Why Patriots players are ‘thrilled’ to wear red throwback jerseys


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Patriots fans can’t wait to see the return of the beloved red jerseys this season. And the New England players are there with them.

Last worn in 2012, the iconic “Pat Patriot” jerseys will be used twice in 2022: when the Patriots host the Detroit Lions on October 9, and again on December 1 when the Buffalo Bills visit Gillette Stadium. The return of jerseys was made possible by the NFL’s removal of an unnecessary rule introduced nearly a decade ago.

Ahead of Friday’s practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University, several Patriots players were asked if they were looking forward to wearing the jerseys for the first time.

“Yeah, I think it’ll be cool,” third-year cornerback Myles Bryant said. “Growing up, you know, seeing the Patriots back then wearing those jerseys. Of course, I didn’t see it when it was their default jersey, but I did see it when Tom Brady wore it once a season.

“So I think it’s going to be a pretty cool experience.”

Hunter Henry added: “Yeah, definitely. These are pretty plains. So excited to eventually wear them.

The Patriots aren’t the only ones benefiting from the NFL’s long-awaited rule change. A total of 13 teams will debut and/or reintroduce alternate looks in 2022.


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