Return of kelly green jerseys? Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles making a push

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wants to see the team return to kelly green jerseys. Simon Bruty/ALLSPORT

PHOENIX -- Philadelphia Eagles fans have long championed for the return of kelly green uniforms. Though his latest attempt was denied, owner Jeffrey Lurie is determined to grant that wish.

The Eagles owner confirmed that the organization's recent proposal that would allow teams to wear alternative helmets was in the name of getting the kelly green uniforms back into the mix.

"I want to see us use kelly green as our alternate and Thursday night type of uniform," he said at the league's annual meeting Tuesday. "And the only thing blocking us is we can't use the kelly green helmet yet. So that's what we're waiting for. We're going to keep pushing at it."

The team withdrew the proposal from consideration this week because they were told that it wasn't going to pass. But there is support around the league for this, per Lurie, and the hope is that they'll be able to have it passed by next March.

"We're going to keep at it because we're really determined," he said.

Asked whether there is any thought to going back to kelly green as their main jersey, Lurie noted that he wanted to do a trial run first for a few games to see if people liked it.

The reasons why there is resistance from the league to allow for an alternative helmet is "complicated," Lurie said, declining to get into details.

The Eagles' classic kelly green jerseys were traded in for "midnight green" in the mid-90s. There has been a groundswell of support to bring back the old look, with droves of fans taking to social media and even signing petitions to try to get kelly green back into the fold.

"It's overwhelming for me, too. I would love to see it," said Lurie. "I love the midnight green, I think it's great, but I also want the kelly green. I would love to have both and have us some games have one and some games have the other. I think it's more fun."

Not to mention, more lucrative from a merchandising standpoint.