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My first thought was that the jersey was something the Broncos actually used in the 80s and they'd just gotten the dates wrong, but some quick googling makes me think someone just didn't do their research. The Broncos actually did use a SIMILAR striping pattern towards the end of Jackson's career, but the white and blue stripes were all the same size.

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My first thought was that the jersey was something the Broncos actually used in the 80s and they'd just gotten the dates wrong, but some quick googling makes me think someone just didn't do their research. The Broncos actually did use a SIMILAR striping pattern towards the end of Jackson's career, but the white and blue stripes were all the same size.

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Although it sort of looks like it in the photo above, the blue and white stripes were never the same size. That photo is from either 1976 or 1977, as those were the only years the Broncos wore the socks with three orange stripes outlined in white. The two following pics have a little more detail so we can better see the sleeve striping from those years:

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The team changed the striping pattern to thin blue-thicker white-thin blue in 1989, several years after Jackson retired:

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Although I may seem to be a "homer," I must say that I am not a fan of any of these Broncos's sets. I never liked the original sleeve striping pattern on the home jerseys, and when they finally modified it they kept the old striping on the socks, which made no sense to me! I never liked the orange-blue-orange striping on the white pants, either, and thought it was definitely an upgrade when they switched to blue-thick orange-blue in '85:

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Why do those old jerseys have the NFL shield on the collar? Didn't that start in '91 or '92?

The Dennis Smith jersey (number 49) is from 1993, as you can see from the small tag next to the Wilson tag. I just used that photo as an example of the newer style of sleeve striping. Here's one that I believe is from '89 or so:

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Why do those old jerseys have the NFL shield on the collar? Didn't that start in '91 or '92?

The Dennis Smith jersey (number 49) is from 1993, as you can see from the small tag next to the Wilson tag. I just used that photo as an example of the newer style of sleeve striping. Here's one that I believe is from '89 or so:

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Yep. Has to be either 1989 or 1990.

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Why do those old jerseys have the NFL shield on the collar? Didn't that start in '91 or '92?

It's totally a branding thing. The shield used is a modified "old" shield, with beige subbed in for white to make it look more vintage, or something. Reebok puts it on all their EQT throwbacks, including my Bart Starr Packers jersey.

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