Stripes are in, apparently, for the Bears’ 100th season.
The Bears on Friday unveiled a classic alternate uniform they will wear twice in 2019 to commemorate their 100th season.
It’s a replica of what the team wore in 1936, complete with three orange stripes from front to back on the navy helmet and bumblebee-striped navy and orange socks.
The jersey is white with navy numbers. There are navy and orange stripes on the shoulders and short sleeves. The pants are solid navy. On the left breast is the Bears100 patch that also will be featured on the team’s standard home and road jerseys this season.
All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller debuted the head-to-toe uniform at the opening ceremony of the Bears100 Weekend Celebration in Rosemont.
“Our classic uniform in our centennial season was a one-hit wonder in 1936,” Bears Chairman George McCaskey said in a statement released by the team. “Bronko Nagurski and his teammates wore these on their way to a 9-3 record. We can only imagine what the fans’ reaction was to the uniform way back when. We hope today’s fans like it; they’ll certainly be talking about it.”
Fuller, in full uniform, was the last person to take the stage Friday. He followed 196 players from the 1950s through today’s full 90-man roster. At one point, six Hall of Famers were on stage in their gold jackets — Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus and Richard Dent.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky approved of the replica uniform on the team’s Instagram account, commenting on the announcement with three fire emojis.
The jerseys actually leaked Saturday at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Algonquin, according to a person who tweeted a picture of a new Khalil Mack jersey. But Friday night’s big reveal included the full ensemble, including the striped socks that immediately catch the eye.
The Bears plan to wear the replica uniforms for two home games: Sept. 29 against the Vikings and Dec. 5 against the Cowboys.