‘I love the look,’ Texans celebrate new uniforms at private party: ‘It’s a full closet, something for everyone.’

‘It’s a full closet. There’s something for everyone,’ Texans foundation vice president Hannah McNair told KPRC 2

Tank Dell and Jimmie Ward pose in new Texans' uniforms (Copyright 2024 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – By the end of the day, after officially unveiling their four new uniforms and three helmets, the rebranded Texans were in full celebration mode at a private party at 713 Music Hall.

Texans principal owner Cal McNair and his wife, foundation vice president Hannah McNair were presented with blingy Texans-themed chains from Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Johnson.

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There are four new uniforms: home featuring a classic Deep Steel Blue color that matches the original uniforms from the inaugural season for the AFC South franchise, away Liberty White uniform with a bullhorn-inspired design alternate Battle Red version of the away jersey and helmet and Color Rush introducing the H-Town Blue as the first new color on the Texans brand in team history. The Texans became the first team in NFL history to introduce a new logo on an alternate helmet and a two-logo system across all helmets.

“It’s a full closet,” Hannah McNair said. “There’s something for everyone.”

“It’s really been a lot of fun,” Cal McNair said. “It’s exciting to see it all come together and see all of the fan reaction.”

Hannah McNair’s favorite new uniform is the new-look Battle Red that includes a helmet with a red facemask.

Cal McNair’s favorite is the updated classic home uniform.

“I’m really excited for Doug Vosik and his team,” Hannah McNair said. “They’ve done a phenomenal job in putting this all together with the fan feedback and putting their touch on it.”

Previously, one uniform version, their white road uniforms was leaked before McNair released a photo of wide receivers Nico Collins and Tank Dell wearing them along with a hat confirming the authenticity of an alternate H-Town Blue helmet. The defending AFC South champions celebrated their new uniforms following a highly fan-inclusive and transparent process that included more than 10,000 surveys and 30 focus groups.

“We’ve been in the same jersey for a while, and I wish it could have happened when I was playing,” said Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. “I love the look. It’s a great look for the team and a great look for the city.”

The new look is well-timed as it coincides with the Texans’ emergence as a trendy Super Bowl contender headlined by Pro Bowl quarterback C.J. Stroud and Pro Bowl defensive end Will Anderson Jr., the Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Years last season, Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil, Pro Bowl defensive end Danielle Hunter and standout corner Derek Stingley Jr.

“I love them,” former Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson said of the new uniforms. “I’m especially in love with that red helmet with that candy paint. There’s nothing like it in the world. It’s dope. I’m really enjoying it.

“I love the Olde English H. Being from California, it reminds me of Crenshaw Blvd riding a low-rider. I’m really excited about where we’re going. Get on the wagon now. Don’t try to jump on it when we’re really doing something.”

The uniforms are available online and at the team shop at NRG Stadium. Sales of jerseys went fast with thousands sold and heavy demand for Stroud’s jersey with calls made to Nike for more merchandise.

From Wednesday to Saturday, fans can purchase merchandise at the Houston Texans Team Shop Pop Up on the first floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The merchandise will be available at the team’s draft party on Friday on the Plaza at Avenida Houston.

Downtown Houston and the bridges over Highway 59 will be lit in Texans colors, including H-Town Blue, in celebration of the new uniforms.

The Texans involved their fan council, other fans along with staff, current and former players to get input and ideas, incorporating much of that feedback, which included 10,000 surveys and more than 30 focus groups, into the uniform redesign.

“It feels great today,” said Vosik, the Texans’ senior vice president of marketing, communications and ticketing. “The response from fans has been amazingly positive. Huge line outside of NRG and thousands upon thousands of positive comments. To finally be here, all of this stuff looks better on the players than it does on the leaks. So far, the No. 1 seller is C.J. Stroud overall as well as all of the Color Rush jerseys.

“I think now that the fans are seeing what we launched and they can see that held true about their input. Home, simple, classic, traditional. Away, a little bit of a twist. The alternate one, bold and loud. That color rush, that’s H-town all right. Our fan council, legends, fans, everyone’s voice was here. We delivered.”

