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I first began to notice NFL teams wearing the logos of jersey companies in the early 1990s. The Wilson "W" began to show up on Vikings jerseys in 1990. Here is their history

Minnesota Vikings

1990-92 Wilson

1993 Russel

1994-98 Starter

1999-2000 Puma

2001-present Reebook

2011 Reebook (schedule)

2012 Nike (schedule)

How about the other NFL teams?

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I first began to notice NFL teams wearing the logos of jersey companies in the early 1990s. The Wilson "W" began to show up on Vikings jerseys in either 1990 or 91. Here is their history

Minnesota Vikings

199?-92 Wilson

1993 Russel

1994-98 Starter

1999-2000 Puma

2001-present Reebook

2011 Reebook (schedule)

2012 Nike (schedule)

How about the other NFL teams?

IIRC, the Starter logo didn't show up on the Packers' sleeves (hey, remember sleeves?) until 1992.

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(Prior to the Ron Wolf era, they bought their jerseys from local merchant Bertrand's Sporting Goods. He put an end to that, and ordered direct from the manufacturer. Too bad.)

In 1997, Nike got the deal, one set of Lombardi-era sleeve stripes was eliminated (Packers haven't won the Super Bowl since...OMG TEH CONSPIRACY), and the swoosh showed up.

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I believe it stayed until Reebok came aboard in 2001.

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Eagles had Russel logos from either the late '80s or early '90s -> 1996 (first year of redesign.) In 1997 they went with Starter, and the road jerseys were modified to look more like the homes. In 1999 they were Puma, then in '02 they switched to the Reebok Vector.

Also, for some reason, when searching for game worn 1997 Eagles jerseys to confirm the switch to Starter, this image came up in Google:

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of course Houston Texans have used just Reebok since joining the league

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I know both the '97 and '98 Broncos superbowl winning teams wore nike

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I know Nike's logo was on the Broncos' set in 1996...maybe even 1995. I believe Wilson's logo was on the set from 1990 until the switch to Nike, and it was Nike until the switch to Reebok in 2002.

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I know Nike's logo was on the Broncos' set in 1996...maybe even 1995. I believe Wilson's logo was on the set from 1990 until the switch to Nike, and it was Nike until the switch to Reebok in 2002.

Almost...

1989-1995 - Wilson

1996-2000 - Nike

2001-2011 - Reebok

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I have a full list and if you can give me a little time, I can post it here.

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Eagles had Russel logos from either the late '80s or early '90s -> 1996 (first year of redesign.) In 1997 they went with Starter, and the road jerseys were modified to look more like the homes. In 1999 they were Puma, then in '02 they switched to the Reebok Vector.

Also, for some reason, when searching for game worn 1997 Eagles jerseys to confirm the switch to Starter, this image came up in Google:

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OOOOOOOHHHHH YEEEEEEEEEEEES! nothing like a good paul bearer image in the morning.

upon my google searching, the jets wore the champion mark on their sleeves as far back as '91. when they switched to their current uniform set for the 1998 season, they went to starter for a season and in 1999, they switched over to nike. they were with nike for three seasons ('98-'00) and, by 2001, changed over to reebok.

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OOOOOOOHHHHH YEEEEEEEEEEEES! nothing like a good paul bearer image in the morning.

Paul Bearer. :lol:

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To the best of my knowledge, the Chargers finally started wearing manufacturers' logos in 1994.

1994-1998: Starter

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-present: Reebok

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To the best of my knowledge, the Chargers finally started wearing manufacturers' logos in 1994.

1994-1998: Starter

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-present: Reebok

I could be mistaken, but I thought they wore Russell in 94.

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Nope, they wore Starter in '94 - proof being that Seau is wearing the 75th Anniversary Patch from 1994 and the Starter logo in the picture on the left.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

1990-1996 Starter

1997-2010 Nike

2001-2011 Reebok

2012- Nike

Detroit Lions

1990-1992 Wilson

1993-1994 APEX

1995-1998 Reebok

1999-2000 Puma

2001-2011 Reebok

2012- Nike

Dallas Cowboys

1990-1992 Russell

1993-1995 APEX

1996-2000 Nike

2001-2011 Reebok

2012- Nike

Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

1990-1995 Starter

1996-2000 Nike

2001-2011 Reebok

2012- Nike

San Francisco 49ers

1991-1995 Wilson

1996-1998 Reebok

1999-2001 Adidas

2002-2011 Reebok

2012- Nike

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CARDINALS:

1992-1996: Russell

1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

FALCONS:

1991: Champion

1992-1997: Russell

1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

RAVENS:

1996: Russell

1997-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BILLS:

1988-1996: Champion

1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

PANTHERS:

1995-1996: Reebok

1997-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BEARS:

1992: Wilson

1993-1996: Champion

1997-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BENGALS:

1989-1996: Champion

1997: Wilson

1998: Champion

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BROWNS:

1990: MacGregor

1992-1995: Russell

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

COWBOYS:

1992: Russell

1993-1994: Apex

1995: Nike (NOT allowed to display logo)

1996-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BRONCOS:

1989-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

LIONS:

1990: MacGregor

1991-1992: Wilson

1993-1994: Apex

1995-1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

PACKERS:

1992-1996: Starter

1997-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

TEXANS:

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

COLTS:

1987-1992: Champion

1993-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

JAGUARS:

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

CHIEFS:

1989-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996: Wilson

1997-1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

DOLPHINS:

1990-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996: Wilson

1997-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

VIKINGS:

1990-1991: Wilson or Russell (both appear to have been used)

1992: Wilson

1993: Russell

1994-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

PATRIOTS:

