Nike’s uniform unveiling gave most Lions fans what they wanted. Minor updates to the current look that take advantage of the latest in uniform technology.
Perhaps Nike just wants us to fall for their marketing scheme but they claim everything from a better fit to improve a player’s range of motion to fabric technology that decreases weight whether wet or dry.
Nike was able to stay true to classic designs, like the Pittsburgh Steelers, and still integrate the new technology. However, the Green Bay Packers apparently weren’t comfortable going even that far according to the Nike website:
The Green Bay Packers have chosen to stay with their traditional design aesthetic as well as their former uniform fabrication for the coming season. In addition to serving as the Packers on-field supplier for uniforms, sideline apparel, practice wear and baselayer, Nike will provide both men’s and women’s fan wear apparel. Athletes will now also be able to wear the Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Glove featuring the interlocking team logo on the palms.
Isn’t even the possibility of an advantage through uniform technology worth taking the plunge, especially if it can be incorporated in a way that doesn’t change the overall look of the uniform? It’s not like the Packers are wearing the same fabrics their very first team wore in 1919. The Packers say they’re open to revisiting the decision later. Why the reluctance now? Ultimately it doesn’t matter to Lions fans, it either has no effect whatsoever or results in an advantage for the Lions. Thanks Green Bay Packers, we’ll take that.
[Editorial note: Carolina, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Oakland also turned down the new fabrics.]