Eagles To Wear 1960 Championship Uniforms
By Lance Epstein
Fifty years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles sat on top of the football world as they won their third [last] championship in the Eagles illustrious history. In an attempt to recapture some of the magic and honor that 1960 Championship team that beat the Green Bay Packers 17-13, the Eagles announced the team would wear the replica kelly green uniform for the home opener (week one) against the Packers.
The Eagles officially unveiled the stylish new uniforms at the historic Franklin Field, the site where the Eagles handed coach Vince Lombardi his only championship defeat of his career.
At the unveiling Hall of Famers and former Eagle greats in wide receiver Tommy McDonald, linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik and tight end Pet Retzlaff joined current Eagles Brent Celek, Stewart Bradley and DeSean Jackson. Some other players from the championship team also in attendance as well.
Besides the announcing the plans to sport the jerseys to honor the 1960 squad, owner Jeffrey Lurie discussed the organizations plan to have a ceremony at halftime and a weekend long celebration to show the franchise's gratitude toward one of the best team's in the club’s history.
This marks the first time since the 1995 season that the Eagles will play with the kelly green jerseys, which is two years after Lurie bought the franchise. One of the rumored reasons that the Eagles have refused to wear them is because the team struggled for many years under those particular uniforms.
Lurie wanted to change the culture of the franchise from a loser to a perennial contender. Since the team switched to the midnight green jersey 14 years ago, the Eagles have made the playoffs nine times, five NFC Championship games, a Super Bowl and have been one of the premiere teams in football.
However, Lurie shot down the rumor that he is against wearing the old school uniforms.
"Oh, no no, no, no," Lurie said. "Not at all. In fact, I was so glad that the Green Bay game was the first one here, because we were always going to do it for the Green Bay game. To kick off the whole season with kelly green, that was a big plus."
His reasoning for tat the team not using the kelly green uniforms until this season was due to the fact Lurie knew this day was coming and wanted to save them for a special occasion.
"I went with the blue and the yellow because I already knew this [celebration] was going to be kelly green," Lurie said. "I never said that, because I wanted all the attention to be on that anniversary... the blue and the yellow, we played great that day! What can I say."
Whether the team uses the throwback kelly green uniforms in the future is a mystery, but Lurie says he has the option at his disposal.
Still one thing the team has failed is bringing home the elusive Lombardi Trophy that fans have been shouting about. Lurie thinks the 50-year struggle to return to glory has been self-inflicted, but is trying to recreate the magic that the Eagles have lost over the past five decades.
"It's all self-inflicted; we think about it every day," Laurie said. "It's already there, and you want that... you want to create the best possible team every year that you can."
For Eagles fans, many of them love the idea of bringing back the kelly green jersey. In fact it might be their favorite uniform of all time. Nevertheless they also hope that the jersey might rekindle the winning tradition and bring a championship parade down Broad Street.