Wednesday, Spetember 26, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 25


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
Houston Texans.

Rich R. Risma/The Daily Cougar

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
cheering fans.

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
League jersey.

"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 -- pride, strength,
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 many celebrities
on stage with McNair during the unveiling ceremony.

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.

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