The Sun Devils have worn a lot of different uniforms over the years. Some were pretty cool, such as the ASU sunburst helmets from the 1970s. Others were out-of-date before they even hit the field, such as these eyesores from 2003 (my apologies to those who like that jersey).
While many looks came and went, one was a constant over the past several decades: the helmet featuring Sparky the Sun Devil. Change the jersey, the pants, the fonts - no one cared so long as our beloved mascot was on the side of the helmet.
Then came 2011, and everything changed. College football had begun shifting away from traditional, becoming a living, breathing test case for Nike and other sports apparel producers. What would the general public embrace? What is considered too much change? Instead of risking an uproar over NFL uniforms, the trial and error in the college football ranks was a wise business decision.
Oregon has an unlimited supply of fancy uniforms. Nike has created a Pro Combat series for schools all across the country, including ASU's 2012 SEC foe, Missouri. It was up to Arizona State to embrace a new look - one that resonated with recruits and brought visibility to the program.
On April 12, 2011, ASU hosted a big media event and invited hundreds of people to join them on the second floor of the Memorial Union. In a showy, music-filled event, the Sun Devils unveiled their new uniforms. Here was our reaction.
Not everyone loved the look, but the uniforms turned out to be a great decision for the program. Now, fans can even put together the perfect Sun Devil look on an excellent website called The Devils Wear. Go ahead, tell us your favorite color combination the comments below!