Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Cardinals show off major uniform makeover
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals are ready to
leave their lackluster history in the desert behind, starting with
The team unveiled its first total uniform redesign in over a
century on Wednesday, showing off six combinations of red and white
jerseys and pants.
"I love everything about the uniforms, man," said linebacker
Karlos Dansby, one of six players who modeled the initial public
showing at a Scottsdale hotel. "And, once I found out you could do
six different combinations with them, I was really impressed."
Without changing the basic color scheme except to add thin black
stripes, the Cardinals managed to make their old uniforms look
The new ones look a lot like the ones the Denver Broncos
introduced several years ago, with a swooshy, tapering stripe on
the side of the pants and yoking under the sleeves.
"We're going to be fast, aggressive, daring, dynamic and
sleek," team vice president Michael Bidwill said.
The Cardinals changed their bird-head logo in January to make it
The Cardinals were 6-10 last year -- their 15th losing season in
Arizona -- and some of the players thought the change was a good
idea simply to break with the past.
"I think it's an example of how we're trying to turn the corner
and change things up, change the perspective of what the Cardinals
are all about," new quarterback Kurt Warner said. "I think the
uniform is a great way to start on it."
Pro Bowl defensive end Bertrand Berry thought the psychological
boost of wearing attractive uniforms would give everyone an edge on
"I think the rest of the guys, once they see them, they're
going to be very excited about it," Berry said. "It definitely
has something to say about how you look out on the field, a
different approach to the game, and you feel better about
The yoke, sleeves and jersey side panels are made of a
nylon-lycra blend that allow for snug fit without stretching out,
while the jersey torso is made of a special weave that allows the
holes to open wider, wisk moisture away from the skin and open up
to admit more air.
"These are not only going to be what I believe will be the
coolest uniforms in the NFL, but nobody is going to have a more
high-performance uniform than what we have," Bidwill said.
The change was the first for the basic red jersey since 1901,
when then-owner Chris O'Brien bought used jerseys from the
University of Chicago and announced that the faded maroon tops were
Bidwill said the last real redesign for the white jerseys was in
"Anything was better than the old ones," defensive tackle
Darnell Dockett said. "Uniforms don't make the player, the player
makes the uniform. But this is a good chance right here, as far as
the offseason workouts are going on, we're wearing our new uniforms
and we're ready to take the team to another level. It feels real
good to be a part of history."