Friday, October 18, 2002

Browns break out orange jerseys

The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND — For the first time since 1954, the Cleveland Browns will wear orange jerseys this Sunday that match their orange helmets.

        “I'm going to look like a pumpkin running downfield,” said wide receiver Dennis Northcutt.

        Orange helmets with orange jerseys. Sounds a little scary, huh?

        “I love them,” said safety Earl Little. “But I wore orange all through college (at Miami) and we played in the Orange Bowl.”

        The NFL has given teams the option of wearing an alternate jersey at one home game this season. The jersey can be a “throwback” or “classic” jersey, or teams can introduce a new, third color that already is part of their color scheme.

        That didn't leave many options for the Browns, who wear either white or brown tops.

        So orange it is.

        The Browns are breaking out their new jerseys for their game against the Houston Texans. The unveiling, originally scheduled for Nov. 3 against Pittsburgh, was moved up to coincide with the team honoring its 1950 NFL title team and alumni.

        Cleveland tried orange tops once before, for an exhibition game on Sept. 18, 1954, against the Chicago Bears. The Browns won 35-7. The jerseys lost.

        Fans said they couldn't read the players' numbers, so the Browns packed up the jerseys and donated them to nearby Orange High School.

        “I like them,” said quarterback Tim Couch, who normally wears an orange jersey a few shades lighter than the new one during practice. “I like them a lot. I think fans are going to like them a lot.”


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