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Colorado Buffaloes Honor Mascot with New Nike Football Uniform Design

The University of Colorado football program has a proud history that includes a national championship, a Heisman trophy winner, and numerous first round draft choices. Current and former players are quick to recite: “The pride and tradition of the Colorado Buffaloes will not be entrusted to the timid or the weak.”  For twenty years, the school has entrusted Nike with providing a bold look that honors CU tradition.

Colorado has one of the more unique mascots in all of intercollegiate athletics, a live buffalo. The buffalo first appeared in 1934 after a contest to select an official school nickname yielded “Buffaloes” as the winning entry (CU teams were previously referred to as the “Silver and Gold”). The name – and the live mascot – stuck. For decades, Ralphie has led the team out onto the field with an intense lap around the field.  Situated at the foot of the Flatirons (base of the Rocky Mountains), CU’s Folsom Field acts as perfect theater for this great processional, as well as the powerhouse style of play that follows.

Colorado Buffaloes' mascot, Ralphie
Folsom Field Sunset

Coach Mike MacIntyre, entering his third season in Boulder, recognizes the uniqueness of the pageantry, as well as Buffalo tradition. He leads the team with a singular mantra: “Be uncommon.” Symbolic of that phrase, the Buffaloes’ new Nike Football uniform incorporates unique elements of program tradition and Folsom’s surroundings with a modern, updated design.

Nike Colorado Uniform Final

The new uniform design features subtle, yet impactful details, and the team’s interchangeable uniform system allows for dozens of combinations with three jerseys, four pants, and four helmet options.

The jersey features an all-new custom number font that stands out with a contrasting layered outline, and both the alternate and away uniform numbers feature a new Flatiron rock-like texture. The neck collar is highlighted by a contrasting stripe reminiscent of buffalo horns. The “CU” logo appears on the right hip of the pant and on the chest of the Nike Hypercool baselayer. Each helmet is covered with a fine metallic paint with satin finish to create a tougher gun-metal look, and topped with a larger version of the team’s logo. Additionally, the word “uncommon” embroidered on the back inside collar of the jersey, serves a constant reminder of Coach MacIntryre’s motto.

"We want Buffs to be uncommon in everything they do in life," said MacIntyre. "How they treat people, how they do in the classroom, and doing all of the little things right."

The Buffaloes will integrate a third alternate uniform with a dark steel gray jersey and pants. The neutral, modern dark steel gray color was established as part of the CU Athletic Department color palate in 2007 and now offers an additional modern look to incorporate into their existing uniform wardrobe.

The sleek new alternate jersey includes bold black numbers outlined in a silver and gold reflective material, and is anchored by a gold Nike Pro Hypercool baselayer top. The team’s home uniform includes the black jersey with white letters and numbers, gold pants, a gold helmet and gold Nike Pro Hypercool baselayer. The away uniform features a white jersey and pants with contrasting black font, numbers and logos.