Patriotic theme unveiled
in Texans' first uniforms
By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff
"Love you Blue" is just a distant memory.
Houston professional football fans must come up with a new motto for their
favorite football team, the
Rich R. Risma/The Daily
Excited fans gather at the
entrance to the Wortham Center in downtown Houston on Tuesday to witness
the unveiling of the Houston Texans'
first NFL uniforms.
The Texans, the first new NFL team of
the 21st century, unveiled their first uniforms Tuesday evening before
thousands of screaming and
The uniforms combine deep steel blue jerseys
with white pants and red trim for home games and liberty white jerseys
with deep steel blue pants
and red trim for away games. Both have
a blue helmet.
The color schemes emphasize all three of
the club's colors -- battle red, liberty white and deep steel blue -- on
a classic National Football
"We believe we have developed uniforms
that will serve as a tangible symbol for fans throughout the area and around
the country," Texans
founder Bob McNair said. "The team's name,
logo and new uniforms reflect traits that make us proud to be Texans --
independence, courage and achievement."
Speaking in reference to the terrorist
attack on America, McNair added, "I think each of those traits has been
evident in every Texan and every
American during the past 14 days."
Texans general manager Charley Casserly,
Texans head coach Dom Capers and Houston Mayor Lee Brown were among the
on stage with McNair during the unveiling
Wayne Mash, a sophomore engineering major
at UH, was on hand to witness the unveiling.
"I'm really excited. I'll definitely come
out to support them when they come into the league," Mash said. "(The uniform's)
not bad. I like it, but they
could have done a little better on it."
Alto Gary, the Texans' cheerleading coordinator,
was excited at the unveiling.
"We'll be largely out among the community
for the next year because we don't have any players, so we're basically
the outreach from the team to
the community," Gary said.
UH freshman Pat Paisley, an electrical
engineering major and a member of the 5-Star event staff, which provided
security for the unveiling, was
also on hand to view the ceremony.
"I saw the cheerleaders, that's it. I'll
definitely be watching the games," Paisley said with enthusiasm.
The Texans have uniforms, but no players.
The team will select its first players in a special Expansion Draft tentatively
scheduled for Feb. 18 at
the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The Texans will don their uniforms for
the first time in August at the NFL's annual Pro Football Hall of Fame
Game in Canton, Ohio.