Chargers make iconic powder blues their primary home jerseys for 2019

Chargers make iconic powder blues their primary home jerseys for 2019

The Chargers will be changing up their home uniform for the 2019 season by wearing their iconic powder blue jerseys that previously served as an alternate uniform, the team announced Tuesday.

“The sweetest uniform in the NFL,” wide receiver Keenan Allen said, per the team’s website. “Those powder blues, they special. That 13 — Allen on the back — looks sweet.”

The Chargers have worn different variations of the powder blues dating to their inaugural 1960 season in Los Angeles. They used the color scheme until 1974 in San Diego but then brought it back 20 years later as alternate jerseys. 

“All the guys I grew up watching, it was always the powder blues I think of with them. Phil. LT.  Gates,” Allen said, referring to franchise mainstays Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates. “That’s what I’d think of when I thought of the Chargers.”

Linebacker Denzel Perryman added: “That powder blue just brings out something different. It’s my favorite jersey, and that’s what we hear (on the field) whenever we wear them. It just pops. You can’t help but feel good when you wear them.”

The Charges also announced that the players’ helmets will include gold facemasks to go with their powder blue, white and royal blue jerseys. Over the past three seasons, the Chargers wore the gold facemask — acknowledged as the first color facemask in NFL history, introduced in 1974 — whenever the team wore its color rush uniforms.

“It’s (what you think of when you think of) the Chargers,” cornerback Casey Hayward said. “I remember watching LT and all those guys wearing that color. It just brings back a lot of memories. I’m glad we’re wearing them a lot more this year … and of course I look kind of sweet in it!”

It should be noted the Chargers have gone 4-0 in the iconic powder blue jerseys under coach Anthony Lynn.