According to Chargers.com, the San Diego Chargers have made changes to the name plates and collars of all three of their jerseys as well as their socks.
“We have been thinking about this change for several years,” said Executive Vice President – Chief Executive Officer AG Spanos. “We knew exactly what we wanted to do. We didn’t have to redevelop the uniforms. We like the uniforms, but we felt like we could adjust a few details and make them better. The changes aren’t big changes. They are really just tweaks. We didn’t make this change so fans had to go out and buy new jerseys. It was never been meant to spruce sales. We wanted to change the jersey because we thought it would make it better.”
“We changed the nameplate on all three of the jerseys,” said Spanos. “We had wanted to go to a two-color font. Most teams in the league use a two color font and it really highlights the name. It looks a little bit sharper and a little bit more modern.”
“We ended up changing the primary color on the nameplate font on the navy jersey to gold, it’s reminiscent of the 1980’s teams because they had gold nameplate font as well.”
“We switched to what is called a self-color collar,” Spanos explained. “Basically the collar is going to be the same color as the jerseys. So on navy it will be navy, on white it will be white and on powder it will be powder. Last year we had a white collar that ended in a square and there were comments about it looking like a neckroll. The Chargers are not alone, there are six teams changing their collars this year without making major changes to the uniform just as we are.”
The third and final uniform modification is to the team’s socks. Midway up the sock there will now be a gold stripe. There is no change to the helmet or pants.
NFL switched to Nike jerseys last season, and the change has been a welcomed one.
“Nike’s jerseys are lighter and more durable, and the players like them better,” said Spanos. “It’s a better quality jersey than what we’ve had in the past.”