Lions fans unhappy with their grey color 'rush' Thanksgiving uniforms

Joshua Rogers November 24, 2022
Lions fans unhappy with their grey color 'rush' Thanksgiving uniforms
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Detroit Lions fans are not happy with the team’s decision to wear their grey ‘rush’ color uniforms on Thanksgiving this year.

The Lions have played on every single Thanksgiving except for two since 1934. It’s a tradition the Lions have proudly upheld, although their 37-43-2 record makes for pretty grim reading.

The Lions have lost 14 of their past 18 Thanksgiving Day games, which includes last year’s 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears. They have lost five straight Thanksgiving games, dating back to 2016 when they beat the Vikings 16-13.

However, there is optimism they can win this year, despite taking on early Super Bowl favorites the Buffalo Bills. The Lions have won three in a row while the Bills have two of the last three, so maybe fortunes are about to change.

Lions announce grey color ‘rush’ Thanksgiving uniforms

Ahead of the Thanksgiving game vs the Bills, the Lions officially announcer they’d be wearing their ‘rush’ colored uniforms.

The rush uniforms feature silver jerseys with white numbers and blue trim and all-silver pants:

Detroit fans aren’t happy with the color rush uniforms

Reception the color rush uniforms has been mixed at the best of times, with the general consensus being that they’re pretty drab and generally quite dull.

After the Lions announced they’d be wearing the color rush uniforms on Thanksgiving, plenty of fans shared their disappointment, suggesting they wanted to see throwbacks:

Lions’ throwback uniforms explored

Evidently there’s a clamour for the Lions to rock their throwback uniforms on Thanksgiving. In recent years the Lions have worn classic throwback uniforms, which are an ode to the early uniforms from the 1930s.

They feature frill-less blue jerseys with silver numbers and nameplates to go with silver pants and silver helmets with no leaping lion or stripes. 

A version of these were first made popular in the 1990s, which have become a bit of a Thanksgiving Day tradition, although clearly not enough of a tradition to have them this year.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.