Vintage Rutgers football uniforms

Vintage Rutgers football uniforms

12 Ağustos 2018 - 02:00

Before we take you through a stroll down memory lane with a look at Rutgers football uniforms through the decades, here's a quick history lesson.

Rutgers was a pioneer in identifying its athletics teams with an official school color.

In May, 1869 — six months before Rutgers played Princeton on Nov. 6, 1869, in the first intercollegiate football game — the university’s student newspaper, The Targum, first proposed scarlet as the official school color.

University officials adopted it a few months later and scarlet was said to be picked because it’s a striking color and because a good scarlet ribbon could easily be obtained.

As a result, the Rutgers men who played in the first football game wore scarlet-colored turbans and kerchiefs for team identification.

Keith Sargeant | NJ Advance Media for

As you'll see from the following photos, Rutgers' football uniforms have drastically changed through the years.

But one thing has remained consistent: the home jerseys have been scarlet.

Following a search through The Star-Ledger archives as well as Rutgers football media guides since 1940, here's a look at some vintage Rutgers football uniforms:


Here is a William Boyd's rendering of the first intercollegiate football game, played between Rutgers and Princeton, on Nov. 6, 1869.

Although the squad didn’t wear scarlet shirts, the custom of wearing unified caps became a tradition that other schools copied until more-protective headgear was incorporated.

Source: Rutgers University media guide

Rutgers was known as the Queensmen in its early years, a name derived from its original name, Queen's College.

The 1882 team finished 6-4. William J. Chamberlain served as captain.


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