To kick off a 100th Celebration Weekend in Rosemont, the Bears revealed their new throwback uniforms—an homage to the 1936 Bears. Seeing as how those Bears elected to wear this specific uniform for only one season, the franchise’s modern figureheads felt the ensemble would be a perfect blast to the past to mark a century of pro football in Chicago.
Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey: “Our classic uniform in our centennial season was a one-hit wonder in 1936. Bronko Nagurski and his teammates wore these on their way to a 9-3 record."— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 8, 2019
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As so graciously modeled by Tarik Cohen, the uniform features navy pants, a white jersey, striped orange and navy socks, and a helmet with three orange stripes—stripes on the helmet being a common aesthetic detail from the early days of the NFL. The unique twist on this occasion is the Bears100 patch on the left shoulder to commemorate the franchise’s illustrious history.
This 1936 throwback replaces the 1940s edition the Bears wore twice last year. Their newly-minted orange uniform will still be featured once in the 2019 season.
The Bears will wear these throwback uniforms in two home games in the upcoming fall: On September 29 against the Vikings, and on Thursday Night Football against the Cowboys on December 5.
Football probably won’t be around for another 100 years, but by golly, the Bears are going to make sure they celebrate their first century properly. For now, their plan to blast into a new era in style is on track.
Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network, the managing editor of Windy City Gridiron, and the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times. Follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.