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Broncos choose to wear white in Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 28:  Third and ten at the San Francisco 49ers twenty five yard line, Quarterback John Elway #7 of the Denver Broncos gets hit as he misses a pass intended for wide receiver Mark Jackson, the Broncos settle for a field goal during Super Bowl XXIV at the Louisiana Superdome on January 28, 1990 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The 49ers won 55-10.  (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Elway Getty Images

Like two years ago, the Broncos are in the Super Bowl. Like two years ago, the Broncos are the home team in the Super Bowl.

Unlike two years ago, the Broncos won’t be wearing their orange jerseys during the Super Bowl.

Via the Associated Press, the Broncos have chosen to wear white in Super Bowl 50. G.M. John Elway explained the decision in simple terms.

“We’ve had Super Bowl success in our white uniforms,” Elway said.

They’ve had equal success in their blue uniforms, winning one to cap the 1997 season in blue and one to end 1998 in white. But they’ve struggled in orange, losing to the Cowboys (1977), Washington (1987), San Francisco (1989), and Seattle (2013) wearing the blend of red and yellow.

And so it’s likely more about not wearing orange (0-4) than wearing white, in which the Broncos are 1-1, the jersey color when losing to the Giants in 1986.

To the extent that any of this matters (and it doesn’t), the Panthers may welcome the chance not to wear white. Twelve years ago, they lost their only Super Bowl appearance in white jerseys.

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72 Responses to “Broncos choose to wear white in Super Bowl”
  1. firerogergoodellnow says: Jan 25, 2016 9:29 PM

    REDSKINS (1987)

  2. 8oneanddones says: Jan 25, 2016 9:35 PM

    Super Bowl XXII, second quarter.

  3. tjacks7 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:37 PM

    Oh good, I was dying to know.

  4. learysdisciples says: Jan 25, 2016 9:41 PM

    Bridesmaids never wear white.

  5. abanig says: Jan 25, 2016 9:43 PM

    Bad move! They should wear blue! They won their two Super Bowls wearing blue!

  6. jchipwood says: Jan 25, 2016 9:44 PM

    What’s the Patriots gonna wear……oh nevermind

  7. watermelon1 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:44 PM

    They should both have to wear the steelers alternate uniforms. Now THAT would be must-see tv!

  8. codythao35 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:45 PM

    Color don’t matter. It’s about performance. Just bc you choke against better teams doesn’t mean it’s bc of the color. We’ll see if you win this time, which I highly doubt it bc Kam is super man.

  9. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:45 PM

    Yeah that’ll do it

  10. jaggedmark says: Jan 25, 2016 9:48 PM

    And the Panthers have a black mascot (a black panther named Sir Purr), while Denver has a white horse mascot named Thunder. Black QB with personal swagger vs. White QB with no swagger. Black Uni’s vs white uni’s. The story line is already unfolding.

    It shouldn’t happen, Peyton, Cam, Ware, Stewart, and many others on both sides are cool people and great for the NFL, but the story line will unfold nonetheless because some can’t accept what’s good for them isn’t necessarily everyone else’s way and personality.

  11. Bonerz'NPudz says: Jan 25, 2016 9:49 PM

    Look at the past SB winners since 03 pats. I think only the pack weren’t white.

  12. ausernamethatisavailable says: Jan 25, 2016 9:49 PM

    Having the better qb is much more important. And manning is not that.

  13. qdog112 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:51 PM

    Guess they want Peyton’s grass-stained jersey to go to the HOF as the winning-est regular season QB and the losing-est post season QB.

    That’s OK, the Panthers can wear blue or black. I’m sure Cam will make a good choice, matching his shoes. Wonder if they’ll base on wins & loses? Somehow I doubt it.

  14. learysdisciples says: Jan 25, 2016 9:52 PM

    What’s Cam going to wear? Slippers and capris?

  15. tommykramer9 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:53 PM

    That’s because they surrender…..

  16. jrossizzle says: Jan 25, 2016 9:53 PM

    We approve!
    “The Oscars”

  17. upperdecker19 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:54 PM

    I approve!
    ~Chip Kelly

  18. jackbassett says: Jan 25, 2016 9:57 PM

    Chip Kelly would have done the same.

