DENVER — Back in the day, it was the Orange Crush.
Now, it’s United in Orange. And for Super Bowl 50, it’s United in … white?
The Broncos chose to wear their visiting team colors when they meet up with the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
But white is not even a color. Why would the Broncos choose white over the beloved orange for the big game?
“I think the decision to go with a color that is perceived to be better, more equitable with the team, is a great decision,” said Rick Perea, a sports psychologist.
Perea, a former Broncos player, knows the effect color can have on an athlete.
“It affects mood. It affects performance,” he said.
The Broncos are 0-4 when they have worn orange in a Super Bowl. They are 1-1 when they wore white and 1-0 when they wore blue.
“The decision was made out of superstition,” Perea said.
So if the Broncos wear orange and lose, the fans will see red and not wear orange, which would make everyone blue. So wear white.
Ten of the past 11 Super Bowl-winning teams wore their white uniforms when they won the title.