The trio of teammates are first and foremost focused on on-field success, but they also know that looking and feeling put-together makes a difference.
“I like to have style with everything I’m doing,” Smith said. “I feel like if you’re confident off the field, then you’re confident on the field, as well.”
Added Mattison: “It’s all about going out there and performing your best, and you need everything to be in line for that to happen. You need your home life to be right, your family, your mental state, physical state – everything needs to be in line for you to do that. That goes along with feeling good and having good energy.”
Bradbury, Smith and Mattison were impressed with the King Brothers’ professionalism and know-how but also emphasized their down-to-earth nature and ability to connect with their clients.
And of course, there’s the twin factor.
“It’s cool just to see the way they interact. They just toss ideas off of each other and piece things together,” Mattison said. “One says something and the other will say, ‘Oh yeah, what about this?’ They just kind of click. It was really cool to be a part of that process.”
Each of the players had individual fittings with Danny and Kenny, who encouraged them to be bold and express their personality with fabric and pattern choices, inside lining designs, buttons, embroidery and, of course, dress shirts and neck ties.
The brothers also are ready to give guidance when requested.
“I had a lot of fun in choosing. I needed to get some standard stuff but some fun stuff, too,” Bradbury said. “That’s not my forte or cup of tea, but I think they did a really good job of helping me pick some stuff that’s a little outside my comfort zone, and I had a lot of fun with it.”
Mattison is still working on defining his personal style and appreciated the brothers’ willingness to assist.
“I really appreciate how professional and excited they were about making a suit and bringing in my personality and what I wanted,” he said.
“Hopefully I can make a statement and build my own brand and my own style,” Mattison later added. “There’s one suit that we picked out and were like, ‘You know what? Let’s just do this. It’s got a nice pop to it.’ I hope it looks good on me.”
With one of his suits, Smith opted for a print that gives a nod to his collegiate career with the Crimson Tide.