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The last time the Green Bay Packers saw Philip Rivers (above), he was wearing a Los Angeles Chargers uniform and was turning back the clock on them in a 26-11 victory in which Rivers was 21 of 28 for 294 yards with a 108.3 quarterback rating. That was last year, as the Chargers handed the Packers one of their three regular-season losses, and now Rivers is leading the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay defense is hoping to avoid a rerun with the potential Pro Football Hall of Famer, who ranks fifth all-time in NFL history in passing yards.

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Receives his championship ring during his first appearance at Chicago Stadium since his retirement. The team wears black patches on their uniforms that season in honor of James Jordan.

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New coach Gene Ronzani uses three varying uniform sets, including an all-green uniform.

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New coach Vince Lombardi alters the uniforms to resemble what is seen today.

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Worn for two years and were the inspiration for the alternate uniforms worn in the 2014 season.

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Addition of yellow helmets for the first time — blue jerseys with no number on the front started in 1931.

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The thin navy stripes on the sleeves were replaced with a blue bar across the shoulders.

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Dark blue jerseys with ACME PACKERS in gold across the front. No numbers on the uniforms.

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Today uniform changes are no longer as simple as checking fabric samples. The NFL's creative division, first started by then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle in the 1960s, helps teams design new looks in a process that can take up to five years. Tampa Bay had the biggest redesign, switching from white and creamsicle orange with a pirate in 1996 to a waving, tattered flag with pewter and red colors in 1997. The Bucs tweaked that again in March 2014.

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Then there are perceived jinxes regarding uniforms. When Seattle lost to Chicago at home early in 2009, the Seahawks didn't wear the neon-green jerseys again, with then-coach Jim Mora having a simple answer: "We didn't win in them."

While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about six years old. Looking up and down a…

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