The worst jersey in 49ers history will surprise no one

There is an ugly 49ers helmet design out there, but the red, gold and black alternates introduced in 2015 were pretty awful.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (L) and running back Carlos Hyde (R)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (L) and running back Carlos Hyde (R) / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

Those RGB alternate 49ers jerseys from the mid 2010s easily claim the top spot on worst jerseys in franchise history.

The San Francisco 49ers own one of the most iconic uniforms in all of sports. And their current throwbacks, paying homage to the Super Bowl-winning 1994 squad, are also perfect.

Fortunately, the Niners haven't delved too deep into the pool of changing uniform schemes. While the darker crimson red of the late 1990s and early 2000s was a downgrade in contrast to the bright reds from the 1960s through the mid 1990s (readopted in 2009), nearly every standard jersey San Francisco has had needs almost no change whatsoever.

That all said, there is one jersey scheme most fans would prefer forgetting about.

It happens to be a throwback uniform, one the 49ers only adopted for three short years before abandoning it altogether.

49ers' red, gold and black alternates were worst uniform in franchise history

In 2015, the NFL experimented with a color-rush alternate uniform across the league that would add a bit of flair to the newly created Thursday Night Football slate of games.

A game between the all-red Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the all-yellow St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams would look like the "condiment bowl," a showdown between ketchup and mustard.

Alas, the Niners' own adoption into the color-rush scheme was pretty dreadful in its own right, an alternate uniform that maintained the same font and red color for jersey numbers, names and piping but switched the base color to black on both the tops and pants.

There was no outline border on the numbers, meaning the red and black would easily blend from a distance, making it difficult to contrast the two colors, which led to many a fan struggling to identify who the player was, exactly.

The helmet wasn't changed either, which led to a weird contrast between the red and black uniforms and a gold, red and white helmet.


No wonder USA Today's For the Win classified it as the worst jersey in San Francisco's history by saying, "Every 49ers jersey is iconic. Except for these, which just sorta exist."

OK, there are plenty of fans out there who loved this alternate, even if the Niners ditched it after the 2017 season in favor of their currently awesome home and away throwbacks. And fans can still catch plenty of other fans taking the black when visiting Levi's Stadium on Sundays.

Fortunately, this is about the only abomination from San Francisco's long list of uniforms and logos.

Thankfully, the 49ers never fully adopted this monstrosity:

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