Fashion Friday: Best and Worst Florida Gators Jerseys

By Phillip Heilman

Well, another proud season of Florida football is soon coming to an end.

Better get your party hats and kegs ready as all of Gainesville celebrates another national title. See, who even needs Urban Meyer? Not the Gators.

Wait, what? Florida isn’t even going to make a bowl game? What the hell happened to Will Muschamp’s team. This is an outrage.

Well, there isn’t much to talk about concerning the Gators’ on-field results, so we might as well talk about some of the best and worst uniforms Florida has won in the past 10 years.

This list is completely subjective (although if you don’t agree, you’re probably wrong) and subject to change by the end of the season.

Without further adieu, lets take a look at some of the best Florida has worn.

Best:

3. The Throwback Uniform

NCAA Football: Alabama at Florida

Worn: 2006 season

Rationale: Keep it simple stupid. It’s a good rule for writing, and it is often a great rule for designing uniforms. The throwback uniforms are in total contrast to the Nike Pro Combat. They featured a slick white helmet with the old-school F.

The jerseys had no writing but instead blended a cool mix of colors. Sharp.

2. The 2010 Nike Pro Combat

NCAA Football: Florida vs Georgia

Worn: 2010 season

Rationale: Few changes were made for this uniform, but choosing to remove the stripe on the helmet was a pretty cool touch. Meanwhile, the design on the shoulder pad made the players look pretty sleek, even if they were in a post-Tebow haze on the field.

1. The Solid White

DEC 05 SEC Championship Game - Florida v Alabama

Worn: 2009 SEC Championship Game

Rationale: Hot damn did the Gators look good in all white. It was as if Tim Tebow were actually an angel sent from Heaven. So what if they lost to Alabama and have never fully recovered? They looked super fly going down in flames. Bring them back!

Worst:

3. Blue on Orange

NCAA Football: Sugar Bowl-Louisville vs Florida

Worn: 2013 Sugar Bowl

Rationale: The only thing uglier than Florida’s performance in a loss to Louisville was what the Gators wore while getting beat down. Bright orange pants on linemen bring attention to the wrong places. Actually, I’m not sure there is any good place on a lineman’s body to bring attention. Still, no thanks.

2. Orange Shoulder

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 29 Georgia v Florida

Worn: 2005

Rationale: Seriously, what the hell were people thinking here? Florida was far from the only program to experiment with the different colored shoulder pad, but none of them worked. It looked like the players slipped into a bucket of paint. Gross.

1. Alternate Orange

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Worn: 2010

Rationale: All-orange jerseys are a bad idea to begin with, but if you are going to do it, at least use the right color. These jerseys looked more like what the Tennessee Volunteers wear than the Gators. No wonder that season was such a train wreck. Please, never ever again.

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