New Browns uniforms unleashed

The Cleveland Browns have a whole new look. Will the new start carry over to the field?

CLEVELAND—The easy part is over.

The Browns have changed their uniforms. Now, they have to change their losing ways.

The Browns unveiled their new uniforms with nine different combinations on Tuesday night at the Cleveland Convention Center in front of a large crowd of season ticket holders.

The Browns had nine different players modeling the nine different looks and Joe Thomas and Donte Whitner both said they liked that “Cleveland” is emblazoned on the front of the jerseys.

“I like them,” Thomas said. “I like the all brown and the brown and white. I don’t think I’d look good in the traffic cone look (all orange).

“I like that ‘Cleveland’ is on the front.”

Whitner agreed.

“The Browns are the only NFL team to have their cities name on the front of the jersey.”

President Alec Scheiner said the Browns wanted to feature the city.

“That was very important to us,” Scheiner said.

The Browns last won an NFL Championship in 1964 wearing very basic brown, white uniforms with plain orange helmets.

Some of the other players who modeled the uniforms were excited.

“I went to LSU, which is traditional,” Barkevious Mingo said. “But the changes they made you see the tradition in the jerseys, but it’s new and different and sometimes different is sometimes good.

“I like them and I think everybody is going to like them.”

Scheiner said the process took two years and the team walked a fine line to try and make sure they found the perfect balance.

“The fans will tell us,” Scheiner said. “We know that. We’ve learned that for the good or for the bad. We’re hopeful but for the most part the fans dictated what these uniforms looks like.

“We wanted and it was important to have a link to our tradition and I think we did that.”

Karlos Dansby is impressed with the new look.

“Real nice, real nice,” Dansby said. “I’m excited to get in them.”

New Browns receiver Dwayne Bowe was impressed with the whole event.

“I got a warm welcome from the Dawg Pound,” he said. “Events like this are exciting and I’m excited to see all the (uniform) combinations.”

Second-year linebacker Chris Kirksey was caught up in the excitement.

“Our fans our great,” Kirksey said. “You can see how much energy our fans have.”

Kirksey said he and other players play better if they feel they look good.

“Some guys if you look good you play good and I’m a strong believer in that.”

Thomas, Whitner, Armonty Bryant, Dansby, Mingo, Chris Kirksey, Bowe, Brian Hartline and Taylor Gabriel were the models, displaying all of the nine different combinations. The orange jersey is designated as the third or alternate jersey, which is limited to being worn for just two games.

In addition to the current players showing off the long-awaited uniforms, the Browns had nine alumni gracing the orange carpet: Hall of Famer Jim Brown, Hanford Dixon, Dan Fike, Bob Golic, Kevin Mack, Greg Pruitt, John Thierry, Jamel White and Felix Wright were in attendance.

The unveiling was open to season ticket holders from 6 pm to 8 pm and was televised by new TV partner Newschannel 5.


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