The Orange Crush Returns

Their fans spoke and the team listened, the Denver Broncos will officially be wearing orange as their regular home jerseys beginning with the 2012 NFL season.

The Broncos had sought permission from the league to make the jersey swap, relegating the former two-time Super Bowl champion home blue uniforms to mere “alternate jersey” status and will be worn only 1-2 times next season.

It was not clear if this announcement also meant the end of the blue pants for the team but it seems very unlikely that the team would ever wear anything other than white pants from this point on.

Denver Broncos president Joe Ellis explained the reason for the change, “This is what our fans wanted, and we’re going to accommodate their wishes starting with 2012”.

The Denver Broncos sporting orange uniforms in the 1970s

The Broncos took the field for the first time in orange uniforms to begin their third season in the American Football League back in 1962, from that season up until the end of the 1996 season it was all orange, all the time in Denver.

In the Summer of 1997, a total logo and uniform re-branding courtesy Nike occurred which toned back the use of orange to nothing more than a secondary colour on the logo and uniforms.

For the 2002 season the team re-introduced an orange uniform to be worn 1-2 times a season; the popularity of this uniform is what spurred the change that will be in place for 2012.

 

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7 Responses to The Orange Crush Returns

  1. The orange jersey in the modern styling looks horrendous — at least on TV. I suspect what the fans want are the memories of the Orange Crush. If they go back to orange as a primary jersey, they should follow in the footsteps of
    Buffalo with something new that resembles something old.

  2. Aaron says:

    Going back to the orange jerseys is a good idea, but I agree they should follow the Bills’ footsteps with something practically old and new. Keep the logo and helmet as is. They look cool especially in navy. By all means use the blue jerseys as an alternate. After all, the Broncos won two Super Bowls in them. Here’s my suggestion to the uniform change…

    Block numbers seem to suit the Broncos well as it did with their old uniforms, especially the orange.

    For a game or two a year, maybe use the 1976 to early 1990’s uniforms as a throwback jersey. The blue can still be an alternate jersey.

  3. Douglas says:

    They need to get a new look along with this change, it looks decent when the Navy is the dominant color but with the orange jerseys it looks bad. They need to either change up the design (I suggest going back to AFL orange jerseys with the blue and white sleeves), or go lighter with the blue (something like what the Giants are currently using)

  4. Joel says:

    I really like the new orange jerseys, and I’m really excited to have the orange back as the primary color for the Broncos.

    Plus, Sports Authority Field at Mile High looks FANTASTIC when all of the fans are wearing orange (as opposed to the current mis-matching of orange, blue, and white).

  5. ARTnSocal says:

    Aaron said,

    By all means use the blue jerseys as an alternate. After all, the Broncos won two Super Bowls in them. Here’s my suggestion to the uniform change…

    Block numbers seem to suit the Broncos well as it did with their old uniforms, especially the orange.

    For a game or two a year, maybe use the 1976 to early 1990′s uniforms as a throwback jersey. The blue can still be an alternate jersey.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    No NFL team is permitted to have more than 3 jerseys Aaron, so forget about your throwback idea. They’ve already committed to the current navy jersey as their alternate uniform. They could wear them with either the blue or white pants, but No team can have both an alternate & throwback set, it’s one or the other.

    The numbers they currently wear suit them well IMO.

    All Denver is doing is what Tennessee did a few years ago, switching the primary and alternate jerseys, nothing more.

  6. David says:

    John Elway was not a fan of the navy blue pants, which was part of the uniform overhaul in 1997, but was not introduced until 2003.

    Now that he’s in charge as the Executive VP of Football Operations, I highly doubt that the Broncos will wear the navy blue pants for any of their remaining home games for the 2011 season (excluding the October 30 game vs. the Detroit Lions, which will be the last time that orange will be worn as the alternate jersey), or when navy blue becomes the new alternate jersey next season.

    Additionally, the navy blue pants would not aesthetically match with the orange or white jerseys.

    Hmm…I wonder if the Broncos will come out with an all-orange combination sometime down the road – orange pants with the navy blue streaks, which would kind of duplicate the Boise State Broncos.

  7. Rob says:

    The Broncos still have one of the Lamest jerseys in the NFL, along with The Vikings, Cardinals and Falcons. They all suck!

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