Ravens' new pattern: white pants Home uniform altered to provide contrast

March 05, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Coming off a 4-12 inaugural season, the Ravens are searching for a turnaround.

At least, cosmetically speaking, they will sport a somewhat new look.

Yesterday, courtesy of quarterback Vinny Testaverde and linebacker Ray Lewis, with an assist from model Rebecca Romijn, the Ravens unveiled revised uniforms for the 1997 season.

The most significant alteration involves the team's home uniforms, specifically the pants. Black pants are out. White pants are in. The idea is to set off the purple jersey more sharply. On the road, the team will wear dark pants with white jerseys.

The other changes are more subtle. A patch consisting of the state and Baltimore city flags will grace the purple and black stripe down the side of each leg. The inaugural uniform featured the same patch -- only a smaller version -- on the hip.

Then there are the numbers, which have been enlarged by about 1 1/2 inches, and have had their wings clipped. A drop shadow has been added around the numbers to highlight them.

"We had such a short period of time to put together our uniforms last year. These are so much better looking," said David Modell, the team's executive vice president.

Modell requested the changes when he visited NFL Properties in New York two months ago.

"I think the white pants with the dark jersey gives it a classic NFL look," he added. "Over the course of NFL history, many of the uniforms we see today have been developed over 40 or 50 years. I think we've put together a good, tight uniform that a lot of people will like."

Testaverde seemed to agree. After posing with Lewis and Romijn -- who joined the photo session by asking, "Where's my cup?" -- Testaverde said the white pants especially impressed him.

"Personally, I like them. I wore purple and white in high school," Testaverde said. "But I never really cared what I wore. It's not the uniform that makes the player, right?"

Lewis, noting the white pants and sharper numbers, says Ravens fans will take to the new look. He then quoted San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice on the subject of NFL fashion.

"Like [Rice] said, you play like you look. If you look good, you're lTC going to play good," Lewis said. "I think that's a good way to look at it."

Pub Date: 3/05/97

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