Jacksonville Jaguars switching back to teal as primary home jersey color
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For their first 16 years as a franchise, teal was the Jacksonville Jaguars' primary color for their home jerseys until they changed to black during Week 4 of the 2012 season.
The Jaguars announced Wednesday they are returning to teal as their primary color for the start of the Urban Meyer era this upcoming season.
The switch came after the Jaguars posted a series of cryptic tweets before announcing if they get 21,000 retweets to make teal primary, they would make it happen.
Since Tuesday, the post has had more than 23,00 retweets.
“We’ve heard the fans loud and clear,” head equipment manager Jimmy Luck said in a statement issued by the franchise.
"As the only team in the NFL that wears teal, we know what this color means to our organization, the 904 (area code) and our entire fanbase. Teal inspires great memories of some of our franchise’s greatest moments.
"Making the switch to teal as our primary uniform color allows us to celebrate that history while kicking off a new era of Jaguars football."
The Jaguars have officially worn teal jerseys 114 times and accumulated a 64-50 record in those games, including a 60-42 record in home contests. They donned the teal jerseys for the first time on Sept. 24, 1995, against the Green Bay Packers and earned their first victory in teal on Oct. 22, 1995, at Cleveland.
Jaguars RB James Robinson (30) celebrates in teal last November. (Photo: Reinhold Matay, USA TODAY Sports)
The Jaguars made the switch from teal to black during Shad Khan's first season as owner, saying at the time he wanted the franchise's identity to grow with the black jerseys at home.
However, the Jaguars had many of their best moments when they wore their teal-colored jerseys. Here are a few memorable ones:
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Routed Dolphins in 1999 playoff game
The Jaguars wore teal jerseys and white pants in their 62-7 victory against Miami on Jan. 15, 2000. RB Fred Taylor ran for a franchise-long 90-yard TD while Jacksonville’s 62 points still serve as a franchise high.
Boselli dominates Taylor
LT Tony Boselli matched up with Dolphins DE Jason Taylor and held Taylor without a sack in Jacksonville’s 28-21 victory against the Dolphins on Oct. 12, 1998. The team donned teal jerseys and white pants, and WR Keenan McCardell caught a 56-yard game-winning TD.
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