Old Navy forced to pull NFL T-shirts falsely claiming Houston Texans as 1961 champions… the team didn't form until 2002
17:00 GMT, 4 September 2012
Old Navy has been forced to pull several of its popular NFL T-shirts after members of the public spotted a number of embarrassing printing errors.
One of the $19.50 sports-themed jerseys, which was available in-store and online incorrectly claimed the Houston Texans as the 1961 AFC Champions.
While the retailer failed to catch the mistake a number of employees and customers pointed out that the team didn't even form until 2002 and it was in fact the Oilers – now the Tennessee Titans – that won the 1961 title.
Printing error: The Old Navy NFL T-shirt incorrectly described the Houston Texans – which formed in 2002 – as the '1961 AFC Champions'
According to The Houston Chronicle employees at Old Navy stores alerted seniors to the problem as early as Saturday and at the time of reporting only one Texans shirt remained available on a mannequin at the company’s Meyerland Plaza store in Houston.
And there were a number of other tees included in the new men's clothing line which featured inaccuracies.
A Cleveland Browns shirt declared the team as 1964 AFC champions however they won the NFL title that year.
While shirts for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs announced them as NFL champions for the 1968 and 1969 seasons, when both won Super Bowls that year, but not as members of the AFL.
On trend: Old Navy recently launched a collectuion of NFL-inspired men's tees
A spokesperson for Gap Inc., which owns the Old Navy brand confirmed that the shirts would be pulled from stores and from the website, adding: '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.'
It isn't the first time that Old Navy has been pulled up over printing errors.
Last year, a series of
women's college football t-shirts sported
an apostrophe error with the slogan 'Lets go!!'.