The Nike Pro Combat Uniform Reveal was fairly star studded. Celebrities in attendance included, Chris Fowler, Michael Irvin, Bob Huggins, and other players from the past. Jerard Rabb, of 2007 Fiesta Bowl Fame presented the Boise State Nike Pro Combat Uniform.
The uniform featured a gray jersey with dashes of Blue, which pays homage to the Blue Turf of Bronco Stadium. The concept for the uniforms were presented to Boise State, and were based on the history and tradition of Boise State. I was told the final say about the look of the uniforms fell to AD Gene Bleymaier and Coach Chris Petersen. I suspect this may also be the reason for the lack of orange as Coach Pete has been on record as not being fond of the color.
The Media was treated to an assortment of items, one of which included a book that described the thoughts behind the uniforms. The term “Bleed Blue” has been adopted by the players this year and is used on the straps of the game day gloves and on the palms of the hands. The helmet certainly pops with a new, as Crissie Fields says, “beastly” look.
The uniforms are designed accentuate the players physical traits. They are be brighter and stand out on the live HD broadcasts. The Boise State uniform also includes the BSU “B”. Also in grey the “B” is located on the left knee. The uniform is certainly designed with Boise State in mind. If I have a vote I would like to see the Broncos wearing these Nike Uniforms all season, as the gray jerseys will work well on the Blue while the helmets pop, which could hush critics of Boise States current uniform selection, while playing on the blue turf.
The event was not just about Boise State. Nine other teams were invited and of those my favorites included the following:
- Miami – Michael Irvin introduced the U in a special way. The U is all over the uniform and the Orange and Green looks great together.
- Ohio State – Just the military being incorporated into the uniform makes me proud. Like with BSU the helmet will be noticeable come game day.
- TCU – what can you say about these uniforms. They certainly topped last years design with even more
I was honored to be able to view this event in person and see the level of detail in each uniform. I was able to score some interviews. The three available in this post come from Boise State player Jerard Rabb, Mike Waller and Chris Fowler. Unfortunately I had a technical issue with my version of Chis Fowler, but Stan Brewster from Foto 208 was there to capture the conversation.
Also check out the below video from Boise State’s Marketing Team, as well as a slide show of some photos I took. Additionally, check out the Nike site for more in depth coverage and photos.