The New England Patriots, first known as the Boston Patriots, entered the league in 1960, and have made several uniform modifications since then. The nickname "Patriots" was selected by a panel of Boston sportswriters in a contest to name the team.
In that first year, the Boston Patriots donned a white helmet with a three cornered hat logo that featured the player's numbers below that hat. That helmet logo was scratched by the next season and the football hiking patriot was introduced.
60's - 90's Uniform
The new uniforms included a bright blue jersey with white letters and red trim. The helmet became silver and had a smooth patriot logo on the side of the helmet it is present today.
The New England Patriots have retired the following jerseys: #20 Gino Cappelletti, #40 Mike Haynes, #56 Andre Tippett; #57 Steve Nelson, #73 John Hannah, #78 Bruce Armstrong; #79 Jim Lee Hunt, and #89 Bob Dee.