By John Turney
|1977 season AFC-NFC Pro Bowl|
Beginning with the AFL-NFL Merger in 1970 (and all the way through 1987) the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl uniforms were, well, uniform.
The AFC had a jersey like this:
Sometimes the red numbers were plain, other years they had a thin blue outline.
The NFC had a jersey like this:
Like the AFC, sometimes the numbers were outlined in red, other years they were plain white.
That held true all except one year, the 1977 season Pro Bowl (played in January, 1978). In that game the AFC had blue numerals. And we
the reason for the switch. It's likely nothing other than someone wanted a switch. Or, perhaps, an error and the jersey factory. 've never know
So, from the final season of the painted helmets is the mystery. Why the blue numbers? And and a sub-question. Why did they look so good?