The Houston Texans are soliciting feedback from fans regarding potential changes to their uniforms, which have largely remained the same since the franchise’s inaugural season in 2002, with the possibility of implementing those changes in time for the 2024 season.
“We have engaged the NFL to better understand the process to formally start a fan research study and the timeline and guidelines if the fan research steered towards change,” chairman and CEO Cal McNair said. “No promises, but we will challenge everything and we won’t be afraid to evolve.”
The Texans have already collected data from social media, local focus groups and current and former players, and are now asking fans to share their opinions on the team’s current uniforms and color scheme as part of an in-depth survey.
That includes comparing the Texans’ brand to other professional sport franchises in Houston, as well as to the Dallas Cowboys and other members of the AFC South, headlined by the Tennessee Titans, who were previously located in Houston and known as the Oilers.
Fans are also asked if they preferred traditional or unique/bold uniforms, using the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks as opposite ends of the spectrum. The same goes for the number font, using the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams as the extremes.
Next, fans were asked to rank the four jerseys the Texans wear – their home navy blue, alternate red, road white and navy blue Color Rush with red numbers – as well as if they prefer their navy blue helmet or new red helmets, which debuted this season.
Lastly, fans were asked if they’re happy with the current color scheme of “Deep Steel Blue,” “Battle Red” and “Liberty White” and if they’d like to see the addition or subtraction of any colors. That includes a lighter shade blue as an obvious nod to the Oilers.
The fan response to the red alternate helmet is what prompted the Texans to explore the possibility of making additional changes to their look. They’ve already taken some input into consideration, too, with the addition of the Houston wordmark to the north end zone at NRG Stadium.
“The amazing reaction from the fanbase and the city to the Battle Red helmet is what sparked all this,” senior vice president of marketing and communications Doug Vosik said. “It gave us the confidence to explore new grounds.”
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