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NPR Article about Natty Dressers

AndrewRogers

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I stumbled upon this at the NPR site.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...97&ft=1&f=1057

Football coaches today dress entirely different from their natty predecessors. Until, as best as I can tell, sometime in the 1980s, football coaches dressed like gentlemen who appeared to be merely stopping off at the stadium on their way to church. Coats and ties, absolutely. Stylish camel-hair overcoats were favored when the weather turned chilly. And, oh, the male millinery. I can still see Paul Brown in a snappy straw number. Bear Bryant in his perennial houndstooth. Tom Landry's little fedora that bordered on your porkpie.

Some of Landry's gear would now be close to pimp-eqsue!


 

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Coach Paterno, although certainly not a natty dresser, always impressed me with the way he dressed and always wore a tie.

 

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I blame the post-victory gator-aide dunk!
 

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nm. I thought this was going to have someting to do with James Fenimore Cooper.
 

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Aren't they all now required to wear NFL licensed apparel on the sidelines.
Was it just a year or so ago that the Cowboys coach wanted to wear a suit and the NFL asked Nike to make one up for him...in black.
 

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Originally Posted by David V
Aren't they all now required to wear NFL licensed apparel on the sidelines.
Was it just a year or so ago that the Cowboys coach wanted to wear a suit and the NFL asked Nike to make one up for him...in black.


You're on the right track but some of your details are mixed up.

They were required to wear official NFL-licensed sideline team apparel, which was (is still?) manufactured by Reebok. Mike Nolan, then-coach of the 49ers, wanted to wear a suit a few years back, and put in a request to the NFL. After a few go-rounds they let him do it under limited circumstances but the suit still had to be provided by Reebok for contractual reasons. I think Jack del Rio of the Panthers did it too.

Since then they've decided to open it up a bit more and I think Joseph Abboud is the official provider.
 

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