Jul 26, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings helmet sits in the grass during training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Check out these rejected Minnesota Vikings uniform designs from 2003

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch got his hands on some unused Reebok uniform designs for the Minnesota Vikings from 2003. Lukas says he confirmed the legitimacy of the designs through a source who used to work for the Vikes, so these are real.

The home and away jerseys aren’t anything that spectacular, but there is an interesting alternate look among the designs that features a black jersey and black pants. The Vikes ultimately would introduce a jersey that features all-purple…and is ugly as hell.

The Vikings in all-black? That would have been different.

In the end, the Vikes rejected the idea of going all-black. Lukas says he has more materials including some info on the internal deliberations that went on with the Vikings back in 2003. But he won’t be releasing that info for a couple of weeks.

I’d be curious to know why the Vikings rejected the all-black look. Maybe it was too much of a departure from their traditional colors. Maybe they thought it wouldn’t go very well with the purple helmet. Maybe they were afraid they would be too scary.

These would have come out in 2003, which was back when Randy Moss was still on the team. Randy Moss streaking down the field in all-black? Yeah, that might have been a little terrifying.

photo credit: Uni Watch

photo credit: Uni Watch

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