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Coach Del Rio's Suit Turns Heads

4:49 PM, Nov 22, 2006   |    comments
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By Grayson Kamm First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- With a 26-10 win over the Giants, the Jaguars looked great. But nobody looked better than Coach Jack Del Rio. His outfit was the talk of the town Tuesday. Lonnie Cobb has been a tailor at Rosenblum's in San Marco for 27 years. He knows suits. And he loved Jack Del Rio's. Cobb said the coach, "Looked very sharp, professional, business-wise. A leader. A suit shows a leader." Leaders like Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, and Hank Stram -- the NFL's great coaches of the past -- came to the stadium dressed for business every week. To honor them, 49ers coach Mike Nolan started asking the NFL for permission to dress up last year. Jack Del Rio followed suit. But no NFL coach had sported a coat since 1993. The league's lucrative deal with Reebok kept coaches clad in more marketable clothes. This year, the NFL and Reebok decided to let Del Rio and Nolan try out a sharper look. Provided, of course, that their clothes came from Reebok's new Prestige Sport Collection, set to go on sale next year. Reebok says it gave Del Rio a tie and a sport coat built especially for the sidelines. It's made with Lycra material to help it handle sweaty afternoons and wild, arm-waving arguments with referees. Some of the coats even have snaps up front instead of buttons. Reebok plans to release the new clothing line to the public before next football season. So next year, any of the NFL coaches will be allowed to wear suits in up to two games. And those coaches may be inclined don their own versions of Del Rio and Nolan's "Wool Sport Blazer," as Reebok calls the coat. So far this season, coaches have worn suits in two games -- and they've won both contests. If you liked the look, you'll get to see it again soon. Coach Del Rio is planning to wear a sport coat and tie when the Colts come to town on December 10th.

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