But as soon as you insert Nike into a uniform conversation, you can throw convention right out the window, and that’s exactly what the NFL did recently. On Tuesday, the league unveiled Nike’s design for the 2014 Pro Bowl jerseys, and conventional they are not.
The best way to describe them is just to say that they are very, um, Nike. The second best way to describe them might be by saying Nike essentially plucked the uniform designs they put together for college programs in the state of Oregon and translated them to the pro game.
Exhibit A: University of Oregon and Oregon State University football uniforms:
Here’s a closer look of each kit individually for your viewing pleasure—click to enlarge.
Carbon copies, down to the neon yellow/green and orange. Part of me wishes they would just go ahead and make Pro Bowl helmets (matte of course), because the normal ones make the uniforms look more ridiculous than they already are.
Don’t take that the wrong way, though. Ridiculous, yes. Ridiculously awesome. They’re so so so different that they make one hell of a statement. When people think about the incredibly different college uniforms out there, one of the first teams that comes to mind is the Oregon Ducks’ (Boise St. is a very close second), so why not bring those unique designs to the NFL? The style of play that Chip Kelly brought to that program is making it’s way into the league, it’s only fitting that those uniforms make the jump to the pro level as well.
What do you guys and gals think of these?