2010 NIKE PRO COMBAT CH. 8, "THE BEST OF NCAA ONE-GAME ALTERNATE UNIFORMS" from The Modern History of Football Uniform Design

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The 2010 version of the Pro Combat template didn’t change much. The only difference from 2009 was the removal of Flywire from the shoulders. The next template, the Speed Machine, would feature a Flywire collar in attempt at making a better looking uniform without sacrificing what the Flywire was designed to do originally: to keep the jersey from slipping underneath the shoulder pads during play.

“The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress merges innovation and inspiration to deliver the lightest and most innovative uniform in the industry,” said Kris Aman, Global VP and GM of Nike Athletic Training and Field Sports. “The designs incorporate cultural cues emblematic of each team’s identity and heritage. They’re more than uniforms, they’re expressions of pride.” - news.nike.com

Nike convened distinguished representatives associated with each university to deliver the uniforms’ unique stories:

Marty Lyons, Alabama / Jerard Rabb, Boise State / Errict Rhett, Florida / Michael Irvin, Miami / Charles Csuri, Ohio State / Steve Preece, Oregon State / Ruben Brown, Pittsburgh / Matt Lewis, TCU / Col. Rock Roszak, Virginia Tech / Bob Huggins, West Virginia

"They’re more than uniforms, they’re expressions of pride."

- Kris Aman, Global VP and GM of Nike Athletic Training and Field Sports

It is a tribute to legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who could always be found on the sidelines in his signature houndstooth hat.
Nike designers drew inspiration from the school’s mascot, noting a link between Boise State’s unpredictable style of play and the headstrong nature of an untamed horse.
“Pride” is printed inside the back neck of the jersey and on the inside cuff of the gloves. It serves as a battle cry for the Gators, whose pre-game ritual includes touching a plaque that reads “Pride” before running out on the field.
Michael Irvin was a lead man on the Miami design. Irvin, known as “The Playmaker”, is an NFL Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys. He also led the Hurricanes to a National Championship in 1987.
Helping out the Buckeyes with their design was Charles Csuri, a WWII veteran who earned a Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge and the father of digital art and animation.
The uniforms revive a look worn by the victorious Beavers of 1967. It was the year Oregon State earned the nickname Giant Killers after a streak of upsets
the jersey numbers appear in metallic Team Gold to represent the brilliant glow of a blast furnace.
Two red lines down the center of the helmet represent the blood that shoots from a horned frog’s eyes when under attack.
The striking black uniforms reference the cadet gray-and-black regalia worn by Virginia Tech’s original football team. It draws inspiration from the school’s large Corps of Cadets—integral to Virginia Tech’s unique football culture.
The line represents the beam of light emitted by a miner’s headlamp, and a graphic with the number 29 honors the perished miners at Upper Big Branch.
TCU - "Til Hell Freezes Over"
Virginia - "Ut Promise"
Pittsburgh - "Let's Brawl"
Pro Combat base layer
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