Patriots Wearing Retro Jerseys, Pat The Patriot In Game Against Lions

Wide receivers Julian Edelman and Wes Welker wearing the throwback jerseys during a game against the Lions in 2012. Photo: Getty Images

FOXBORO, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — For the first time since 2012, the Patriots are wearing their throwback uniforms for Sunday's game. The team last broke out the jerseys for a 2012 Thanksgiving weekend game, also against the Lions.

The "Pat the Patriot" logo is the brainchild of Phil Bissell, a 96-year-old Rockport man who was a sports cartoonist at the Boston Globe in 1960. He was tasked with coming up with an image after the team announced their new name, the "Boston Patriots."

"As soon as it appeared in the Globe, Billy Sullivan, who owned the Patriots, asked the sports editor if he could get the original," he told WBZ's Kendall Buhl.

Bissell was paid a hundred dollars for his creation.

"It was only 45 minutes to make him, but where he has ended up over the years, it has been very interesting," Bissell said. The logo was phased out for the current "Flying Elvis" logo in 1993.

WBZ's Kendall Buhl (@WBZKendall) reports:

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