Long before Ugo Amadi stepped on the field at Autzen Stadium decked out in Ducks swag, he knew of Oregon football’s reputation for eccentric, tricked out, statement-maker uniforms, and he couldn’t wait to get his hands on one.
Little did Amadi know, he’d own about 60 Oregon uniforms over his four-year career with the Ducks.
“It got to a point where I didn’t know which ones were my favorite uniforms because all of them look good. It was so tough,” Amadi told Joe Fann on the latest episode of Talkin’ Seahawks. “And then my senior year, we got to choose our uniforms, what we wanted to wear each weekend because Cristobal let us have fun with it man, it’s just crazy. The uniforms are ridiculous.”
Ridiculous is right. Whether we’re talking about the all-white stormtroopers or the green-on-green slick unis from the 2015 Rose Bowl, Oregon has been at the forefront of innovation while annihilating opponents.
We discuss The Uniform Craze That Revolutionized College Football in our NBC Sports NW podumentary on the Sports Uncovered podcast feed.
Amadi says the Oregon equipment room is a secret spot for hidden treasures. Inside, you can find the black and pink 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness jerseys and other vintage uniforms that players have never returned to claim.
He wouldn’t leave his favorite combo behind though. Amadi says one highly-touted uniform paired with black winged helmets is his most cherished.
I like the Jordan and Oregon collab they did with UCLA. I like that collab the most. But we had a lot of good uniforms. Even the Ducks uniform we wore against Colorado my sophomore year, that was really good too. I feel like Oregon likes to be different and that’s what I’m like, I like to be different, I like to standout. -- Ugo Amadi
While Amadi’s days at Oregon are now in the past, the Seattle Seahawks safety says there’s one stylistic choice he still wears as a nod to his college team, who always strived to be offbeat.
I always wear the action green gloves just so my family can tell me apart from other people, just look at my gloves. Everybody else wear their white gloves, but I like to wear the action green. -- Ugo Amadi
Hear more from Amadi on the latest Talkin’ Seahawks podcast as he looks to his second season in Seattle and discusses how he’s adjusted to the unusual NFL offseason and learning from All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner.