Founded in 1946, the San Francisco 49ers have won five Super Bowls and boasted 23 different Pro Football Hall of Famers en route to becoming one of the most storied franchises in the NFL, yet they’ve never had an alternate uniform. Until now.
The Niners’ new uniform goes almost solid-black, representing the “team’s unyielding, aggressive style of play and commitment to success.” In fact in the 1950s, black, along with the now-standard gold, joined the existing official 49ers color scheme of red and white. It’s generally served as an accent color in game uniforms, but it’s recently been used in practice as the primary color on the QB’s jersey — created to represent authority, confidence and power.
From there, players requested that the color transition into game uniforms, and Nike heard them loud and clear. The 49ers’ new alternate is monochromatic black through the jersey and pant, with contrast red detailing on the numbers, letters and sleeve stripes. That ebony aesthetic will be paired with the classic gold helmets, and red-and-white socks finish the look, delivering stunning, on-theme contrast.
The new 49ers black uniform hit select retailers and Nike.com April 28, with a wider release in early-May.