The NFL Approves Orange Jerseys for the 2012 Denver Broncos

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Punt returner Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos jumps into the stands after returning a punt 90-yards for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Finally, we have some news that Broncos fans can rally around.

The NFL has approved the Broncos request to wear orange jerseys at home, beginning in 2012. Can you imagine if the NFL rejected the request? There's already enough tension over the Broncos' 1-3 start, but if our orange jerseys were rejected, every store in Broncos Country would be sold out of pitchforks and torches. Thankfully, the request was granted and the Broncos will be predominantly orange for the first time since the 1990s.

As a fan, this really excites me. Watching film and hearing Broncos history, it's impossible to ignore the "Orange Crush" defense. As one of the younger fans of the Broncos on MHR, I've really had to educate myself about the history of orange, because I've seen Blue and White as the primary colors for most of my fanhood, with Orange serving as a "throwback" or "alternative" color. This franchise isn't a blue and white franchise, however.

This switch to orange home jerseys is a welcome change. The last time a significant uniform change was made, the Broncos hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. That kind of turn around is unlikely in 2012, but maybe the uniform change can bring about something better than a 1-3 record.

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