Patriots ‘Hope’ To Bring Back Red Jersey With Pat Patriot Helmet, But Not Until NFL Changes Rule

While those red jerseys and white helmets will not be returning for 2020, the team announced that it hopes to bring them back in 2021.

Patriots ‘Hope’ To Bring Back Red Jersey With Pat Patriot Helmet, But Not Until NFL Changes Rule

BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots rolled out their 2020 jerseys on Monday, essentially upgrading the Color Rush jerseys to the primary home jersey and incorporating the same style for new road white jerseys. The reaction from fans — at least, based on Twitter replies — was a bit mixed.

While part of that sentiment may solely be in reaction to the new jerseys themselves, there’s no doubt been a public outcry for a return of the red jerseys and white helmet, a look the Patriots donned from 2009-12. Though the original iteration of the Pat Patriot jerseys is generally considered a forgettable era in Patriots history, the team certainly looked sharp in the throwbacks during the Tom Brady era.

While those red jerseys and white helmets will not be returning for 2020, the team announced that it hopes to bring them back in 2021.

“Our primary uniforms in the modern era have been blue and white and they will remain so,” Jen Ferron, CMO of Kraft Sports and Entertainment, said in the new jersey announcement. “We recognize that fans also have an affinity for the red ‘throwback’ uniform and we hope to incorporate that into our uniform rotation in the future.”

The reason for the delay remains the same reason the Patriots went away from the red throwbacks after 2012. The NFL instituted a new rule in 2013 that prohibited all teams from wearing different helmets during the year. The rule was created in the interest of player safety, even though players are allowed to switch personal helmets during a season and even though players are required to wear different helmets after getting traded or signing with new teams during a season.

That rule brought about the disappearance of Tampa Bay’s famed creamsicle jerseys, in addition to the Pat Patriot throwbacks.

But it’s expected that the NFL will eliminate that rule following the 2020 season. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians hinted at that in an interview last month.

“I think once the helmet rule changes next year, we might have some creamsicles and some throwbacks, which I think are the best uniforms in the league,” Arians told Dan Patrick.

An NFL spokesman later said that discussions have begun to modify the rule in 2021, though nothing has been decided yet.

In addition to fans calling for the return of the red throwbacks, the Patriots might also consider the success the team had while wearing red roughly a decade ago. The Patriots did go just 2-2 in the red throwbacks when they returned in 2009, but the team brought them back for a 45-24 win in Detroit on Thanksgiving in 2010. That result was similar to the Patriots’ 20-12 win in Detroit on Thanksgiving 2002, a day when the Patriots also wore red.

The Patriots wore red jerseys while beating the Jets in both 2011 and 2012, and some of Tom Brady’s best performances came while wearing the throwback look. Certainly, his nearly perfect, six-touchdown day in a 59-0 win over Tennessee may be his finest afternoon of work ever. His late comeback against the Bills in Week 1 of the 2009 season — his first game back after missing the 2008 season — was one for the ages. In the aforementioned Thanksgiving game in 2010, Brady posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Earlier that year, the Patriots beat Brett Favre and the Vikings on Halloween while wearing the red throwbacks.

Devin McCourty celebrates with Brandon Meriweather and Jermaine Cunningham. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

While Brady is obviously no longer a part of the equation, the team enjoyed some tremendous afternoons and evenings while wearing their red throwbacks. And in Monday’s announcement, the Patriots said that their 6-1 record while wearing Color Rush jerseys “sparked the discussion to promote them to the team’s primary look.”

So the push for the retro look could be very real, and if the league changes its rule after the 2020 season, the return could be coming soon.

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Coronavirus Pennsylvania: Demonstrators Heading To Harrisburg To Protest State’s Stay-At-Home Order

Some Americans are desperate to get back to work and now fear over lost paychecks during the coronavirus pandemic is fueling protests across the nation. 

Coronavirus Pennsylvania: Demonstrators Heading To Harrisburg To Protest State’s Stay-At-Home Order

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Some Americans are desperate to get back to work and now fear over lost paychecks during the coronavirus pandemic is fueling protests across the nation. Demonstrators are heading to Harrisburg on Monday and the protest begins at noon.

The organizers of Stand Up to End the Shutdown Pennsylvania say they are encouraging social distancing in their messaging, but Pennsylvania state officials are worried that the six-foot rule will not be followed.

State Sen. Sharif Street, of Philadelphia, said footage of weekend protests in about a dozen other states give him reason for concern.

“The manner in which this is being done, if it’s not done properly, if they don’t observe social distancing, they don’t wear masks, they could literally endanger their own lives and then take the virus back to their families,” Street said.

Video from Michigan’s state capitol last Wednesday shows thousands of people protesting the governor’s strict stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The organizers are using  Michigan’s protest as a guide. They expect between 7,000 to 10,000 people to flood the street outside of the state capitol to pressure Gov. Wolf to reopen the state economy.

“I want them to open safely and as soon as they possibly can, maybe by May 1,” Protester Donna Merritt said.

Donna Merritt, of Exeter Township in Berks County, plans to attend the protest with her daughter. She says more businesses should be allowed to reopen using the same protections as essential businesses are using now.

“Thousands of people are working thousands of people are doing it safely and I don’t see why and many others don’t see why other companies can’t be innovative and get back to work as well safely,” Merritt said.

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley says he wishes people would not gather to protest because there is a good chance someone in the crowd will have the virus and pass it to others in the crowd.

“They’re going to get together and pass the infection amongst each other and bring it back to other people. So they’re risking their health and the health of everybody else,” Dr. Farley said.

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