Monday, December 29, 2014

Eagles bring back kelly green unis

In honor of the 1960 championship team, the Eagles will wear replicas of that team's kelly green uniforms in the home opener against the Packers, the franchise the Eagles beat, 17-13, 50 years ago.

Eagles bring back kelly green unis

DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer

In honor of the 1960 championship team, the Eagles will wear replicas of that team's kelly green uniforms in the home opener against the Packers, the franchise the Eagles beat, 17-13, 50 years ago.

The unveiling was held today at Franklin Field, site of that title game.

[One tidbit: The Eagles actually looked into holding the game at Franklin Field. They formed an advisory committee and came up with a plan of what it would take to be able to play the opener at the venerable stadium. There were a bunch of logistical obstacles -- parking among them -- but one of the major problems was the fact that there are no restrooms on the upper level of the stadium. But I digress ...]

Current Eagles DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and Stewart Bradley wore the kelly greens today at the unveiling. They were joined by their decades-ago counterparts -- receiver Tommy McDonald, tight end Pete Retzlaff and linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik. Several other players from that team were also in attendance.

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Owner Jeffrey Lurie announced the plans which will include a halftime ceremony and other assorted celebrations during the opening weekend. Lurie was asked if honoring the 1960 team was just a painful reminder that his team hasn't won a title in 50 years and during his nearly two-decade long tenure.

"It's all self-inflicted," Lurie said.

The Eagles haven't wore kelly green jerseys since the organization changed the primary team color to midnight green in 1996, two years after Lurie purchased the franchise.

Here's a link to Celek's Facebook page, where he has a picture of him in the new uniform.

It looks like the Eagles have another alternate jersey that fans can buy.

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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