Eight former AFL teams will wear 1960s throwback uniforms during "legacy games" in the 2009 NFL season. Shutdown Corner takes a look back (or ahead, if you will) at those throwback jerseys in advance of the season. Today, we review them all, and rank our favorites. Click on each individual jersey for more information, or browse through them all here.
The Shutdown Corner rankings:
1. Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. It's the best uniform in NFL history that doesn't currently exist in the NFL. Please consider making the switch permanent, Titans.
2. San Diego Chargers. These are the gold standard for retro jerseys. They only miss the top spot because we've seen them recently, unlike the Oilers duds, which have been buried for years.
3. Denver Broncos. Without question, the biggest departure from a given team's standard jerseys. They are bold, and I commend the Broncos for showing no fear by wearing them. If you haven't seen the socks that go with them, you've got to click that gold jersey above.
4. Buffalo Bills. Much like the Oilers, it's a defunct jersey that's far superior to what replaced it. A clean, classic and strong look.
5. New England (Boston) Patriots. Patriots fans may not care for the history associated with the red jerseys, but I dig them. Pat Patriot is second only to Bucco Bruce as the best helmet-dwelling mascot in NFL history.
6. Oakland Raiders. The jersey you see above isn't much different from what we normally see, but the helmet's a little different. Click and see. Oh, and I highly recommend purchasing the Darius Heyward-Bey model. I think that will be an investment that will pay off for years to come.
8. New York Jets (Titans of New York). The Jets have been breaking these classics out for the past couple of years now. They're not attractive colors, and there's no novelty involved, since we've seen them recently anyway.