Welcome to the MVictors Uniform Timeline where below you will find a descenhttp://mvictors.com/images/2014/UGP.pngding timeline of changes to the Michigan football team uniforms over the years.

Current Timeline is here (2010-current)  |  2000-2009 – Click here  |  1990-1999 – Click here  | 1980-1989 – Click here  | 1970-1979 – Click here  | 1940-1969 – Click here   |  1867-1939 – Click here

January 2, 1989 | Pasadena, CA | Rose Bowl vs. USC

JERSEY:  White jerseys – shoulders decorated with maize block ‘M’ logo flanked by roses with stems, ‘Big Ten Champions’ script on right, ‘Rose Bowl 1989’ on left.
1989 Rose Bowl Jersey Shoulders

1989 Rose Bowl

January 2, 1988 | Tampa, FL| Hall of Fame Bowl vs. Alabama
JERSEY: Hall of Fame Bowl logo patch on left chest

1988 Hall of Fame Bowl


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’.

Jim Harbaugh 1987 Rose Bowl

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.

1986 Michigan Fiesta Bowl

September 25, 1985 | Ann Arbor, MI | vs. Maryland
HELMET:  Helmet vendor brand names (BIKE, etc.) on nosebumper replaced by blue ‘MICHIGAN’ label:


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).

Michigan Helmet Sticker - 1985-1994



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.

1984 Sugar Bowl - Michigan uniforms

1983 | Ann Arbor, MI
SHOES:  Nike becomes the exclusive shoe provider. Zoom in on the 1983 team photo or check out Bo here:

Bo Schembechler Nikes

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.

For more:
2000-2009 – Click here
1990-1999 – Click here
1980-1989 – Click here
1970-1979 – Click here
1940-1969 – Click here
1867-1939 – Click here


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