Oklahoma Sooners Football Team Unveils New Alternate Uniforms for 2014 Season

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

via @OU_Football

The Oklahoma Sooners are known for their traditional uniforms, but thanks to Nike, the football team will have more options to choose from.

Oklahoma unveiled new uniforms, dubbed "The Rough Rider," on Tuesday. For the first time, "Oklahoma," not "Sooners," will be across the front of the jerseys.

Update: Friday, July 4 at 12:45 p.m. ET

The new look was a big hit with former Oklahoma players:

[Twitter, h/t College Spun]

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Although the uniforms will have a modern look to them, they were influenced by the team's history, according to the team's press release.

These additional jersey-pants-helmet combinations were inspired by the rich heritage of the state of Oklahoma and the Sooners’ storied football history.

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Nike’s white helmet design pays tribute to Wilkinson’s squads that captured national championships in 1950, 1955 and 1956.

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Both jerseys also feature subtle touches such as “47 Straight” emblazoned on the inner Nike Flywire neckline, serving as a tangible reminder of the college football’s incomparable victory streak amassed during Wilkinson’s tenure.

Here's a look at the "47 Straight" tribute:

Not only are the jerseys and pants new, but the helmets also received a makeover:

Here are some details on the new helmet:

The modified version of Oklahoma’s iconic crimson helmet also features an enlarged interlocking OU above each earhole with the distinctive wood-grained design embedded into the protective outer shell.

Sooners fans who like the traditional uniforms shouldn't be too upset. These new uniforms will only serve as alternates to the traditional uniforms, but the team has not determined the games in which the new uniforms will be worn.

[Oklahoma Football, Phil Hecken]

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