With much of the fashion world focused on the Oscars last night, I thought I’d take some time to look at the history of the Broncos fashion sense. No Broncos uniform is as bad as the Denver Nuggets uniform in the late 80s. You all remember that colorful skyline printed on Dikembe Mutombo’s torso:
Nuggets Jersey (NBA.com)
However, the Broncos did have some pretty ugly informs. Once the team was established in 1960, they wore brown and yellow mustard uniforms. At the time, general manager, Dean Griffing, bought these uniforms because they were cheap and could be worn at home and away games. One broadcaster, noting Griffing’s frugal presence, said he was the kind of guy ”who took off his glasses when he wasn’t looking at anything.” The public was not thrilled with the color scheme or the vertical stripes on the socks. In fact, at the team’s bonfire, the socks were thrown into the flames hoping to put an end to the Broncos first two horrible seasons.
A History of the Broncos Uniforms (Endzone Sports)
By the mid 60′s, the team switched over to their more familiar orange and blue colors. The helmet was orange and featured a bucking Bronco on the side. The jersey had thick stripes, and in 1968, the orange helmet was replaced by a blue helmet. A Bronco coming out of the giant D followed and went well with the bright orange jersey. This was my favorite look for the Broncos:
In 1997, the team went to their navy blue jerseys that you see today. In the mid-2000s, they introduced blue pants. They occasionally wear an alternate orange jersey with a navy blue stripe going up the side.
There you have it. A brief history of our team’s uniform. I’m just thankful we aren’t in brown and yellow anymore.
Kim Constantinesco is Predominantly Orange’s senior editor. She is a credentialed writer who has covered the Broncos for seven seasons. Kim’s work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, and the New York Times. She is a long time Broncos fan and currently resides in Denver, Colorado.