On Aesthetics | Classic NFL

Teams around the NFL have been opting for their throwback uniforms throughout the early part of the season. The Jets seem to have become superstitiously obsessed with their old school 1960-1962 blue and gold Titans uniforms, wearing them two games back-to-back. As a native Clevelander I am a life long Browns fan. What the Browns lack in Super Bowl appearances and victories (1964 was the last time the francise won the league championship – pre Super Bowl) they make up in classic cool. Since its founding, the Browns’ uniforms have remained largely unchanged. In fact, the Browns are the only NFL team without a logo on their helmets. The franchise’s uniforms rival only a few MLB teams for consistency, simplicity and recognition.

Last night on Monday Night Football, the team donned their throwback uniforms, which consisted of a helmet with a number on it. That is all the club has in its arsenal to go retro. It doesn’t get more classic than that, and I hope they never change a thing. Well, except for that Super Bowl record.

Browns’ founder and namesake Paul Brown.

Logo-less helmet.

Comments on “On Aesthetics | Classic NFL

    Exit Lines on October 14, 2008 1:55 PM:

    Those jerseys looked sweet last night–but would you have posted this today if they had lost the game?

    Michael Williams on October 14, 2008 2:01 PM:

    The world may never know!


    larsd4 on October 14, 2008 2:23 PM:

    It looks like Paul Brown is wearing rubbers on his feet. I want a pair of Ridell coach’s shoes like Lombardi wore.

    rye on the rocks on October 14, 2008 2:25 PM:

    Even the font seems retro. Classic. I loved it.

    Shine Collective on October 14, 2008 3:13 PM:

    I’m not really a football fan, nor do I have any connection to Cleveland- but I’ve always loved the Browns’ uniforms. So classic!! I live in Baltimore and am disgusted by the color choice and the Nascar style logo of our home team the Ravens. I feel like they modeled it after a Big Gulp.

    Randy on October 14, 2008 3:50 PM:

    Anyone know what font they use for the number on the throwback helmets?

    I grew up in Baltimore, and as a fan of the Ravens, I have to agree with you, Mr. Collective. The unis are just plain ugly. They were ok when they had the crest on them, but they never should have existed at all. The Ravens, like the Browns, should have been allowed to keep their name and unis after the Colts were stolen from the city.

    stephanie on October 14, 2008 4:58 PM:

    I’m glad they have never messed with the uniforms – the throwback helmet numbers were a nice touch, though, especially considering that last night was a classic Browns performance – unexpectedly outperforming a seemingly unbeatable foe.

    I wish football coaches still dressed like Paul Brown & co.

    Jared on October 14, 2008 5:10 PM:

    I just recently became an addict of this blog. I love the old school feel and style. I grew up in Canton and lived in Cleveland for 4 years of college. This post has taken this blog from great to terrific in my mind. Thank you, and Go Brownies.

    Rover on October 14, 2008 10:10 PM:

    Jared- What Cleveland school did you attend….curious as I’m a Carroll alum ……and addicted to Michaels site…..

    Jared on October 15, 2008 12:51 AM:

    I’m a former Blue Streak as well!

    justin on October 15, 2008 9:52 AM:

    i submit another example of classic cool (although a biased view as a long time packers fan) – vince lombardi…

    Paul on October 15, 2008 7:17 PM:

    College football has by far the best old-school uniforms. Penn State, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Nebraska have really classic looks. You can’t beat the college traditions.

    Joe on October 16, 2008 1:15 PM:

    As a fellow cleveland browns fan I have to agree. when it comes to unis, cleveland is just classic

    Michael on October 18, 2008 10:20 PM:

    I went to school in Ohio, and grew to appreciate the uniforms and the rabid fans (even though I’m a MD native). The Monday night uniforms with the number on the helmet looked great, lots of vintage cool there. After watching Penn States game today, I caught myself thinking I hope they NEVER change their uniforms. I absolutely love their simplicity. I also am a fan of Michigans helmet, but today I saw the new jersey style (the streak on the side of the jersey) and I’m not a fan. Ohio State also another classic look that wasn’t included in Paul’s list.

    Nate on November 17, 2008 12:02 PM:

    Best throwback style yet. The best is that you know the Browns style rocks when in the lower third score bar they either have a pic of the helmet or the color orange. The Browns could have easily adopted a dog as its official mascot in the 70s-90s or brought back the “brownie” elf but they remained true. God bless the Browns.

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