lombardi who then approved it. Tiki Barber falsely reported it to stand for “greatness” without a reliable source to back up his claims. Other reputable media outlets then published similar stories using Barber’s false claim as a source. The Packers’ Assistant Director of PR and Corporate Communications had the following to say: “There’s nothing in our history that suggests there’s any truth to this.

  71. pshark5 says: May 8, 2013 10:57 AM

    I like the Packer throwbacks, they look a lot better than their green and yellow special-ed uniforms.

  72. what da says: May 8, 2013 11:44 PM

    What does the g on the packers uniforms stand for? Goober?

  73. hamsanfootball says: May 10, 2013 12:52 PM

    Everybody knows the real reason Rodgers loves those blue and gold uniforms. Go Cal!

  74. donsjohnson says: Sep 18, 2013 2:36 PM

    I don’t mind the Packer’s throwback uniforms. The uglier, the better. It’s the weird color of that throwback helmet that was the problem–it didn’t match brown leather head color I assume they were trying to represent.

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