Chargers uniform for Thursday. Image via Chargers
Chargers uniform for Thursday. Image via Chargers

The San Diego Chargers will wear royal blue “Color Rush” uniforms when they play host to the Denver Broncos Oct. 13 for a “Thursday Night Football” game at Qualcomm Stadium, the NFL team announced Wednesday.

To compliment the royal blue jerseys, pants, socks and shoes, the players will also wear helmets with gold facemasks that were also worn during the team’s “Air Coryell” era from 1978-84.

The game will be the first time the Chargers have worn royal blue since 1984. They switched to navy blue in 1985.

“We met with Nike and went through several options,” said President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos. “Wearing the royal blue was an idea that we got really excited about. It’s a color from our past that is synonymous with an era we all feel fondly about. It is something we think the fans will enjoy seeing again.”

The NFL partnered with Nike to launch the Color Rush program in 2015 where players wear apparel from neck to toe in one of the team’s current or historic colors on Thursday night games.

All of the NFL proceeds from the sale of Color Rush jerseys will go directly to the NFL Foundation, the league’s nonprofit organization, to fund health, safety and wellness programs for youth around the nation.

The NFL Foundation funds grants to support athletes, youth football and the communities. The first $500,000 raised from this initiative will be earmarked to replace youth and high school football equipment and fields lost in last month’s floods in Louisiana.

The Chargers also announced that for the fifth consecutive season they will wear white pants with white jerseys for their home opener and ask fans to wear white for what the team dubs “White Hot Sunday.”

The Chargers are 3-1 in their previous “White Hot Sunday” games including a 33-28 victory over the Detroit Lions last season.

—City News Service