PHOENIX -- Jeff Lurie wants to bring back Kelly green.
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The Eagles owner confirmed on Tuesday evening in Arizona at the annual league meetings that a proposal the Eagles initially submitted last week to allow teams to wear alternate helmets was all about bringing back the fan-favorite jerseys.
For years, fan feedback to reporters about bringing Kelly green jerseys back has been overwhelming.
"It's overwhelming for me too. I would love to see it," Lurie said. "I love the midnight green, I think it's great. But I also want the Kelly green. I'd love for us to have both and some games have one and some games have the other. I think that would be more fun."
The reason the Eagles aren't yet using their Kelly green jerseys is language in the NFL's on-field policy that prohibits teams from wearing alternate helmets. For now, teams are only permitted to wear their primary helmets. And a midnight green helmet atop a Kelly green jersey would be an obvious clash.
The resolution the Eagles proposed, but then withdrew before the competition committee met, would strike that language from the rule and allow teams to wear alternate helmets "in a color to match their third uniform."
Lurie said before the owners' meetings, the Eagles met with the competition committee, which told them the rule wouldn't pass. That's when they decided to withdraw the proposal this year.
But Lurie isn't giving up.
"They are aware that many teams would like to see this," he said. "My hope is that we'll be able to get it done hopefully by next March."
When asked why the league doesn't currently allow alternate helmets to be worn, Lurie declined to get into the specifics, saying it's a "complicated scenario." But he also seemed optimistic that eventually, the Eagles will be back in Kelly green. While Lurie preached patience in football matters, he admitted he's a little more impatient on this topic.
Lurie's plan is to at first try the Kelly green jerseys as an alternate for two or three games, but didn't rule out the possibility of making a full-time switch back to the fan-favorite color.
The last time the Eagles wore Kelly green was in 2010, when they faced the Packers in the 50th anniversary of the 1960 NFL championship.
There would be a way to get around the current rules to wear Kelly green, but Lurie is set on doing it the right way.
"Decals are an option," Lurie said, shaking his head, "but I want a Kelly green helmet. It looks better."