September 15, 2013

Chiefs make it a red-letter date in history with new uniforms

The Chiefs not only made a statement on the football field on Sunday, they made a fashion statement.

The Chiefs not only made a statement on the football field on Sunday, they made a fashion statement.

During the week leading up to the home opener, the players asked coach Andy Reid if they could wear all red uniforms against the Dallas Cowboys.

Sure enough, when the players returned to the locker room after pregame warm-ups, they found bright red pants, to match the Chiefs’ jerseys, hanging in each locker.

It was the first time in the 53-year history of the franchise the Chiefs wore all red for a game.

“We flamed up we were all red today,” safety Kendrick Lewis said after the 17-16 victory. “That’s how we were feeling. The fans loved it, and that’s how we got the party rocking.”

The Chiefs have worn red pants on the road with white jerseys, except for the Marty Schottenheimer years when they wore all white on the road and red jerseys and white pants at home.

Gunther Cunningham brought back the red pants on the road in 2000, but red on red was new, and it seemed to energize the sellout crowd of 76,952 -- the largest at Arrowhead since Nov. 11, 2007 when 77,368 attended a 27-11 loss to Denver.

“They wanted to dress in red for the fans, and so they asked me about it, and I talked to (general manager) John Dorsey about it,” said Reid. “He gave us the OK on it, and the players feel that. Believe it or not, they feel it especially when the ground is shaking. When our fans are going, you can feel that field, and it just kind of rumbles. It’s crazy, but an awesome feeling.”

Safety Eric Berry and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said the new look gave them a little extra bounce in their step.

“We thought it would be pretty cool,” Berry said. “We thought it would give us a spark, some more energy. That’s what coach did. He surprised us with it. It was a little change-up to get the juices going.

“If you feel like you look good, you play good ”

Indeed, Berry recovered a fumble and returned it 22 yards, and he would have had an interception had he not been called for defensive holding. And Bowe caught four passes, including a 12-yard touchdown.

“The red looks good on us ” Bowe said. “It was Red Friday the sea of red out there did a great job being loud when we needed to, and we won the game.”

The big question is whether the Chiefs will return in all red for the next home game, Sept. 29 against the New York Giants.

“The guys had fun with it,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “We got a W. Let’s keep it going.”

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