Tight Skivvies

They're what everyone's wearing this season. Here's why

Kevin Plank didn't set out to create a cult around athletic underwear. He just wanted a comfortable T shirt to wear under his football pads, though he admits he was a bit obsessive about it. The result is a line of sweat-shedding sports clothing that more than doubled its annual sales in 2002, to $55 million. It's called Under Armour, and athletes from pro football linebackers to kids who play in rec hockey leagues regard the skintight garments as cool--in every sense of the word.

Plank got the idea for Under Armour after eight of his football teammates at the University...

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