Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Infante Stripe, 1991

The Green Bay Press-Gazette continues to come through with another great photo archive, this time from the dark days of 1991, as the Packers traveled to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.

The uniforms those Packers are wearing are virtually identical to those worn today, with two significant exceptions: the extra pre-1997 sleeve stripes; and the socks.

From 1988 through 1991 the Packers wore green socks with one gold ring. No matter how a player wore his socks, be it low whites or high white tape, the gold stripe sat almost right at the bottom of the green.

This single gold stripe was added by new head coach Lindy Infante in his first season in Green Bay. Infante, like other coaches before him, put his own stamp on the Pack's uniforms. Infante's stamp was a subtle one, but the sock stripe helps us date photos to his era.

The Press-Gazette also gives us a bonus shot of Infante on the sideline. Nice shirt.

His expression tells the story; the Packers went 4-12, and new General Manager Ron Wolf fired Infante at the end of the season. 1992 would see a series of major changes for the Packers — new head coach Mike Holmgren, new backup quarterback Brett Favre... and solid green socks.

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