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Florida Gators Unveil Black Alternate Uniforms

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The Florida football program on Tuesday morning unveiled new black alternate uniforms, which will make their on-field debut against Arkansas on Nov. 4. 

The uniforms are similar to the Gators’ home look, with white numbers featuring a double outline and the “master stripe” on the jerseys and pants, though their primary logo is absent from the right shoulder.

There’s also a blue “Gators” script on the chest, marking just the second time the program has displayed a wordmark in that location, joining the 2010 Nike Pro Combat uniforms, which had “Florida” above blue gator skin numbers. 

The black helmet, meanwhile, follows the same template as Florida’s standard orange helmet, with the “Gators” script in blue with a white stroke and the aforementioned striping pattern down the center.

This will mark Florida’s first time in black uniforms and only the second time in something other than orange, blue or white helmets, joining the swamp green lids worn alongside gator skin alternate uniforms in a 19-17 loss to Texas A&M in 2017. 

The Gators have opted for throwback designs in more recent seasons, but black alternates were always the next logical step given how many of Florida’s other sports – namely baseball and men’s basketball – have black uniforms at their disposal. 

The Gators plan to sell the jerseys – which include “Commitment,” “Courage,” “Excellence,” “Honor” or “Integrity” on the players’ nameplates – at auction following the game, with proceeds benefitting families of the military and first responders.

Florida will then replace the jerseys in order to wear them around Veteran’s Day each season, something head coach Billy Napier did this after introducing black alternate uniforms during his previous stop at Louisiana-Lafayette, as well.

“I know Gator Nation is excited about the team wearing black uniforms, but I don’t want us to lose sight of the intent relative to creating awareness and showing gratitude and appreciation for all branches of our military and first responders,” Napier said. 

“We’re doing something that’s going to be a lot of fun, but ultimately, we’re hopeful that we can recognize and show appreciation for a lot of selfless people that have chosen a profession of service and put their lives at risk each day.”