1993-1994: Apex

1995-1998: Starter

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

SAINTS:

1990-1996: Champion

1997-1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

GIANTS:

1992-1994: Apex

1995-1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

JETS:

1985-1991: Champion

1992-1993: Starter

1994-1996: Champion

1997-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

RAIDERS:

1991: Wilson

1992-1995: Starter

1996-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

EAGLES:

1992-1996: Russell

1997-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

STEELERS:

1993-1996: Starter

1997-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

RAMS:

1993-1996: Russell

1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

CHARGERS:

1993: Russell

1994-1998: Starter

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

49ERS:

1991-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1998: Reebok

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

SEAHAWKS:

1989-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BUCCANEERS:

1992-1994: Russell

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1997: Wilson

1998-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

OILERS/TITANS:

1989: Russell

1992-1993: Russell

1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

REDSKINS:

1990: MacGregor

1991-1996: Starter

1997: Wilson

1998: Starter

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

That's what I have...

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CARDINALS:

1992-1996: Russell

1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

FALCONS:

1991: Champion

1992-1997: Russell

1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

RAVENS:

1996: Russell

1997-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BILLS:

1988-1996: Champion

1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

PANTHERS:

1995-1996: Reebok

1997-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BEARS:

1992: Wilson

1993-1996: Champion

1997-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BENGALS:

1989-1996: Champion

1997: Wilson

1998: Champion

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BROWNS:

1990: MacGregor

1992-1995: Russell

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

COWBOYS:

1992: Russell

1993-1994: Apex

1995: Nike (NOT allowed to display logo)

1996-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BRONCOS:

1989-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

LIONS:

1990: MacGregor

1991-1992: Wilson

1993-1994: Apex

1995-1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

PACKERS:

1992-1996: Starter

1997-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

TEXANS:

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

COLTS:

1987-1992: Champion

1993-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

JAGUARS:

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

CHIEFS:

1989-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996: Wilson

1997-1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

DOLPHINS:

1990-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996: Wilson

1997-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

VIKINGS:

1990-1991: Wilson or Reebok (both appear to have been used)

1992: Wilson

1993: Russell

1994-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

PATRIOTS:

1993-1994: Apex

1995-1998: Starter

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

SAINTS:

1990-1996: Champion

1997-1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

GIANTS:

1992-1994: Apex

1995-1998: Reebok

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

JETS:

1985-1991: Champion

1992-1993: Starter

1994-1996: Champion

1997-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

RAIDERS:

1991: Wilson

1992-1995: Starter

1996-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

EAGLES:

1992-1996: Russell

1997-1998: Starter

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

STEELERS:

1993-1996: Starter

1997-2000: Nike

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

RAMS:

1993-1996: Russell

1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

CHARGERS:

1993: Russell

1994-1998: Starter

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

49ERS:

1991-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1998: Reebok

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

SEAHAWKS:

1989-1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

BUCCANEERS:

1992-1994: Russell

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1997: Wilson

1998-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

OILERS/TITANS:

1989: Russell

1992-1993: Russell

1994: Wilson

1995: Wilson Staff

1996-1997: Wilson

1998: Logo Athletic

1999-2000: Puma

2001-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

REDSKINS:

1990: MacGregor

1991-1996: Starter

1997: Wilson

1998: Starter

1999-2001: Adidas

2002-2010: Reebok

2011 (scheduled): Reebok

2012 (scheduled): Nike

That's what I have...

so how many of these companies actually manufactured the uniforms as opposed to keeping the same manufacturer and slapping a new logo on it?

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None, so far as I know.

Ripon made (makes?) all on-field jerseys, to the specs of the manufacturer, going back a while.

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I thought that the Redskins used Nike at one point or at the very least sold Nike replicas at the stadium.

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There was a time, before the exclusive NFL contract, when teams would sell replicas made by more than one manufacturer.

In the early 1990s, you could get Packers replicas with Starter, Wilson or (I think) Nike logos on the sleeve. All at the same store.

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so how many of these companies actually manufactured the uniforms as opposed to keeping the same manufacturer and slapping a new logo on it?

None, so far as I know.

Ripon made (makes?) all on-field jerseys, to the specs of the manufacturer, going back a while.

I don't know what the breakdown is now, or if there is exclusivity, but Ripon hasn't been the sole manufacturer of NFL jerseys in the last decade. The old Champion plant in New York, reborn as American Classic Outfitters, has produced jerseys for NFL and NBA teams in recent years. A story from 2002 mentions some of the specific team names:

Wilson has traditionally manufactured their stuff in-house, too. I believe they are doing alot of outsourced work for Under Armour's college stuff right now. Check out the video on their site about their uniform factory and at the 1:27 and 2:03 marks you can see Arizona Cardinals jerseys they made complete with Reebok vectors.

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Timmy B

Do you have any info as to why the Vikings used both Wilson and Reebok in the early 90s. I don't recall seeing reebok's logo

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Timmy B

Do you have any info as to why the Vikings used both Wilson and Reebok in the early 90s. I don't recall seeing reebok's logo

smith03,

That should have said RUSSELL and not Reebok. My bad and I revised the listing.

As to why a dual usage? I really don't know.

One item, unrelated to the Vikings deal.

I think the NFL's exclusive contract with Reebok actually started in 2001 as opposed to 2002. However, Adidas had agreements with several teams (at least the Redskins, Buccaneers, Patriots off the top of my head) that ran thru 2001. I guess the NFL decided to honor that and once the Adidas agreements ended, then Reebok took over those teams.

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The exclusive deal did indeed start in 2001.

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