Atlanta Falcons release new uniforms after photos were leaked online

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The Atlanta Falcons had to make some adjustments in releasing their new uniforms.

Originally, the team did not plan to show off their new designs until next Tuesday. But the unveiling was bumped up to a surprise announcement on Wednesday after photos of the uniform leaked online the previous day.

The franchise will return to wearing black jerseys with black pants at home, and several of the uniforms include an "ATL" logo on the front above the numbers. The uniforms include eight different color combinations, including two with black jerseys, one with white and, most notably, a red gradient jersey in which the lower half is black.

The principal away look will remain white on white.

"Black has been a part of our history since 1966 and both our fans and players have asked us to bring it back," owner Arthur Blank wrote in a statement. "The 'ATL' moniker is known around the world and we now we it proudly as our badge of unity, diversity and togetherness. Something our world needs more of, especially in these tough times."

The changes mark the team's first rebranding in 17 years. The team first began discussing new uniforms in 2016 and started the redesign process in January 2018.

The jerseys will go on sale at the original launch date of April 14.

"I think these new uniforms will give us, give the city a new energy and I think people are going to really be excited about it," defensive tackle Grady Jarrett said in a statement. "We know this is a tough time for everyone right now, but we hope this can bring some excitement and light to our city and our fans. Around the whole world everybody knows what ATL stands for, so we're proud to represent that, today and every day."

The Falcons join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in redesigning their uniforms this month. The Cleveland Browns will follow next week, with the Los Angeles Rams also set for a reboot at a later date.

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