For the first time in school history, the University of Florida football players will look like real alligators in a swamp when they take on Texas A&M on Saturday night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The Gators will wear an alternative “swamp green” uniform designed to look like the scaly skin of an alligator. It is the first time UF strays from the traditional orange and blue uniform.
Nike has been developing the alligator-themed uniform for two years, and unveiled it Monday night. The jersey has an alligator skin pattern. Player numbers are orange with royal blue trim. Names are orange.
The helmet features the Gator head logo, the first time the school has used that on the helmet.
The pants and socks are also swamp green, but don’t have the scaly pattern. Players will also wear swamp green gloves with royal blue straps and accents and an orange swoosh.
And, of course, what custom uniform is complete without special shoes? The Gators’ special-edition cleats for Saturday are swamp green and covered in Gator print with chrome orange plates.
Nike is no stranger to reptilian uniforms. They once made a frog-skinned set for Texas Christian University.