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Super Bowl Patches Sewn On

Posted Jan 22, 2014

The special Super Bowl XLVIII patches were sewn onto the Broncos' familiar, orange home jerseys on Tuesday.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos will bring their familiar, orange home jerseys with them to the Super Bowl, but those jerseys will travel out East with one key modification: they’ll include a recognizable Super Bowl XLVIII patch.

The patches were sewn onto the jerseys on Tuesday at Hilda’s Fine Tailoring, a Centennial-based tailoring establishment run by Hilda Mayr, who has mended and worked on the Broncos’ jerseys since 1999.

Mayr noted that the patches, which are pre-fused onto the jersey, only took about five minutes each to sew – a measure to ensure that the patches stay on during the game. 

“Each patch is fused on first – on the left side, the left chest. Then, once it’s fused on, we just tack it on a little bit all around,” she said, before chuckling, “Because it could come off and we don’t want that in the Super Bowl.”

Because the patches are pre-fused, Mayr noted that sewing them on is mostly an easy process, although the top part of the design – which features the Vince Lombardi Trophy rising above a graphic of MetLife Stadium and the New York skyline – is the trickiest section.  

The Super Bowl patches are far from her most labor-intensive projects involving tending to Broncos jerseys, however.

Mayr noted that she receives the jerseys each Tuesday after a game to perform repairs, which take between three-to-six hours.

“Sometimes when it’s a rough game, we have a lot of repairs,” she said.

And when asked which player’s jersey requires the most mending, Mayr paid a bit of a compliment to the job the offensive line has done with protecting quarterback Peyton Manning.

“Not Peyton,” she said.