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).
“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 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