San Diego Chargers Uniform Change For 2013?


When Nike took over as the official uniform supplier of the NFL, there was some concern that they would bring their college style of uniform to the NFL and affect a certain amount of tradition for certain franchises. Outside of the Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars, Nike has done a great job at honoring that tradition and they have only made some minor tweaks to a number of teams. In 2013, it looks like one of those teams that will have a slight tweak in their uniforms is the San Diego Chargers.

It wouldn’t be a major change and the team has not announced anything yet, but a close look at the uniform shows a slight change in the product. Previously, the Chargers name plates featured just white lettering. When the 2013 class of rookies was announced following the draft, they still had the white lettering at their introductory press conference. Here is an example of the single colored text on the name plate:

Apr 27, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers draft picks D.J. Fluker , Manti Teo and Keenan Allen pose for a photo with their jerseys during a press conference at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The names really pop in that style, but the latest images of the Chargers uniforms show a two-tone text on the name plates. On the home jerseys the names are yellow and outlined in baby blue, while the away jerseys feature navy text outlined in yellow. Here is an image of the new text: For further evidence of the new text, check out the jersey DJ Fluker was presented with after shaking Roger Goodell’s hand at the NFL Draft:

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (Alabama) is introduced as the eleventh overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Here is one more image of the change:

Photo via Michael Romeo on Twitter (@ROMESalicious)

If the uniform change is indeed happening, what do you all think of the slight tweak? The two tone numbers certainly fit the Chargers unis well, but I think they would pop more if the text was white on the dark jerseys and outlined in baby blue or yellow. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments section and let us hear your opinions.

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • rickochey

    bring back the powder blues and be done.

    • theviper70

      Agree powder blue awesome

  • chris christiansen

    REALLY!! powder blue? why not bring back matt millen and tommy protho and we can lose like we like the 70′s and 90′s.

    • Rob Lambeth

      Yes, because changing to those colors would automatically cause the team to lose.

    • LogicRules55

      Matt Millen … HUH? Although the Chargers were subpar during the Prothro era, it was Harland Svare who ushered in the 70s horror show. Actually Prothro was primarily responsible for acquiring the players that Coryell took over & immediately turned onto a winner.

  • Paul Hamlyn

    Powder Blues are not awsome.

  • Rob Lambeth

    The current uniforms are terrible. The upside down bolts on the arms are ridiculous. They should revert to the unis that immediately preceded these atrocities, or go to the original powder blues full time. But since the current crap was designed by A.G. Spanos, I’m guessing we’re stuck with them for awhile.

  • Rob Lambeth

    The powder blues (the original, not the powder blue version of the current crap) are universally regarded by many as the best unis in NFL history. They were #1 on the NFL Network’s top 10 countdown show, and many non-Chargers fans think they look great. How ownership has access to those, and could choose to use them full time, but would rather have upside down bolts and WNBA looking numbers, is a complete mystery to me. I will never buy any version of the current jerseys, they just suck too bad.

    • Cgoodness13

      They arnt that bad (current ones), but the thing is, fashion is changing, someone like Spanos (lol the 1%) will always try to keep up with the latest fashion out so chargers adopting a more college look make sense, though we all love the powder blue!!!

      • Michael Gardiner

        I love the old powder blues (own both PB on white and vice versa)…but also quite like the current ones. Why couldn’t Spanos split the difference and make the current style powder blues the “Home” jersey?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Kirby/1365699093 Scott Kirby

    I like it but I miss the numbers on the side of the helmet under the lightning bolts. that was the best look for my ten cents.

  • Pouta

    I’d like to see the Fouts era coronado blue & yellow…

  • 2startrk

    I just ordered and received a new Nike Elite customized road (white) jersey. They got the new collar right (all white) but the name on the name plate isn’t outlined in gold. Does anyone know where I can go to get this corrected or can any decent tailor take care of it for me? I don’t feel like spending another $300 just for a name plate!