Denver Broncos Orange Jerseys

PunkusAnalyst IMay 28, 2009

DENVER - DECEMBER 7: Wide reiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos was all smiles after catching the game winning touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter of week 14 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 7, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Denver beat Kansas City 24-17.(Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

There are many NFL teams that have orange among their teams colors. It used to be when you would think about the color orange in the NFL, you would think Denver Broncos. I submit that it should be that way once again.

The Bears, the Bengals, the Browns, the Dolphins, and even the old school Buccaneers have had a measure of orange in their uniforms. These teams along with the Broncos have resigned orange to their secondary color. It really only gets showcased in their change of pace jerseys, worn only one or two games a year.

Gone are the days when orange is immediately associated with the Broncos. What happened to the Orange Crush?  What happened to the orange pride? 

To find the answer, lets take a look back.

The Broncos original uniforms were brown helmets, brown pants, white and mustard yellow jerseys with vertically striped socks. These uniforms were vilified by the public and the club eventually got rid of these jerseys two years after they debuted in 1960.

They celebrated the occasion by holding a public bonfire to burn the striped socks.

These uniforms will be revisited this year in honor of the AFL's 50th anniversary for the following games:  Sunday, Oct. 11 New England Patriots (Boston Patriots) at Denver Broncos, and Monday, Oct. 19 Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers in prime time.

The Broncos changed their team colors to orange, blue, and white in 1962 and unveiled a new logo featuring a bucking horse.

In 1968, the Broncos debuted a design that became known as the "Orange Crush." Their logo was redesigned so that the horse was coming out of a "D." The helmets were changed to blue and thin blue stripes were put onto the sleeves.

Denver undated their logo and uniforms once again in 1997—a design that they continue to use to this day. The current logo is a profile of a horse's head. The biggest change was that the Broncos changed their primary uniform color from Orange to Navy Blue.

The press and fans spoke out against the change from the signature color up until the Broncos won their first ever Super Bowl in the newly designed uniforms that same season.

The issue seemed to die there. 

Especially since head coach Mike Shanahan was not a big fan of the orange jerseys.  Joe Ellis, current chief operating officer of the Denver Broncos, has been pushing over the past few years for the Broncos to keep the current styling, but go back to orange as their primary uniform color.

Eilis is most likely a proponent of this change because he wants to sell more jerseys. Regardless of his reasoning, I agree with him.

The orange Jerseys were iconic. 

They separated the Broncos from the rest of the pack. During the glory days of the late 70's and 80's, they were called the "Orange Crush."  They were feared and rightfully so. They even got deep into the playoffs, including several Super bowls dawning their orange colors with pride.

The orange Jerseys can be iconic once again. And what better time than now to make the switch. 

The Broncos have a new head coach, a new GM, a new 3-4 defense, just an overall new identity.  With all the changes, why not change the Broncos image back to the glorious orange jerseys?

Maybe I'm talking crazy, but I would love to see the orange restored to the Denver Broncos primary jersey color.

What do you think?