Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Re-born Bandits will at least have thrice the helmet versatility to kick off 2015

The Tampa Bay Bandits will restart life in spring professional football in March of 2015, and they will do so with a lot more helmet choices than in its previous incarnation.

“We spent a lot of time perfecting the Bandits logo, and we wanted three different helmet designs to give our franchise the most dynamic uniform set in all of Florida,” said Steve Humphries, the A11FL’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Advanced Media. “The Bandits brand will take Florida pro football by storm.”

The Bandits’ colors stay true to the 1983-85 United States Football League incarnation - black, red, white and silver. Tampa Bay’s primary helmet is silver with a black face mask and a stripe which is red in the middle, white on either side and with a black border.

“I think it looks fierce,” said Brandon Williams, an up-and-coming graphic artist from Orlando, Florida. “The colors are really strong to me. The helmet is really awesome.”

The original Bandits had just one silver helmet. The A11FL Bandits will have at least two more. The Night Rider helmet is black with a red logo, black face mask and a stripe which is red down the middle with white on the sides and a silver border.

We give all our helmet concepts their own unique name to add something fun for the fans,” Humphries said. “Mixing the color of the logo up with imagery of a bandit riding a fire red horse in the night is for those players who strap on that helmet and go into battle. This helmet is an attitude-adjuster.

“We are taking a different approach to our team marks, allowing their color schemes to adjust so we can optimize their design for each helmet. A perfect example is the red horse on the black Night Rider helmet. The integrity of the Bandit identity remains intact, but the red horse takes the helmet design to the next level.”

“That helmet really pops, and gives another type of aggressiveness to the logo and to the team,” Williams said. “I would be scared to play against those guys in that uniform.”

The Bandits’ Renegade helmet is red with a black face mask and black jagged stripe.

“What I like about that one is the jagged edges on the stripe,” Williams said. “That was a really great touch, tying in to the word mark.”

Dusty Sloan is the A11 Professional Football League’s Senior Editor/Vice President of Editorial Content.


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  2. Does anybody at the A11 Football League know what "Night Rider" means?

    I was recently on a website where I learned that "Night Rider" was a term linked with the Ku Klux Klan, because the Klan's members engaged in acts of terror under cover of darkness, and often did so on horseback.

    Florida was a stronghold of Klan activity in the 20th Century. In fact, Tampa was where a really terrible act of Klan violence (the flogging, castration, tarring and feathering of Mr. Joseph Shoemaker) happened in 1937.

    For all of these reasons, I think "Night Rider" is not a good name for that football helmet.

    1. Hi Corbin, the A11FL takes your comment seriously and we appreciate you bringing this up. There is no intention whatsoever to associate the Tampa Bay Bandits Rider character with these types of activities in any way shape or form. There are general references to "Bandits" operating during the night and the black Night Rider helmet design was a simple reference to that. In Florida Red Bull holds a Night Rider surfing event too. If you could send us the link to the article you are referencing to steve@a11fl.com we will gladly do additional research and make additional changes if necessary. We did look at a reference in Wikipedia, and there was a general one sentence reference to a concept of "night riders" with no specific geographic location. But like we said, we want to get things right so please send over your research. Thank you so much,