  19. armchairqb says: Jan 25, 2016 10:03 PM

    Bad mistake. The only times they’ve won the SB, they’ve been in their home unis.

  20. bleck5 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:03 PM

    Lol they are blaming the three biggest choke jobs in Superbowl history to uniform color?!

  21. pamperpro says: Jan 25, 2016 10:05 PM

    Good. That orange is butt ugly.

  22. drfeelyouup says: Jan 25, 2016 10:07 PM

    Donkeys going to get beat down

  23. hardspun says: Jan 25, 2016 10:15 PM

    this is big

  24. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 25, 2016 10:24 PM

    I didn’t know the Huskies played in the ’87 Super Bowl.

  25. mheader says: Jan 25, 2016 10:24 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:44 PM
    What’s the Patriots gonna wear……oh never mind

    One-trick pony.

  26. phluffyclouds says: Jan 25, 2016 10:30 PM

    As a Panthers fan, I know they’ve had the most “playoff success” in whites.. But the Black on Silver is one of the best looking uniforms in the NFL.. And they’re 0-1 in the Super Bowl in the Whites..

    They’ll look boss in the Super Bowl with the Black on Silver.. Yeah baby!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  27. almelo95 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:31 PM

    No color rush???? All teal vs. all orange sounds just right for Nike.

  28. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jan 25, 2016 10:34 PM

    They’re gonna need a lot more than white jerseys

  29. upperdecker19 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:37 PM

    Anything besides those Thursday night game wacky colored uniforms is acceptable…..

  30. jollyjoker2 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:40 PM

    0-4 means your just 1 win closer to even it out.

  31. sdcharger123 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:44 PM

    This is basically gonna be Super Bowl 48 all over again.

  32. ohand16 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:51 PM

    So they will be the first team to lose 6 Super Bowls? Wow. That’s impressive.

  33. pantherfan7780 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:53 PM

    How are the broncos the home team? Carolina has a better record and better team

  34. shooters33 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:00 PM

    Oh good loser Panthers can’t wear their lucky whites. JR thinks they are good luck.
    Good luck vs Von Miller etc show offs

  35. timotheewhealon says: Jan 25, 2016 11:16 PM

    I could be wrong, but the Broncos blue jerseys are considered their “alternates” and I’ve read that alternates are not allowed as an option in the Super Bowl. Not totally sure… but I read it somewhere on the internet… and that’s never wrong… right?! lol

  36. papasmurfblog says: Jan 25, 2016 11:16 PM

    Denver can’t wear their blues. NFL doesn’t allow alternate jerseys in SB. And for those saying they won their two SBs in home jerseys..the author correctly states that in 98 they beat ATL in their road whites. Jersey color won’t matter in this game. Elway is prob doing it for the fan psyche.

  37. eagles512 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:23 PM

    Terrible. Their white is a bottom 5 jersey but their orange is top 10. I’m sure this sounds stupid but I enjoy good uniforms.

  38. headwoundharry says: Jan 25, 2016 11:25 PM

    How many outfit changes will Camera Newton have?

  39. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 25, 2016 11:29 PM

    They’ll just look dirtier in defeat after they get the crap kicked out of them.

  40. mheader says: Jan 25, 2016 11:36 PM

    Not only will Broncos be wearing white, but by the end of SB they will be waving the white flag.

    45-10. Ouch!

  41. Pocari Sweat says: Jan 25, 2016 11:40 PM

    Man it’s frustrating reading some of the idiots who fire their mouths in here.

    Elway is NOT blaming the uniforms for the previous losses.

    He simply gets to choose, as he is the home team. He decided on white as wearing the orange hasn’t worked out for them. It’s not the fault of the losses, but wearing orange certainly has not helped.

    So he’s choosing white. And then a reporter asked him ‘why?’ And he explained why. He probably didn’t spend as much time thinking about it as you have.

    So to those who spin his words ‘Elway is blaming the uniforms for losses’, you’re spinning like a Hillary Clinton-aide.

