SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers will soon don new Nike uniforms that honor a more successful period in the franchise’s history.
The National Football League revealed that the Chargers will debut the new royal blue uniform when they host the Denver Broncos October 13 on Thursday Night Football. Their jerseys, pants, socks and shoes will have royal blue, while their helmets will have gold facemasks.
It’s a nod to the Air Coryell era, when Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow were on the roster.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 13, 2016
The campaign is part of the NFL’s Color Rush initiative. Fans can purchase merchandise that matches what the players will be wearing on the field. According to the Chargers, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the NFL Foundation to fund health, safety and wellness programs for youth athletes.
“We met with Nike and went through several options,” said President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos. “Wearing the royal blue was an idea that we got really excited about. It’s a color from our past that is synonymous with an era we all feel fondly about. It will be the first time in 30 years we will wear royal blue in a game, and it is something we think the fans will enjoy seeing again.”
The NFL and Nike rolled out this year’s Color Rush uniforms for all 32 teams, although not all of the teams will actually play in them.
A few color scheme conflicts, and in those cases, the away team will just wear the normal away uniform while the home team dons the Color Rush uniform, SB Nation reported. The uniforms will also not be worn for the Thanksgiving games.
Color Rush uni group shot. pic.twitter.com/CvcwoxOEgb
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— NFL (@NFL) September 13, 2016