The Minnesota Vikings have historically been a great franchise over the years, but no era of Vikings football was more successful than that of the late 1960s through the 1970s. Those defenses under legendary head coach Bud Grant played tough, physical football that dominated the league for years.
While those Vikings never achieved the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl, they did appear in four of them, and those years are considered the glory days of the Vikings franchise.
As a result, by 2023, the the team has announced that will honor those teams by playing in classic uniforms inspired by those worn in the early years of the franchise’s history. Now, the stars of today’s Viking roster will don the uniforms worn by legends of the past like Carl Eller, Alan Page and Fran Tarkenton. Here is a description of the uniforms from the team’s website:
The Vikings will sport classic jerseys in Week 1 that have been designed to pay homage to the team’s previous journeys with a deeper shade of purple than the modern jersey.
The Classic was first introduced to season ticket members on July 18 during an event with VRTL that featured original Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton and current fullback CJ Ham.
Elements include large numbers in a traditional slab serif font and gold trim. The sleeves feature the original classic stripes.
Fans won’t have to wait long to see the uniforms in action either. The Vikings will make their regular season debut wearing these uniforms in their Week 1 home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, September 10. Let’s hope they bring the team great success as they hope to start their 2023 season on a positive note.
Training camp officially begins Sunday, and the Vikings begin their regular season 54 days from today.
Josh Frey is a graduate of The College of Idaho Class of 2020 and Managing Editor of PurplePTSD.com. When not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, playing, or cheering for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.