SEATTLE -- They're still purple and gold, but the Washington Huskies football players will be sporting some new threads when the 2019 season gets under way in late August.
The team unveiled their new uniforms Wednesday as they begin their new contract with Adidas.
"The new uniforms blend the school’s celebrated history with the future," says Jay Hillbrands with the University of Washington.
Paying homage to Huskies’ undefeated 1991 Rose Bowl season, the new uniforms bring back the classic purple and white colorways, Hillbrands wrote. "Three purple stripes are positioned on both sleeve caps of the jersey and use an iridescent, dimensional film within the fabric to convey the look and feel of a king’s velvet robe. The stripes on either side of the sleeve are left open, referencing the athlete’s never-ending strive for greatness and room for growth, while a tonal rain pattern accents the twill numbers, giving a nod to the Pacific Northwest’s infamous weather."
A literal purple rain, indeed!
Another theme of the uniform is what they're terming the "Angle of Pursuit", inspired by the angles of the UW's 'W' logo.
"Built to work alongside UW’s Husky Bold typeface and influenced by the classic jersey designs from the famed Coach Don James era, adidas designers created an all-new customized numbering system," Hillbrands wrote. "The corners of each numeral now feature the angles and lines from the school’s mark and represent the relentless pursuit towards greatness that all Husky athletes embrace."
The new unis will make their debut when the Huskies take on Eastern Washington at Husky Stadium on Aug. 31.