If you aren’t aware, Nike will be the new outfitter of the NFL, taking over for Reebok beginning next season. Nike has created their Pro Combat uniforms ( I didn’t know plying football was the same as going into combat…weird) for several college teams, Oregon is the team most famous for wearing them. And they’re ugly.Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-Nike, I’m anti-ugly uniforms, and Nike makes a lot of them.
I’ve never been a fan of teams changing their uniforms week by week like Oregon does. I like uniforms of schools like Penn State, Alabama, LSU, and Michigan, those to me are cool. Those schools,however, have a lot more traditions and have won a lot more than schools such as Oregon. This is Oregon’s tradition, that’s all they have since they’re not winning national championships (yet).
Nike has promised changes to uniforms of many current teams. I think some teams like the Jaguars and Seahawks need tweaks to their uniforms, but what’s so wrong with other teams’ uniforms? I was at an exhibition football game in Sacramento on Saturday and a guy I bumped into told me that my Patriots would be,too. I immediately belted out an annoyed “Noooo!” fearing that they are going to “Oregon-ize” my team’s uniforms. I like the Patriots’ current set of uniforms, but I don’t love them. I love their old school uniforms from the mid-60s and wish they would return to those full time. If they ever made that change, I would be extremely happy.
I love other teams’ uniforms like the Packers, Steelers, and Raiders. Those are great uniforms that have been around for decades that need absolutely no tweaking. There are a lot more teams that have uniforms that should stay how they are right now as well (Cowboys, Giants, Jets, Chiefs, Ravens, Browns, Colts, Texans, Dolphins, Bills, 49ers, Bears, Lions, Saints, Buccaneers, Panthers, Eagles, Redskins). The teams listed in parentheses should keep their current sets. If your team wasn’t listed, they probably need some tweaks.
I’ve looked at some of the possible new uniforms for teams and I seriously want to throw up. I think they’re absolutely hideous and I hope other football fans agree with me. Often times fans are pretty okay with their team’s uniforms unless they’ve been changed into something ugly. Thankfully at the moment, teams can only change uniforms once every five years.
All I know is the NFL doesn’t need to make the whole league’s uniforms look like Oregon’s. This isn’t college, there you can get away with doing that shit to uniforms, this is the NFL, they have more traditional uniforms that fans love. I hope Nike takes this into consideration, but I highly doubt they will. Get ready to see an uglier NFL.