  42. rutledge3197 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:43 PM

    Umm abanig ::: Denver wore white when they beat the Falcons in SB 33

  43. tajuara says: Jan 25, 2016 11:44 PM

    pantherfan7780 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:53 PM
    How are the broncos the home team? Carolina has a better record and better

    Home team advantage have nothing to do with record. This year is the AFC, next year will be the NFC, last year Seattle was the “home team”, not that did matter though.

  44. mistyzhang says: Jan 25, 2016 11:51 PM

    Superman wears blue so it’s all good

  45. joecool16 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:03 AM

    In that Skins vs. Broncos super bowl the skins scored 35 points on 18 plays! Haha As a skins fan I was happy!!!! Good luck Denver.

  46. justintuckrule says: Jan 26, 2016 12:04 AM

    White rules. We took down the pats both times in white. It’s a good underdog uni.

  47. slyall41 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:19 AM

    They don’t belong in the Super Bowl. NE deserved to win that game. DEN needs crowd noise and luck to perform in a unbiased stadium they will look and perform very poorly

  48. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 26, 2016 12:37 AM

    headwoundharry says:
    Jan 25, 2016 11:25 PM
    How many outfit changes will Camera Newton have?
    Just one. From ringless to champion!!

  49. pantherfan1973299 says: Jan 26, 2016 1:46 AM

    If alternate uniforms are not allowed how were the Broncos wearing blue in their two wins? Just curious, I’m fine as long as Carolina doesn’t wear that hideous teal getup..

  50. tomthebombtracy says: Jan 26, 2016 1:55 AM

    Steelers elected to wear white in SB 40 against Seattle. Cue the refs fixed the game jokes. Steelers had won three road games as 6th seed and Cowher liked the us against the world mode.

  51. gridgod says: Jan 26, 2016 4:30 AM

    Same as sending up the white flag?

  52. danm1978 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:35 AM

    Thats good. I think i can speak for just about every Broncos fan who would love to see them win one in Orange.It’ll be a tough ask…but then again…it’s the superbowl. Not gonna be a 3-13 team that you’re playing lol.

  53. newhampshirepatriot says: Jan 26, 2016 6:26 AM

    Doesn’t matter what the Bronco’s wear, the Panthers are going to make them look like the JV team from Perkins School for the Blind.

  54. bronx33 says: Jan 26, 2016 7:10 AM

    Bad move! They should wear blue! They won their two Super Bowls wearing blue!
    Wrong. Wore white in SB33, and won.

  55. dtroxallday says: Jan 26, 2016 7:23 AM

    Red and yellow? Are you talking about the Chiefs or what? Can you post a picture of Denver wearing “the blend of red and yellow” you speak of?

  56. snowdood163 says: Jan 26, 2016 7:46 AM

    Everyone predicting a blowout has obviously not watched a single bronco game this year. The whole reason Elway got rid of loser fox was to make a tougher team that will “go down kicking and screaming”. I’m not going to be so arrogant (like new englanders) to say there’s no way the Broncos lose, but I will say they will NOT be blown out. Uninformed nfl fans can be the worst. Smh.

  57. carloswlassiter says: Jan 26, 2016 8:06 AM

    Cool. Let’s act like the laundry actually matters.

  58. jgedgar70 says: Jan 26, 2016 8:12 AM

    timotheewhealon says:
    Jan 25, 2016 11:16 PM
    I could be wrong, but the Broncos blue jerseys are considered their “alternates” and I’ve read that alternates are not allowed as an option in the Super Bowl. Not totally sure… but I read it somewhere on the internet… and that’s never wrong… right?! lol
    Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer said the same thing – that alternates aren’t allowed, so the Panthers can’t wear their blue jerseys (fine by me, because the blue & silver isn’t a good combo).

    Athletes are a superstitious lot. Carolina will have the option of wearing either silver or black pants, but it will almost certainly be silver, because our 2 most recent times wearing the black pants – the NFC playoff game vs San Francisco in ’13 and the last time we played Denver during the 2012 season – we got our butts kicked.

