The Cleveland Browns “new” look, unveiled this past Wednesday was met with nearly universal praise from around the uniform world.
You might note there that I said “nearly universal praise”, there was one aspect missing that fans made quite clear they wished would be part of the new set. Orange pants.
Cleveland had worn orange pants originally from 1975 to 1983, they returned briefly in the early 2000s before coming back as a regular wardrobe option with the re-design in 2015. The new look for 2020 only allowed for white or brown pants.
Browns executive vice president and owner J.W. Johnson caught wind of this mild discontent with the new uniform and addressed it during an appearance on the team’s Cleveland Browns Daily radio show shortly after the unveiling.
“I know orange pants have been part of the ‘Kardiac Kids’ and a lot of tradition, but I don’t know, we’ll have to just stay tuned and see what happens there”, Johnson said to WKNR 850. “If we can find a way to talk Nike into getting us some orange pants we’ll get to work on that, we’ll see what we can do.”
If Johnson is serious about his desire to add orange pants to their set it shouldn’t be too much trouble to get approval for, while the team wouldn’t be able to change their jerseys for another five years, adding a new set of pants could likely be done as soon as 2021 (and maybe even in time for this season).