Jeff Lurie says bringing back kelly green jerseys still a ‘high priority'


PHOENIX — The kelly green dream is still alive. 

At his annual availability with reporters at the NFL owners meetings, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the Eagles are still working on finding a way to bring back the very popular kelly green jerseys. 

“We’re working on that hard. High priority,” Lurie said. “I don’t know if it’ll get done for the 2019 season, but I have some hopes for the 2020 season.” 

Lurie again confirmed their goal is to bring back kelly green jerseys as an alternate, “at this point.” 

This is a saga that has been ongoing for the last couple of years, dating back to a rule proposal from the Eagles back in 2017 that would allow teams to use multiple helmets. They withdrew the proposal before it reached a vote. That’s the holdup right now; the league prohibits teams from using multiple helmets and the Eagles’ helmet is midnight green, an obvious fashion clash with a kelly green jersey. 

This is the second year in a row, Lurie said he thought it was somewhat doubtful the jerseys would be brought back for the next season but was optimistic about the following season. 

At least one prominent player would clearly be on board.

At last year’s owners meetings in Orlando, I tracked down competition committee chairman Rich McKay, who said the opposition to a new rule was a safety issue. It’s an antiquated rule from when the league was worried that every player be fitted correctly for just one helmet. It seems crazy that the NFL, with it’s billions of dollars, couldn’t maintain standards for multiple helmets per player. 

Last year, McKay seemed optimistic the rule would eventually change. 

Lurie, in recent years, has consistently said he wants to bring back the kelly green jerseys, but only if they have helmets to match. 

At this point, I’ll believe it when I see it. But Lurie annually keeps hope alive. 

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