NFL Authentic Jersey License Timeline

During the 90’s multiple manufacturers had the ability to make replica jerseys under their brand. I’ll do a post where I start to hobble this information together as I acquire it. (if I can acquire it) The Authentic timeline is significantly more muddy than the NBA license, thus, I’ve split up the timeline by teams.

Arizona (St. Louis) Cardinals

1992 – 1996: Russell

1997 – 1997: Wilson

1998 – 1998: Logo Athletic

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Atlanta Falcons

1991 – 1991 Champion

1992 – 1997: Russell

1998 – 1998: Reebok

1999 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok 

Baltimore Ravens

1996 – 1996: Russell

1997 – 1998: Starter

1999 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Buffalo Bills

1988 – 1996: Champion

1997 – 1997: Wilson

1998 – 1998: Logo Athletic

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Chicago Bears

1992 – 1992: Wilson

1993 – 1996: Champion

1997 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Cincinnati Bengals

1989 – 1996: Champion

1997 – 1997: Wilson

1998 – 1998: Champion

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Cleveland Browns

1990 – 1990: MacGregor Sand Knit

1992 – 1995: Russell

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Dallas Cowboys

1990 – 1992: Russell

1993 – 1994: APEX

1995 – 1995: Nike (no logo displayed)

1996 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Denver Broncos

1989 – 1994: Wilson

1995 – 1995: Wilson Staff

1996 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Detroit Lions:

1990 – 1990: MacGregor Sand Knit

1991 – 1992: Wilson

1993 – 1994: APEX

1995 – 1998: Reebok

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Green Bay Packers

1992 – 1996: Starter

1997 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Houston Texans

2002 – 2011: Reebok

Indianapolis Colts

1987 – 1992: Champion

1993 – 1994: Wilson

1995 – 1995: Wilson Staff

1996 – 1997: Wilson

1998 – 1998: Logo Athletic

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Jacksonville Jaguars

1995 – 1995: Wilson Staff

1996 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Kansas City Chiefs

1989 – 1994: Wilson

1995 – 1995: Wilson Staff

1996 – 1996: Wilson

1997 – 1998: Reebok

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Miami Dolphins

1990 – 1994: Wilson

1995 – 1995: Wilson Staff

1996 – 1996: Wilson

1997 – 1998: Starter

1999 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Minnesota Vikings

1990 – 1991: Wilson & Russell

1992 – 1992: Wilson

1993 – 1993: Russell

1994 – 1998: Starter

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

New England Patriots

1993 – 1994: APEX

1995 – 1998: Starter

1999 – 2001: Adidas

2002 – 2011: Reebok

New Orleans Saints

1990 – 1996: Champion

1997 – 1998: Reebok

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

New York Giants

1992 – 1994: APEX

1995 – 1998: Reebok

1999 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Oakland (Los Angeles) Raiders

1991 – 1991: Wilson

1992 – 1995: Starter

1996 – 2000: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Philadelphia Eagles

1992 – 1996: Russell

1997 – 1998: Starter

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Pittsburgh Steelers

1993 – 1996: Starter

1997 – 2010: Nike

2001 – 2011: Reebok

St. Louis (Los Angeles) Rams

1993 – 1996: Russell

1997 – 1997: Wilson

1998 – 1998: Logo Athletic

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

San Diego Chargers

1993 – 1993: Russell

1994 – 1998: Starter

1999 – 2001: Adidas

2002 – 2011: Reebok

San Francisco 49ers

1991 – 1994: Wilson

1995 – 1995: Wilson Staff

1996 – 1998: Reebok

1999 – 2001: Adidas

2002 – 2011: Reebok

Seattle Seahawks

1989 – 1994: Wilson

1995 – 1995: Wilson Staff

1996 – 1997: Wilson

1998 – 1998: Logo Athletic

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1992 – 1994: Russell

1995 – 1995: Russell Staff

1996 – 1997: Wilson

1998 – 2001: Adidas

2002 – 2011: Reebok

Tennessee (Houston) Titans

1989 – 1989: Russell

1992 – 1993: Russell

1994 – 1994: Wilson

1995 – 1995: Wilson Staff

1996 – 1997: Wilson

1998 – 1998: Logo Athletic

1999 – 2000: Puma

2001 – 2011: Reebok

Washington Redskins 

1990 – 1990: MacGregor Sand Knit

1991 – 1996: Starter

1997 – 1997: Wilson

1998 – 1998: Starter

1999 – 2001: Adidas

2002 – 2011: Reebok

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NBA Jersey License Timeline

Pre 1984: Medalist Sand-Knit

1985: MacGregor Sand-Knit

1989-1990: Champion is the exclusive uniform outfitter (some players wore Sand-Knit this season)

1997-1998: Champion is the sole provider of replica jerseys

1997-1998: Champion outfits; Atlanta, Indiana, LA Clippers, New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Utah & Vancouver (Authentics)

1997-1998: Nike outfits; Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, LA Lakers, Miami, Portland, San Antonio, Toronto & Washington (Authentics)

1997-1998: Starter outfits; Charlotte, Cleveland, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York & Sacramento (Authentics)

1999-2000: Puma takes over Starters authentic licensed teams

2000-2001: Puma takes over Starters authentic licensed teams

2001-2002: Champion outfits Atlanta, LA Clippers, New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Utah & Vancouver

2001-2002: Reebok outfits Charlotte, Cleveland, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York, Sacramento, Indiana & Seattle

2001-2002: Nike oufits Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, LA Lakers, Miami, Portland, San Antonio, Toronto & Washington (Authentics)

2002-2003: Reebok takes over all of Champion’s team from the previous year.

2002-2003: Champion does not make any replica jerseys starting this season. Reebok takes over the license for all replica jerseys.

2004-2005: Nike’s contract with their teams end and Reebok becomes the exclusive uniform outfitter to the NBA.

2006-2007: Adidas is the exclusive uniform outfitter after the purchase of Reebok