Cowboys to wear blue jerseys at home for the first time in decades

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For years, the Cowboys have worn white jerseys at home.  The tactic has become so engrained that, at times, the team’s rivals have chosen to wear white at home, forcing the Cowboys to break out their blue “road” jerseys.

This Thanksgiving against the Raiders, the Cowboys will wear their blue jerseys at home for the first time in decades, according to Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com.

In recent years, the Cowboys have sported throwback uniforms on the fourth Thursday in November, with white helmets and white-and-blue jerseys.  This year, thanks to the NFL rule that requires teams to use only one helmet all year, the Cowboys have opted to pair their silver helmets with their standard blue jerseys.

“I think everything is about putting players’ safety first and foremost,” Cowboys executive V.P. Stephen Jones said Tuesday.  “I don’t know if it’s a given that moving one helmet to another is an issue, but we haven’t proven that it’s not either.  But we’re always going to err on the side of safety.  It’s going to give us a new look this year but sometimes there’s nothing wrong with that either.  We’ll continue to look at that.  It doesn’t mean you won’t see alternative helmets in the future. It’s just we want to make sure right now that we always err on the side of players’ safety until we’ve really dotted our i’s and crossed our t’s.”

And so the NFL will permit players to wear only one helmet for the entire season, even as more and more college teams break out a different helmet every freaking week.

39 responses to “Cowboys to wear blue jerseys at home for the first time in decades

  1. Yeah.. their normal super helmets that prevent all those concussions should never be substituted.

    LOL!!!

  2. The only reason why they are wearing Blue is so Oakland has to wear White. They don’t want to face Silver and Black. The Cowboys are scared 🙂
    Go Raiders

  3. It’s the PLAYERS fault. If they wouldn’t sue the NFL for every little issue, then the NFL would allow multiple helmet designs to be used during the season.

    But since the players sue for concussions and other “injuries”, the NFL must do everything that it can to protect itself.

  4. This year, thanks to the NFL rule that requires teams to use only one helmet all year, the Cowboys have opted to pair their silver helmets with their standard blue jerseys.
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    The Rams wore a throwback helmet on November 3rd of this year, there is no “new rule”. Not yet.

  5. Jerry doesn’t want the Raiders trademark Silver and black in his home, not on national television, not today!

  6. To me it, it does seem like Dallas is doing it so Oakland isn’t wearing their Black unis. Not that they think it’s a competitive advantage, but Jerry has a big enough of an ego to not want that silver and black up in his house

  7. How did it suddenly become impossible to paint the old color scheme or place a sticker of the old logo on the new style helmets?

  8. I know they made their winning reputation wearing their white jerseys, but their classic blue jersey look (see Super Bowl V) was awesome.

  9. I can’t understand how an identical model and size of helmet, painted differently, would pose a risk. I would guess that helmets get damaged during the course of a season and players get new ones anyway. Taking it a step further, any manufactured product that absorbs blows has a limited life—you could make an argument that new helmets more often would provide better protection, just like new shock absorbers on your car will provide a better ride.

  10. No question about it.

    The Cowboys did not want to be overshadowed by those black uniforms…the best uniforms in the NFL!

  11. So instead of having a great classic uniform game with the cowboys white and the raiders black, we get this. So annoying.

  12. I can’t understand how an identical model and size of helmet, painted differently, would pose a risk. I would guess that helmets get damaged during the course of a season and players get new ones anyway. Taking it a step further, any manufactured product that absorbs blows has a limited life—you could make an argument that new helmets more often would provide better protection, just like new shock absorbers on your car will provide a better ride.

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    Different helmets don’t pose any additional risk. The NFL is ignoring medical science for the sake of appearances. No helmet will stop or hinder the brain from moving inside the skull. And helmets are not turned over each season unless significantly damaged. They are used over the course of years. There are certification programs by the manufacturers to test each used helmet. The helmets are re-finished, re-painted, re-padded (often times not even re-padded), and re-distributed to other players. You can watch vids on youtube detailing the process. And if a player wants to keep his helmet after the year, he gets charged by the team for it. Billionaire owners can’t even spare a drop on the bucket to let players keep their helmets as momentos. Gotta love greed.

  13. The tactic has become so engrained that, at times, the team’s rivals have chosen to wear white at home, forcing the Cowboys to break out their blue “road” jerseys.

    This makes NO sense. Forcing a road team to wear their road jerseys?

  14. I don’t think the color of your uniform has any impact on the outcome of a football game.

    But wear whatever you want. Who cares?

  15. I agree that it doesn’t affect the outcome but for some reason, I’ve always felt uniforms help games look better on tv. Just like the new stadiums have ruined the view on TV. Only a few still have the good view. (Buffalo, San Francisco are 2 of the few.) Others make it seem you’re watching from the nosebleeds.

  16. Decades? Drew Bledsoe was their qb the last time they did this. They were playing against Denver on Thanksgiving in 2005.

  17. hawkforlife says: Nov 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    This makes NO sense. Forcing a road team to wear their road jerseys?

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    Road teams in the NFL usually wear their white jerseys. The Cowboys have just chosen to wear them at home as well. Blue is actually their home color, which they almost never wear at home.

  18. you guys are misundersta d the cincept of this article. Yes the Cowboys wear blue ALTERNATE jerseys on thanksgiving every year at home. Because of the new rule, their helmets wont match the ALTERNATE jersey so they wont wear it. Instead, they will wear their blue HOME jerseys (which they never wear at home) for the first time in decades. Unfortunately, the writer of this article was too lazy to do a little research on when that game was. But I guess you get what you pay for haha

  19. I take it derekgorgonstar was referring to the raiders uni when referring to the best uniform in football? There is no way he could be talking about the cowgirls rag. That star and everything about it is HIDEOUS!

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