  59. johnniemayes says: Jan 26, 2016 8:19 AM

    sdcharger123 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:44 PM

    This is basically gonna be Super Bowl 48 all over again.


    You’re right, the #1 defense is going to destroy the #1 offense.

  60. margoadams says: Jan 26, 2016 8:20 AM

    Hope Peyton doesn’t throw up on himself like he did against Seattle.

  61. whodatgirl504 says: Jan 26, 2016 8:48 AM

    good broncos since you will be the underdogs!!!! #1 defense in NFL and everyone assumes it will be a blowout SMH!!!

  62. jjsooner says: Jan 26, 2016 9:26 AM

    I wonder what the odds are that this is a low scoring affair? #1 Offense vs #1 Defense but Denver can score and the Panther’s defense is good as well. This should be a good game. Personally, I’d like to see a last second win. I don’t have a dog in this fight, so its all entertainment for me.

  63. jjackwagon says: Jan 26, 2016 9:48 AM

    They had success in the SB when they were cheating the salary cap. And only when they were cheating the salary cap.

  64. howiehandles says: Jan 26, 2016 10:36 AM

    Probably more about making the Panthers wear something other than white. Reminds me of the old Cowboys thing where teams would wear their other jersey to force the Dallas to wear their dark jerseys, as though it had some mystical powers.

  65. boston992 says: Jan 26, 2016 10:41 AM

    The Broncos played well enough to beat the Pats, but if it wasn’t for some questionable decision making by the coaches, the Pats would probably be going to their 2nd straight SB. I think the Panthers are going to annihilate the Broncos. They only managed to score 3 pts in the second half on Sunday, and that’s not going to be enough to stop the Panthers. Congrats to the Broncos, and Peyton Manning, I wish you the best, but I’m afraid that you don’t have the weapons to beat Cam Newton and the Panthers.

  66. nhpats says: Jan 26, 2016 10:51 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:44 PM
    What’s the Patriots gonna wear……oh never mind


    Unless you are a Panthers or Broncos fan then The Patriots are going to wear the same thing as your team. In fact…..the same thing your team has been wearing every postseason game for decades.

  67. hushbrother says: Jan 26, 2016 11:01 AM

    There’s one tangible effect it could possibly have. A study from many years ago showed that teams wearing dark colors, like the blacks worn by the Steelers or Raiders or Bears, tended to be called for slightly more penalties than teams wearing white or lighter shaded uniforms, like the Houston Oilers’ powder blue or Miami Dolphins’ aqua. This was presumably due to an apparent psychological effect, making those teams seem more aggressive to the referees.

    Personally, I wish all teams wore their whites at home, like the Cowboys do. For whatever reason, teams prefer their snazzy colors. Except the Broncos, because they bring back bad memories of being smoked in Super Bowls.

  68. fordbw says: Jan 26, 2016 11:47 AM

    Good decision by the Broncos. I think it will put the team in more of a mindset that this is a road game and they need to step up their game.

  69. metalheadmike says: Jan 26, 2016 1:59 PM

    What no crawfish shorts?!?!?!?

  70. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 26, 2016 2:32 PM

    I dont follow the Panthers very much but I know their only loss was on the road this year. So if Denver wears white, they get to wear their home jerseys, where they are 10-0!! Seriously this game is going to be all about whether Denver can stop Cam. If not they are screwed, Peyton put up 20 on New England’s worse D and with Brady having an awful day. Carolina’s defense is much better and if the pocket collapses on Cam he will run.

  71. gsmscooter22 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:42 PM

    This is just another example of the league pandering to weak armed Pay Us Back Manning….The Panthers dominated and had the BEST RECORD in all of football, it should be THEIR choice, I actually heard John Clayton on radio say he was “comfortable” or “content” that Peyton gets to play in another Super Bowl when there are so many others that deserve a chance and won’t blow it…..Why does everyone feel sorry for this chump? Glad its the last one…And I’m not fan of either team….

  72. 1standinches says: Jan 26, 2016 6:52 PM

    I’m guessing “Dallas” is offensive to people?..

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