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Watching an old NFL playoff game earlier this week it struck me how much the original Falcons were styled to look like the Georgia Bulldogs, with some tweaks to the striping. The basic silhouette was there-the dull red, the grey pants, the black logo on white. Obviously no accident, especially in light of the fact that, at least if Rick Reilly is to be believed, UGA football basically rules in Atlanta as well as Athens.

Any ohter parallels out there? UCLA and the old LA Chargers, for example?

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Watching an old NFL playoff game earlier this week it struck me how much the original Falcons were styled to look like the Georgia Bulldogs, with some tweaks to the striping. The basic silhouette was there-the dull red, the grey pants, the black logo on white. Obviously no accident, especially in light of the fact that, at least if Rick Reilly is to be believed, UGA football basically rules in Atlanta as well as Athens.

Any ohter parallels out there? UCLA and the old LA Chargers, for example?

I thought I had something, but lost my train of thought, and then accidentally hit the complete post instead of cancel post. Sorry.

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One could loosely include the Iowa Hawkeyes in this here...seeing as to how they basically swiped the Pittsburgh Steelers' identity and outfitted themselves in it. But that might be splitting hairs...

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One could loosely include the Iowa Hawkeyes in this here...seeing as to how they basically swiped the Pittsburgh Steelers' identity and outfitted themselves in it. But that might be splitting hairs...

Don't forget Kansas St and the Dallas Cowboys.

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One could loosely include the Iowa Hawkeyes in this here...seeing as to how they basically swiped the Pittsburgh Steelers' identity and outfitted themselves in it. But that might be splitting hairs...

Don't forget Kansas St and the Dallas Cowboys.

Not so much. Especially now that they've ditched the sleeve stripes.

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Watching an old NFL playoff game earlier this week it struck me how much the original Falcons were styled to look like the Georgia Bulldogs, with some tweaks to the striping. The basic silhouette was there-the dull red, the grey pants, the black logo on white. Obviously no accident, especially in light of the fact that, at least if Rick Reilly is to be believed, UGA football basically rules in Atlanta as well as Athens.

Any ohter parallels out there? UCLA and the old LA Chargers, for example?

George Halas got the Bears' colors from his alma mater, the U of I.

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One could loosely include the Iowa Hawkeyes in this here...seeing as to how they basically swiped the Pittsburgh Steelers' identity and outfitted themselves in it. But that might be splitting hairs...

Don't forget Kansas St and the Dallas Cowboys.

Except K State is purple. I'm not sure if that would apply.

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Watching an old NFL playoff game earlier this week it struck me how much the original Falcons were styled to look like the Georgia Bulldogs, with some tweaks to the striping. The basic silhouette was there-the dull red, the grey pants, the black logo on white. Obviously no accident, especially in light of the fact that, at least if Rick Reilly is to be believed, UGA football basically rules in Atlanta as well as Athens.

Any ohter parallels out there? UCLA and the old LA Chargers, for example?

From what I've read on the Falcons they were trying to look pretty close to UGA, but they added gold stripes to the original red helmets as a nod toward GA Tech (the stripes were gold/white/black/white/gold); they removed the gold stripes circa 1969/70. The original uniforms were a black jersey with the falcon logo on the sleeve and white pants with red/black/red stripes. Although they took off the falcon logo and put on stripes after a couple of seasons they didn't go to a red jersey until after the NFL/AFL merger.

The Falcons went to the silver pants in 1978 - many years after Vince Dooley had dropped the UGA "silver britches" (supposedly because he heard the "Go Silver BRITCHES" cheer as "Go Silver BITCHES"). Dooley brought the silver/grey pants back to UGA in 1980 - kind of imitating the pro team that was imitating a look the college had abandoned.

A few other pro/college parallels include the current Kansas set, which owes a lot to the NY Giants although the KU pants stripes are much wider; and the current Duke set is the Indy Colts.

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The original owner of the Falcons was an alum of UGA. That's why the colors and uniform look was so similar.....

And then to appease the GT fans, slapped a gold stripe outside of the white stripe on the helmets they wore when they started out. It always gives me a laugh.

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The original owner of the Falcons was an alum of UGA. That's why the colors and uniform look was so similar.....

And then to appease the GT fans, slapped a gold stripe outside of the white stripe on the helmets they wore when they started out. It always gives me a laugh.

That's not as ridiculous as what the Georgia Force did their first season here, when they added one red stripe and one gold stripe to the helmet for a couple weeks, when the Force's color scheme is black, blue, and silver....

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One could loosely include the Iowa Hawkeyes in this here...seeing as to how they basically swiped the Pittsburgh Steelers' identity and outfitted themselves in it. But that might be splitting hairs...

