Old Navy is known for its denim wear and its cheesy commercials. It isn’t, however, known for its knowledge of sports history. A new Old Navy T-Shirt mistakenly states that the Houston Texans won the 1961 AFC Championship.
The company has been alerted about the T-Shirt mistake and will be pulling the shirt from its stores and website.
Edie Kissko, a spokesperson for Gap Inc., which owns Old Navy, said:
“The NFL clothing sold in our Old Navy stores is created by a third party sports licensing company … It is our intention to always provide the best merchandise to our customers and NFL fans. We apologize for this error and are removing the T-shirts.”
ESPN reports that there are a few mistakes on the T-Shirt. Most glaringly, the Texans didn’t exist in the 1960s. The Texans didn’t start playing in the NFL until 2002. Secondly, the AFC didn’t exist in 1961. The AFC was created in 1970. In 1961, the Houston Oilers won the AFL title. Not the Texans. And not the AFC.
The NY Daily News reports that this is the second Old Navy T-Shirt mistake in the last month. In August, the company reprinted several college shirts that used incorrect grammar. Old Navy had to reprint several shirts after printing slogans like “Lets Go Stanford” instead of “Let’s Go Stanford.”
What do you think of the 1961 AFC Championship shirt? Will this become a collector’s item for fans of the Texans?