Color Rush Uniforms: Stylish or Overdoing It?
January 4, 2017
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In three 2015 Thursday Night games, the NFL dressed players in one-color leotards called “Color Rush uniforms.” This season, each team got one.
The uniforms have become one of the most significant parts of the NFL. Changes to what players wear is long overdue. Most of the Color Rush uniforms are extremely nice and look as good as the regular ones. The Baltimore Ravens have one of the best. It’s all purple and complemented by gold numbers and a white stripe on both pant legs, giving the team their greatest look of all time.
However, there are those characteristics that aren’t as pleasant as others. Some uniforms, like the all-whites, are abysmal. Packers’ legendary coach Vince Lombardi once said that the only colors in Green Bay are green and yellow. If that’s the case then why are their Color Rush outfits white and the two primary colors highlights?
Then there are the uniforms that look no different.The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles made practically zero changes between their Thursday Night outfits and regular ones, to give an example.
One of the worst parts about the outfits is the changing of fonts. The Steelers, Broncos and Falcons are three of the teams who have done this. Their numbers look completely different than the regular ones. Changing the uniform is one thing. But why not stick to the lettering that looks good for each team?
There’s something else key about the uniforms: the simpler, the worse. The jerseys that have barely any details don’t look as good. And it’s not barely having anything that’s the problem. It’s doing simple the wrong way.
Simple is supposed to mean classic, not bland and lazy. If you want to go with a more retro look, then use your original uniforms. Don’t make the new ones with only different colored numbers and nothing more.
The biggest problem is too much flash. Some of the uniforms completely overdo the shiny colors. The Jacksonville Jaguars gold is fine, but where’s the black and teal? The Miami Dolphins orange is just ugly. These are two of the situations where classic is the better option.
One positive about every uniform is that the pants and jerseys match perfectly. The Oakland Raiders are the only team with an outfit that doesn’t have unity. Their pants still look grey. The new addition should be entirely silver, black or white.
If you’re interested in the uniforms, you can buy them at nflshop.com or find them at a sporting goods or apparel store.