PHILADELPHIA - Nostalgia can be a powerful drug for a fan, and when it comes to the Eagles, nothing sparks a sentimental, wistful affection for the past like the color kelly green.
The NFL on Thursday approved a measure to allow alternate helmets to be used beginning in the 2022 season, potentially paving the way for the return of kelly green throwback uniforms for the Birds.
“This alternate color helmet must only be worn together with one of the club’s authorized optional uniforms (Classic, Alternate, and/or Color Rush),” a memo sent to the league's 32 teams and obtained by Si.com's Eagle Maven stated.
“If the alternate color helmet is paired with a Classic uniform, the alternate color helmet colors and designs must be historically accurate (consistent with the historically accurate uniform).”
The Eagles wore the popular uniform combination in the late 1980s and early 1990s during the days of Reggie White, Randall Cunningham, Seth Joyner, Clyde Simmons, and Jerome Brown.
Many fans romanticize the look when compared to the modernized midnight green the club currently wears.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie is occasionally asked about bringing back the old look but has always defaulted to the helmet legislation preventing a return.
“The whole key is we want a kelly green helmet to go with the kelly green jersey,” Lurie said in march of 2018. “We’re trying to get the league to allow a second helmet. That’s where it’s at. They very much know we want this and we want it badly."
Ostensibly, the league dragged its feet over a second helmet for safety reasons believing that fitting players correctly for just one helmet per season was a better alternative than two.
That hurdle has now been removed and presumably, the kelly green uniforms will be brought back as an alternate jersey in 2022 by Lurie and the Eagles.
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