The NFL and Nike unveiled new uniforms for all 32 teams on Tuesday (April 3), kicking off a five-year deal between the companies as the exclusive provider of on-field apparel.
The new gear was shown off during a gala celebration in Brooklyn, New York via a gridiron-styled fashion show, giving everyone a first look at the gear which has been kept under lock and key in the week’s leading up to the launch.
As seen in the photos, the majority of the uniforms didn’t show any drastic changes, most including minor tweaks to fabric and composition.
According to Nike’s co-founder Bill Bowerman started, they crafted a baselayer throughout the entire uniform, which features “lightweight padding is integrated directly into the crucial hit zones”. The new gear also feature Flywire technology into the neckline to reduce weight and provide lockdown fit over pads, and a new four-way stretch fabrication to provide a streamlined shrink-wrap fit.
A Nike press release said teams chose varying levels of design changes reflecting their unique heritage. The Seattle Seahawks’ uniform got the biggest makeover. They work directly with Nike to re-design the entire look of their uniform to honor the team’s Northwest roots, and also give a nod to the fans. The Chicago Bears chose to continue to honor George S. Hallas, by enlarging his GSH initials on the jersey sleeve.
The Nike uniforms also boast the Nike Vapor Game Sock, a sock designed specifically for football; the Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Gloves; and the Nike Vapor Talon Elitecleat (as seen in the photos).
Nike is a new NFL partner, taking over uniform and gear design from Reebok, who had been the supplier for the last decade.