Since 2007, many NFL teams incorporated a "C" patch for team captains, and the number of gold stars filled in represents the number of consecutive years a player has been captain for his team(1).

If he is a captain for his team for the 5th consecutive year, then the "C" on his patch is gold as shown below:

"C" patch

Drew Brees and Eli Manning are entering their 6th consecutive year as captains for their team. What will their "C" patch look like?

  • I've been wondering about this myself... and from everything that I've heard the patch will stay the same even for these players with more captain years than their captain patch can hold. In other forums, people have discussed changing the colors of the stars to denote more time as the captain.. not sure if this will happen or not though. Not necessarily an answer to your question, just what I've heard/found. Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 16:02
  • It would make sense to change the color of the stars. Honestly, I was surprised when the NFL gold plated the "C".
    – user527
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 16:07
  • I search but came up empty, If I had to guess I will say it will stay like this, I guess we will have to see what happen..
    – Dor Cohen
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 8:36
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    That's what I figured @DorCohen. Guess this will be answered come September.
    – user527
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 11:59
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    Pure speculation, but if you're a "5-star general" there's not much point in further recognition. The Wikipedia page basically says "any player who's been a captain for more than four years has a gold C", so my guess is it'll stay like this. They MIGHT be able to squeeze another star into line. Unfortunately the initial design uses white ~= silver as "empty" slots, so they can't make it work similar to the military "oak leaf cluster" and make one silver star equal five gold stars.
    – KeithS
    Commented Jun 26, 2012 at 20:06

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"C" patches for players in their fifth year and sixth year as captain (and in subsequent years, I assume) are very similar, if not the same.

Eli Manning in 2011

  • 5th year captain for the New York Giants
  • Reebok was the NFL's apparel provider

Eli Manning 2011

Eli Manning in 2012

  • 6th year captain for the New York Giants
  • Nike is the NFL's jersey provider and New Era is the NFL's headwear provider

Eli Manning 2012

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