By John Turney
|Early Carolina Panthers logo|
|Early Jacksonville Jaguar logo|
The Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars began play in 1995 in the National Football League. Both were adorned with, in our view, good looking, well-designed uniforms.
However, that wasn't the case in the prototypes (again, our opinion).
|Jerry Richardson and Panther's prototype jersey|
|Wayne Weaver and the Jaguars prototype.|
|Jaguar prototype helmet.|
However, all is well that ends well. We think the uniforms that the Jaguars donned in 1995 were excellent. They went with white pants rather than teal on the road uniforms and white pants rather than silver for the dark/home set. And the black helmet with a central logo was also sharp. We cannot say the same about the recent changes in the Jaguars ensemble, to us, it is a hot mess. But, to each his own.
However, this is what was first announced that the Panthers would wear:
It was shown that they would wear black pants, both at home and on the road. And the home jersey would be Carolina blue. While not as odd as the original Jaguars uniforms, these just didn't sit well. Again, the powers that be seemed to come to their senses and in 1995 the Panthers had an excellent set of home and away uniforms. They did add the Carolina blue jersey as an alternate later, but never with the black pants. The black pants did show up a few years ago with a black on block design that looked pretty good in our view.
Here is an iteration that shows white jersey and white pants combination, but it is not as definitive as the photo above that was at the press conference in October, 1994.
This is what was chosen in 1995 and it was well done.