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NFL players to Nike: “You make me look fat”

October 9, 2012

Punch line: After decades of wearing Reebok uniforms, NFL teams switched to Nike jerseys this year.  Nike introduced new tighter, sleeker uniforms, claiming enhanced performance, but some of the bigger linemen are asking the question, “Does this make me look fat?”

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Excerpted from WSJ’s, “The NFL’s 300-Pound Fashion Victims”

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Pondered in the NFL locker room this season, as some players try on their new tighter, sleeker Nike uniforms, is a question usually reserved for Nordstrom fitting lounges:

Does this make me look fat?

After a decade of wearing Reebok-made jerseys, NFL teams this year switched to Nike, which unveiled a new model that has what it calls a “body-contoured fit.

” While it looks great on Adonis-like players such as Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Miami running back Reggie Bush, it’s a bit less popular among those who are a bit more full-figured.

Tight jerseys are all the fashion in some sports.

How better to show off the sculpted physiques of NBA players?

Adidas even claims its tight Chelsea jersey “stabilizes and focuses the muscles’ energy.” 

Outfitting the NFL presents a range of problems—or rather, a problem of range.

Some receivers, running backs and kickers weigh less than 200 pounds. Linemen, meanwhile, routinely top 300. 

Making jerseys for lineman has become a bigger challenge in recent years.

The 1966 Green Bay Packers, winners of the first Super Bowl, did not feature an offensive lineman heavier than 250 pounds.

Today, the Packers’ five offensive line starters weigh an average of 312.8.

“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,” a Nike spokesman said. “The uniforms are available in a variety of sizes and cuts for different players with enhanced performance in mind.”

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Imagine the NFL if …

October 3, 2011

Interesting analogy from NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton.

Guess the system he’s describing…

Extracted from WSJ: What if the NFL Played by Different Rules?

Imagine the National Football League in an alternate reality.

Each player’s salary is based on how long he’s been in the league. It’s about tenure, not talent.

The same pay scale is used for every player, no matter whether he’s an All-Pro quarterback or the last man on the roster.

For every year a player’s been in this NFL, he gets a bump in pay. The only difference between Tom Brady and the worst player in the league is a few years of step increases.

And if a player makes it through his third season, he can never be cut from the roster until he chooses to retire, except in the most extreme cases of misconduct.

Of course, he’s talking education and why the union-dominated school systems underperform.

Not a lot of new news, but brings the problem to life.

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