The Atlanta Falcons today announced a change to their uniform specifications for the 2004 season. The team will switch its primary ‘home’ jersey to red after wearing black at home for the past 14 seasons. The Falcons will continue to wear white pants during the 2004 campaign. The black jersey will serve as the team’s alternate third jersey.
The Falcons first wore red jerseys in 1971 and kept them all the way through the 1989 season. Declared the team’s alternate third jersey in 2003, red jerseys were worn twice last season, against the Tennessee Titans on November 23 and again in a nationally-televised 20-14 overtime win against the Carolina Panthers on December 7.
“I’m a big fan of the red jerseys,” offered Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who made his first start of the 2003 season against Carolina and rushed for 141 yards. “They’ve got a really nice look to them. I know that our fans love them, too.”
Last year the Falcons introduced a new logo and changed their uniforms for the first time since 1990. The home uniforms consisted of black jerseys and white pants, while the road attire featured white jerseys and white pants. The team also introduced modified versions of the uniforms, which included wearing black jerseys with black pants at home and white jerseys with black pants on the road.