The Cincinnati Bengals today unveiled the Color Rush uniforms they will wear in their nationally televised Thursday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 29.
Bengals players Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Tyler Boyd modeled the uniforms during the unveiling at the Cincinnati Zoo’s white tiger exhibit.
The uniforms resemble the look of the zoo’s famous white tigers with white pants and jerseys accented with black stripes.
“The albino tiger is rare, so this is going to be rare that the Bengals actually change their color combination,” Dunlap said. “We know how they are about sticking to tradition. This is going to be a new tradition, and I like the way the jerseys look.”
“We didn’t have an idea what they were going to look like, but I knew at the end of the day whichever combination they chose I knew they were going to be sweet and we were going to be able to swag with them,” he said.
The NFL began using Color Rush uniforms on a limited basis in four Thursday night games last year, beginning with the New York Jets wearing all three and the Buffalo Bills all red on Nov. 12.
But unlike those teams, whose uniforms matched their helmets, the Bengals will stick with the traditional orange helmets due to logistics.
Three years ago the NFL put in a rule that teams could only have one helmet, and there would be no way to ship off 53 helmets to be painted — both the shells and the stripes — after the Sept. 25 Denver game and get them back in time for the Sept. 29 Miami game.
“That would be pretty dope if the orange was white on this helmet,” Dunlap said. “That would really set it off. But I think it’s still sweet.”
The orange helmets will accent the orange striped ‘B’ logo on the breastplate of the uniform as well as an orange Nike swoosh.
This year all 32 teams will wear a Color Rush scheme for one game. The Dolphins will counter the Bengals’ all-white scheme with an all-orange look.
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