In the Color Rush uniform, there’s a light blue “H” short for “H-Town.” The logo, which is outlined in red, hearkens back to the old Houston Oilers’ Luv Ya Blue colors. The Texans obtained approval from the NFL because the Tennessee Titans have enforced their intellectual property rights since shifting to Tennessee from Houston following the 1996 season.

“We’ve been very diplomatic about it,” Vosik said. “We added a color to the Texans brand. That doesn’t happen very often> We added a color that’s been very contentious and historically owned by another team. It’s a good win. It’s a part of the family now. We’ve got it in the accent. The fans wanted. We got it included.”

Texans players, some fans and local media had already seen the new uniforms, which includes significant changes to jerseys, pants and helmets. And the response has been enthusiastic, especially from the athletes who’ll be wearing them.

“I think they’re cool,” Texans Pro Bowl quarterback C.J. Stroud said. “I don’t want to say too much, but I think people will like them. Really excited. I think that brings a new energy to NRG, which is kind of ironic, but I’m super excited just to be wearing new stuff. I liked the unis last year too, but I think it’s time for change and it’s a new era now. We’ll be able to build with these unis and look good while doing it.”

In the wake of a recent unauthorized uniform leak on social media of a model wearing the Texans’ new road uniforms, Cal McNair decided to react.

So, McNair released a photograph on Reddit of wide receivers Nico Collins and Tank Dell wearing the uniforms.

“There was a leak!?” Cal McNair said during the recent NFL owners’ meetings with a laugh for effect. “We did see that and got huddled up really quick and came up with a plan to sort of address it straight-on. We had Nico and Tank in the uniforms.”

“Much better models,” Hannah McNair said.

“The uniforms looked a lot better on them,” Cal McNair added. “They’re excited to put them on and show them off and we’re excited for the fans to see those. We just felt like it was the right thing to be transparent and straight-on and address it.”

Dell and Collins were wearing white jerseys and navy-blue pants with matching blue helmets.

“I’m fired up about the new uniforms,” Texans coach DeMeco Ryans said. “It’s 2024, time for a fresh look for the Texans. I know we’ve had the same uniforms since our organization started here in 2002. I was messing with the guys earlier, talking about how I wore the same uniform that they’re wearing, and I think it’s time for an update. And credit to Doug (Vosik), Cal and Hannah, all the work and time that went into coming out with a new look that I think our fans will be excited about.

“I think the coolest part about the new uniforms is, as you guys know, having our fans’ input into the look of our new uniform. I thought that was pretty cool and pretty unique by our organization, being able to talk to our fans and get a true feel for what our fans wanted to see. And of course, our players are fired up about the new look, so it’ll be an exciting reveal next week for everyone.”

The Texans, with feedback from their fans and players, have been working on the new uniforms for over a year with Vosik leading the team in collaboration with several entities, including the league and Nike.

“There’s been a lot of ideas and a lot of conversations,” Cal McNair said. “It’s been a lot of fun. We didn’t think we could get it done this fast. For Doug and his group to execute on a fast-paced plan, the NFL has supported us. We had great support from Nike, and we’re excited for the fans to see the whole closet.”

Discussions began over a year ago. And the organization prioritized getting it done with all of the guidelines for new uniform approval in time for next season.

“I think they’re dope,” Texans Pro Bowl defensive end Will Anderson Jr. said. “I think it really just gives back to the Houston community and I think it does a good job of getting the community back involved in football. Back involved with the Texans’ brand of ball and I’m really excited for everyone to see them. I’m really excited for everyone to see what we have going on here.”

During the party, which included players Tank Dell, Jimmie Ward, Nico Collins and Christian Harris modeling the new uninforms, Cal McNair addressed the fans.

“Get the players in them, hit the field at the stadium, win some games and share all of that with you,” McNair said. “Thanks for being here. Let’s go Texans.”

Aaron Wilson is a Texans and NFL reporter for KPRC 2 and click2houston.com.

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