Welcome to the MVictors Uniform Timeline where below you will find a descending timeline of changes to the Michigan football team uniforms over the years.
January 2, 1989 | Pasadena, CA | Rose Bowl vs. USC
January 2, 1988 | Tampa, FL| Hall of Fame Bowl vs. Alabama
JERSEY: Hall of Fame Bowl logo patch on left chest
January 1, 1987 | Pasadena, CA | Rose Bowl vs. Arizona State
JERSEY: White jersey, shoulders decorated with maize block ‘M’, rose logo and script ‘Rose Bowl’ and ‘1987’.
January 1, 1986 | Tempe, AZ | Fiesta Bowl vs. Nebraska
JERSEY: Blue jersey, shoulders decorated with bowl logo and sponsor name ‘Fiesta Bowl 1986’ in maize script.
1985-1994 Seasons| Ann Arbor, MI
HELMET: Helmet stickers return with a slight design change. The new stickers feature snarling Wolverine with laces added. Here’s an actual 1985-era decal (via the Dr. Sap archives).
1983-1984 Seasons | Ann Arbor, MI
HELMET: Helmet decals are removed for two seasons, returning in 1985. (See the Case of the Missing Decals for more).
January 1, 1984 | New Orleans, LA | Sugar Bowl vs. Auburn
JERSEY: For the first time, a special bowl patch/logo appears on a Michigan uniform, the one on the shoulder celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sugar Bowl.
1983 | Ann Arbor, MI
SHOES: Nike becomes the exclusive shoe provider. Zoom in on the 1983 team photo or check out Bo here:
1982 Season | Ann Arbor, MI
HELMET: The three stripes now converge at the BOTTOM of the back of the helmet.
1981 Season | Ann Arbor, MI
JERSEY: U-M partners with Champion for their team jerseys. The numeral font on the jersey drastically changes – going from bold BLOCK numbers to a thinner, sleeker and more rounded font.
JERSEY: NCAA bans “tear away” style jerseys.
1980 Season | Ann Arbor, MI
JERSEY: Names appear on the back of both blue and white jerseys per the request of the players.
SHOES: Converse and Pony branded shoes are introduced.