The Orlando Apollos unveiled their debut uniforms and added a top quarterback option Tuesday.
The Apollos selected Garrett Gilbert in the first round of The Alliance of American Football’s “Protect or Pick” Quarterback Draft on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Gilbert, who threw for nearly 9,800 yards and set a number of school passing records while playing at Texas and SMU, was waived by the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 1 after being signed by the team in March.
He originally was drafted in 2014 by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round, and signed with the New England Patriots later that season after being cut by the Rams. Gilbert stayed through the end of the season, earning a championship ring when the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Gilbert also played for the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders.
The Apollos took former UM standout Stephen Morris (2nd round), former UF quarterback Austin Appleby (3rd round) and Boca Raton native Kevin Anderson (4th round), who starred at Fordham, with their next three picks.
The Apollos joined other Alliance franchises unveiling Starter uniforms manufactured through G-III Sports.
The Orlando uniforms are white, orange and blue, featuring tones that honor Apollos coach Steve Spurrier’s past as a Florida Gators star quarterback and coach.
A statement released by the Alliance described the thought behind the Apollos’ color palette:
“Inspired by Apollo, the Greek god of sun, the sunshine state's new professional football franchise is a glowing testament to the power, imagery and energy made possible by the sun. The Orlando Apollos’ colors — navy blue, dark orange and bright orange — are reflective of the warm Florida sunshine.”
The front chest of the uniform is white with blue numbers with an orange shade. The sleeves are blue and feature the numbers in white with orange shade. The collar is orange and leads to the Alliance franchise logo in the center of the chest.
On Monday, Riddell and the Alliance announced a multi-year partnership. Teams will use Riddell helmet technology and protective equipment. The Apollos’ helmets will be from Riddell’s SpeedFlex and Speed platforms. Both helmets include several protective features and receive the best available 5-STAR rating from Virginia Tech. Alliance players will also use Riddell’s CPX and SPX shoulder pads.