As I've watched the AFL 50th Anniversary unfold this season, it has become apparent that there are a couple of teams who need to make a return to their old school looks. The best example I can give of how it should work is the San Diego Chargers. Though there uniforms are not true throwbacks, they are a modern hybrid based on their old school elements. The switch to their classic white helmet and the addition of the powder blue jerseys has given the Chargers a great look and has created a great link to their past. The new Chargers look is a great improvement over their previous navy helmet and uniform set. There are two teams who need to follow the lead of the Chargers.
The first team is the New England Patriots. I have never been a fan of the "John Kerry in a bike helmet" look that the team currently wears. The uniform that the team wears tries to look modern, but is really just not that appealing. Seeing the Patriots take the field in their old school Pat Patriot helmet and those great, simple throwback jerseys begs the team to make a return to the past. Like the Chargers, the team needs to switch back to their AFL helmet and make a modern version of their AFL uniform set. The Patriots were trying to be cutting edge when they switched to their current logo and look, but a return to the classic set would greatly improve the visuals of the Patriots on the field.
The other AFL team that desperately needs a uniform change is the Buffalo Bills. The team's current uniform set is a visual mess. The jersey features way too much color blocking and random piping. The stripe under the arm on the jersey makes no connection at all to the stripe on the pants. I've never been a fan of their helmet since they switched it to red many years ago. During this season, it has been a pleasure to see the Bills take the field in their clean old school AFL uniforms. The team needs to take a good look at the simplicity and classic design of the old school uniform and make it, or something based on it, their official set. The white helmet is great and I love the old buffalo. A return to a white helmet would be a positive move, whether it is this version or their more modern white helmet they wore before the switch to red. The Bills definitely are in desperate need of a uniform simplification and the old AFL look should be the foundation for where the team should go.