Nike Pro Combat Uniforms Would Ruin NFC North Tradition

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The mock-ups of potential Nike Pro Combat designs have been swirling around the internet all day. They have created such a buzz that the official NFL PR twitter account needed to step in and announce the following:

just to clarify, the artist renderings of NFL uniforms floating around ARE NOT from the league or Nike. stand down

Ok, fine. The renderings may not be legit but what they represent is troubling nonetheless.

The off the wall designs are fine for the college game. Schools like Boise State, Oregon and TCU are perfectly suited for the Nike Pro Combat designs. College football is all about drawing attention to yourself and the Pro Combat designs certainly accomplish that goal.

The NFL, and professional sports in general, is a different animal. Do you Yankees fans would like their pinstripes to suddenly become zig-zags? I don’t get the feeling fans of the Packers or Bears would care for a drastic alteration of their traditional uniforms either.

It’s fine for the Jacksonville Jaguars to accent with teal but that’s not going to fly in the black and blue division. Would Dick Butkus be caught dead in a Nike Pro Combat uniform? Barry Sanders, a guy that never even spiked a football or danced in the end zone, would probably feel pretty silly putting on one of those designs. Let’s be honest, Honolulu Blue is about as wild as it gets in the NFC North. It should stay that way.

And now for the NFC North Pro Combat designs as made by various people across the interwebs, next page: Chicago Bears

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  • EQ

    Aside from Minnesota’s design change, I really don’t see how the uniform change would really affect the “tradition” of the NFC North. I actually like the uniform changes. SOme teams in the NFL would really benefit from a little hype on their unis. Chicago would still retain the “classic” essence of its uniform, the only two major changes in the Lions’ uni is “Lions” on the chest and the number going back to block form, and the Packers still retain their overall classic look, as well. The Vikings, well, their uniforms look gaudy in their current state, and would retain the same gaudy look, anyway.

    I don’t think the change in uniform design will really take away from the game. Also, the Nike Combat Unis have more of a second skin feeling than the actual 5 or 6 pounds of additional weight presented by traditional uniforms.

    • Zac Snyder

      The thought of a subtle Pro Combat design did occur to me as I was writing this post but the fact remains the same: the design is a marketing gimmick. That’s not what the NFC North is about, Brett Favre notwithstanding.

      As for the second skin feel, I’m all for technological advances in fabrics. Just don’t mess with the look of the traditional NFL brand.

      • EQ

        Unfortunately, the NFL as a whole IS a marketing gimmick.

        • eyeguy81

          Vikings unis gaudy? Are you smoking crack? Their logo and colors are the best in the NFL. With the deep purple and horns..CLASSIC! Now, this new uni design? HELL NO! Do not want the lighter purple or the ridiculous looking yellow pants and helmet. It is bad enough the NFL makes us watch Packer and Steeler games with those neon yellow colors. Makes me nauseous. Please Steeler owners, do not wear those yellow helmets EVER again. On a bright sunny day, it is impossible to enjoy the game!

  • Ross Husson

    I agree with you Zac, the NFC North has too much tradition in their uniforms to change them. I also think it is good for college teams and newer, less tradition NFL teams, but I can’t see any of the NFC North teams wearing these uniforms.

  • Jay

    Honolulu Blue is as wild as it gets in the NFC North? Um, what about the Vikings’… neon purple?

    (And you’re making fun of the Jaguars for wearing teal. You seem to be suggesting teal is an effeminate colour. Yeah, how about bright purple?)

    • Zac Snyder

      I guess I don’t consider the Vikings purple to be neon, not that I give much thought to shades of purple. I give them the benefit of the doubt over the Jags because the Vikings have been purple for so long that it has become traditional. The statement about the teal was in relation to a traditional athletic color pallet, not the level of masculinity.

  • ChrisBerumen

    packers look like baylor, and vikings look like LSU