Don't forget Kansas St and the Dallas Cowboys.

Not so much. Especially now that they've ditched the sleeve stripes.

I guess I should have specified, I thought we would all know what i meant around here. ^_^ Before the recent redesign, Kansas St looked like Dallas, minus blue, add purple. But, yes, now not so much.

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One could loosely include the Iowa Hawkeyes in this here...seeing as to how they basically swiped the Pittsburgh Steelers' identity and outfitted themselves in it. But that might be splitting hairs...

Don't forget Kansas St and the Dallas Cowboys.

Except K State is purple. I'm not sure if that would apply.

I thought it was documented that the coach who started those jerseys wanted to look like Dallas. Anyone got the facts?

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This from The Helmet Project

*1 The original version of the Falcons helmet included two gold stripes in addition to the black and white stripes; most accounts indicate that these stripes were added to the helmet design to appease Georgia Tech fans who were disgruntled about the fact that red and black, the same colors used by Tech's arch rival, Georgia, were chosen as the Falcons team colors. I have recently received more than one photograph (including the one shown here; thanks to "Pantone" for this picture) verifying this design as having been used during an actual game, so I can safely say that the legitimacy of this reported design is not in doubt. While the Falcons web site does indicate that the gold stripes were actually used at one time, it lists 1967 and 1968 as the correct years, and indicates that the gold stripes bordered directly against the middle black stripe; this does not agree with the appearance of the helmet in photographs.

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And apparently, he got the pic from Pantone :P

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The original owner of the Falcons was an alum of UGA. That's why the colors and uniform look was so similar.....

And then to appease the GT fans, slapped a gold stripe outside of the white stripe on the helmets they wore when they started out. It always gives me a laugh.

That's not as ridiculous as what the Georgia Force did their first season here, when they added one red stripe and one gold stripe to the helmet for a couple weeks, when the Force's color scheme is black, blue, and silver....

Does anyone have a pic of that GA Force helmet?

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The original owner of the Falcons was an alum of UGA. That's why the colors and uniform look was so similar.....

And then to appease the GT fans, slapped a gold stripe outside of the white stripe on the helmets they wore when they started out. It always gives me a laugh.

That's not as ridiculous as what the Georgia Force did their first season here, when they added one red stripe and one gold stripe to the helmet for a couple weeks, when the Force's color scheme is black, blue, and silver....

Does anyone have a pic of that GA Force helmet?

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This is also telling of how much of a college town this is, when the pro sports teams almost HAVE to appease the college fans.

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wasn't it common for some teams to have similar colors to the local college teams? I can think of two. The Bears are orange/blue just like IL. And that other school is similar to the Browns. I can't recall the name of the school.

Bowling Green.

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wasn't it common for some teams to have similar colors to the local college teams? I can think of two. The Bears are orange/blue just like IL. And that other school is similar to the Browns. I can't recall the name of the school.

Bowling Green.

Kind of got that one backwards. Paul Brown, first coach of the team named for him, held his early training camps in Bowling Green. While on campus Brown was inspired by Bowling Green's orange and brown color combo and decided his club would have the same colors. Interestingly in the years that followed Brown donated old Browns gear to B.G.S.U. Throughout the decades that followed Bowling Green's uniforms were very similar to the Cleveland Browns from the helmet to going to the orange pants with the brown tops in the 70sand 80s.

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One could loosely include the Iowa Hawkeyes in this here...seeing as to how they basically swiped the Pittsburgh Steelers' identity and outfitted themselves in it. But that might be splitting hairs...

Don't forget Kansas St and the Dallas Cowboys.

Except K State is purple. I'm not sure if that would apply.

I thought it was documented that the coach who started those jerseys wanted to look like Dallas. Anyone got the facts?

That would make sense because Bill Snyder was an Iowa assistant coach when Hayden "Scratch Where It Itches" Fry appropriated the Steelers unis for the Hawks. Wisconsin did pretty much the same thing in the early '70s when their uniforms were quite close to the St. Louis Cardinals. (Then again, the Cardinals did have an ex-Badger kicker at the time ...)

In the mid- and late '90s, Iowa State's unis were quite close to the Kansas City Chiefs before they (unwisely, I think) went in a different direction.

George Halas gave the Bears his alma mater's colors, but I don't think the Bears ever had orange helmets.

When George Perles coached at Michigan State, the Spartans adopted the Steelers' logo-on-one-side look, for no good reason.

As for the Rams, one could argue in the '60s that ...

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... their dark unis looked like USC's and their white unis (which they wore a lot at home) looked like UCLA's.

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