The Houston Texans are going back to the days of high school football this week as they first wear these new letterman jackets for their trip to New England. The idea apparently came from DT Shaun Cody.
I actually like this. Its getting late in the season and the Texans have all but locked up the AFC. This is the part of the year where teams unite and play as a group or get complacent. As dumb as a jacket is, the fact that the entire team will be dressing the same way can only help team mojo.
Of course, the merchandising possibilities are huge too.
The jackets are predominantly Deep Steel Blue with the Texans’ logo over the left breast. On the right sleeve just above the elbow is each player’s number stacked on top of his position group — LB, DL, DB, WR, etc. — in white lettering with red outline. Barwin said the jackets will soon have patches on the left arm to commemorate the Texans’ 2011 AFC South title for players who were on the team last season. Captains also will get patches on the left sleeve.
The Texans will add more patches for any future division titles and conference and Super Bowl championships. The idea is to “kind of build a tradition the longer you’re here, the more patches you get on your jacket,” Barwin said.