By Karen Christensen//@ksc47
On Wednesday, April 4 in downtown Nashville, the Tennessee Titans hosted a live event showcasing their new “Tradition Evolved” uniform design. Twenty thousand fans packed downtown Nashville on Broadway; the festivities included DJ Silver, live bands including country music duo Florida Georgia Line and former Tennessee Titans that had participated in the last uniform redesign back in 1999, Craig Hentrich, Blaine Bishop, Frank Wycheck, and Eddie George.
Original Titans here to pass the torch 🔥 pic.twitter.com/rneq1wSrbU
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) April 5, 2018
The on-stage presentation also included the Music City Mystique aka Blue Crew Drumline, the Titans cheerleaders plus mascot T-Rac, and numerous videos from Nike and the Titans detailing the procedures that were followed when deciding on the new uniform design. The voice of the Titans, radio announcer Mike Keith also introduced, for the first time in downtown Nashville, new head coach Mike Vrabel.
My impression of Vrabel: the man likes to have fun any time, any place; he likes to party! I believe Vrabel is living out his dreams right now with his new position and enjoying every minute of it. General manager Jon Robinson was there as well. He spoke to the crowd about the upcoming NFL draft and talked about some of the players that the Titans have been checking out.
After standing outside in this strangely cold weather in Tennessee for this time of year (36 degrees and somewhat windy) for about two hours, Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk came on stage to showcase the current Titans in their new uniforms. Quarterback Marcus Mariota was first in line with the all navy blue version of the uniform, and of course he looked “fierce”. Players Brian Orakpo, Kevin Byard, Jurrell Casey, Delanie Walker, and Taylor Lewan were introduced wearing different combos of the new Nike threads.
I’m happy that the Color Rush jerseys are still the bright light blue or “Titan Blue” and not red as some internet rumors suggested. I like the giant Smurf look. Each player tossed an autographed football out to the cheering crowd. Former running back Eddie George got the loudest response from the crowd, Titans fans showed George he is still loved and will always be a Tennessee Titan in our eyes.
The details of the new design include the silver sword shape of the shoulders of the jersey and on the pants. There are red accents in the Nike logo and inside the jersey with three red stars from the state of Tennessee logo. The font or shape of the numbers on the jersey is shaped to look like the shape of the northeast corner of the state of Tennessee, the numbers are also supposed to be inspired from Greek lettering design. The Titans helmets are no longer white, but navy blue with the two-toned silver sword shape as a stripe down the center of the helmet.
Another feature on the jersey is the contrasting colors under the arms. Nike has a new material for the football uniforms which is known as Nike Vapor Untouchable. It’s 29% lighter than the former jersey material.
Days before the big reveal, there were photos of what was supposed to be the new Titans jersey circulating across social media. Supposedly the NFL is investigating whoever leaked the photos; the NFL stated it would be up to the employer of the alleged “leaker” as to what the punishment would be for that person. Why do people on social media like to try to ruin other folks’ hard work? Just the bad side of the social media world showing up again, unfortunately.
The city of Nashville is in the running to host the NFL draft next season. Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk mentioned during the ceremony that the crowd present for the uniform ceremony was proof positive that Nashville would do a great job at hosting a draft party.
The evening ended with fireworks across the river at Nissan Stadium and our new head coach and GM on stage singing with the group Florida Georgia Line. And as former Titans Blaine Bishop and Eddie George pointed out, the last time the Titans got new uniforms, they played in the Super Bowl. New uniforms, new fire…may these new uniforms bring us luck and Super Bowl victory.
The @Titans‘ new uniforms are 🔥
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 5, 2018
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