Jersey War on the Gridiron!
Forget about the Defensive Line, it's more like the Defensive Whine! Instead of worrying about the next play, some NFL players are wondering "Does this uniform make me look fat?!" The larger than life players are too large for their jerseys, thanks to the new cut this season.
San Francisco 49ers player Alex Boone says he's mortified that his midriff shows during games.
The 300-pound guard told the Wall Street Journal: "It makes me look fat, and I'm not fat."
Boone told the paper that even his wife was no help.
"She said, 'It looks like you ate a small baby.'"
Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Terrence Cody, who tips the scales at 349 pounds, told the WSJ that he doesn't particularly like the new attire either.
He does, however, offer a solution: "I feel like they should put different material in for the big guys."
The league unveiled the new Nike-designed uniforms in April at a gridiron fashion show. The new uniforms came after the NFL's licensing agreement with Reebok expired in March - and the league turned to Nike for something fresh and more sleek. It's more sleek alright. These boys look like a stuffed sausage.
Back in April, Nike's creative director for football and baseball, Todd Van Horne, told Reuters: "We wanted to understand performance needs of the players."
Van Horne added: "They were told players want what they wear to be as lightweight as possible. They want a lockdown fit but with full range of motion."
Even the belt buckle on the pants has been changed from metal to aluminum. Overall, the uniform is said to be eight per cent lighter than before.
The new uniforms also don't have zippers or laces at the top of the pants.
Nike also worked on what the players wear under their uniform and developed different apparel for extremely hot or cold temperatures.
But Nike says that the players who feel their jerseys are too tight should simply get a larger one. Don't look at the size, it will be ok boys.
A Nike spokesman told the WSJ: "We have 40 years of experience in the football business and the idea in our products is for optimal performance and we work with the athletes to find fit and function."
"The uniforms are available in a variety of sizes and cuts for different players with enhanced performance in mind."
So what do you think about the Jersey War? Should the design be changed?
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Online Dish: NFL Defensive "Whinemen" Say Jerseys Make Them Look Fat
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