Nike and the Washington Redskins unveiled this week their alternative “Anniversary” uniform, designed by the sport apparel giant in celebration of their 75th anniversary in DC.
Franchise owner Dan Snyder and his staff worked closely with Nike to create a look that spoke to the club’s unique heritage, while highlighting several key details that helped defined the team’s history. The result is a modern interpretation of the team’s 1937 uniform — a year signifying the team’s move from Boston to Washington, D.C. as well as their first National Championship.
It offers a balance between history and tradition featuring a rich darker color palate and updated numbering system. The patch on the shoulder is one that was worn in early team history.
The design also pays tribute to 1937 QB “Slingin” Sammy Baugh, who — in his first year in the league — led the newly relocated Skins to their first National Championship. Sammy was the last surviving member of the 1963 17-member charter class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and has been honored by the Redskins with the retirement of his #33 jersey — the only number the team has ever officially retired.
“The Redskins are an amazing organization focused on team, unity and tradition. This new alternate uniform design for the Redskins is a very special one that truly speaks to the team’s long, rich history” said Todd Van Horne, Nike’s Football Creative Director. “We have truly enjoyed working with Dan Snyder and his team on this project and look forward to seeing the new Elite 51 uniform system on the field this season.”
To complete the look, the helmet features a unique leather-like finish and the words “Team, Effort, Tradition” are embroidered on the inside of the neckline serving as a reminder to each athlete of what it means to be a Redskin.
“In honor of 80 years of rich tradition this anniversary uniform displays our heritage” said Skins owner, Dan Snyder. “We hope that it will bring back great memories to our fans.”