The change reminded players and fans of franchise’s success during the 1980s and early 1990s wearing the burgundy pants.
“For some apparent reason, we can never change our jerseys anyway,” defensive end Ricky Jean Francois said. “Just to walk into a locker room and you see burgundy pants, the only worries I had was that I ain’t had the cleat game right to match up. Just to know that we can actually catch up and do things a little bit different, swag makes a helluva difference in the game and nobody really realizes it. Swag makes a helluva difference in the game. But if you wanna come out there every day in the yellow pants, don’t get me wrong that you’ve gotta win no matter what you put on, but just bringing them burgundy joints back just felt like we were the old Redskins again.
“When I had a chance to look at the old pictures about when the Redskins was Super Bowl champs every year, they always had the burgundy pants on. It almost looked like we was them. …Just to walk around this building and see the Hogs and see so many Hall of Famers have those pants on and played in it. You’ve seen what they’ve done in it, and now you see us in it? It almost felt like we were taking those steps back and reliving those years again of the Redskins when they were just hell to deal with.”
Redskins President Bruce Allen introduced the gold pants during the 2010 season, and it arrived with praise from the fanbase and the players. But the Redskins stuck with the gold pants for every game thereafter and ditched the burgundy and white pants in the process, and the gold pants have now become synonymous with one of the franchise’s worst stretches in decades.
It’s unclear if Washington will stick with the burgundy pants Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but Francois feels the decision last week was a step in the right direction. He hopes to see the Redskins wear all-burgundy or all-white, which reminds him of when the late Sean Taylor played for the franchise prior to his tragic death. Washington wanted to wear all-white last year in Week 11 during a road game against the Carolina Panthers with Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs in attendance, but Allen nixed the “Color Rush” concept.
“When we gonna come out in pure white and play against a team?” Francois said. “Some people are superstitious about dumb stuff like that, but I hope one day before my career ends that I can actually say I got a chance to play in the burgundy pants – the same ones that those Hall of Fame guys played in when they won their Super Bowls – and I got a chance to play in the all-white uniforms in the same way Sean T played before he passed away.”