Nike’s 2015 Pro Bowl Uniforms Are Hideous
Ever since Nike was awarded the NFL apparel license in 2012, football fans everywhere have eagerly awaited (or in some cases, dreaded) Nike’s uniform overhauls.
Most teams received minimal upgrades; when the Chiefs uniform was “re-envisioned” by the good folks at Nike, the largest change made was simply moving the TV numbers from the arms of the uniform to the shoulders (a move that I wholeheartedly approve of.) All in all, the Nike sponsorship has done little to negatively effect the Chiefs uniform us fans revere so much.
Dec 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (12) huddles up with the offense against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
That isn’t to say other fanbases were so lucky. First, there were the Jacksonville Jaguars, and their infamous “partially spray-painted helmet”. Then, at the beginning of this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got an “upgrade”, if you want to call it that. Between the unsightly color palette and the laughably bad looking “digital clock” numbers, the Buc’s uniform stands as a low point in Nike’s reign as the supplier of all things NFL.
That is, of course, if you aren’t counting the Pro Bowl jerseys. For the newly revamped Pro Bowl jersey, which you can see here, Nike has forgone the classic “Red V. Blue” color scheme of Pro Bowls of old for the same unsightly neon colors the University of Oregon so famously utilizes in college football. Last year’s uniforms were serviceable, if not ideal. I wasn’t a fan of the neon orange and yellow (green? Is that supposed to be green?) color schemes, but I figured the jersey would be better in Nike’s second year. It isn’t.
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Make no mistake, I’m not holding up older Pro Bowl jerseys as phenomenal, great, or really, even good; the old Pro Bowl jerseys suck too. The difference here is the Nike Pro Bowl jerseys are so unbelievably ugly and laughably bad that it’s hard to fathom that this is what the “premiere sports company” in the world comes up with when given free reign.
Obviously, this is opinion, and entirely subjective, but it’d be great if Nike could stop trying to make Oregon’s uniforms work for the Pro Bowl. It’s not happening.
What do you think of the 2015 Pro Bowl uniforms addicts? Do you love them? Do you hate them? Do you even care? Let us know in the comments.