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NFL's larger players crying foul over design of skin-tight jerseys.

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'It makes me look fat - and I'm not fat'


They may already be larger than life, but these NFL players are larger than their jerseys, thanks to new alterations in the uniform that were set in place this season.

Several 300-pound-plus players have come forward to complain about their new jerseys, saying they hug in all the wrong places and rise up to the point where they look like belly shirts.

San Francisco 49ers player Alex Boone is one such player who says he's mortified by the exposed midriff during games.

The 300-pound guard told the Wall Street Journal: 'It makes me look fat, and I'm not fat.'

Boone told the paper that even his wife was no help.

'She said, "It looks like you ate a small baby."'

Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Terrence Cody, who tips the scales at 349 pounds, told the WSJ that he doesn't particularly like the new attire either.

He does, however, offer a solution: 'I feel like they should put different material in for the big guys.'

The league unveiled the new Nike-designed uniforms in April, dispatching a player from each of the 32 teams to parade around a Brooklyn, New York, film studio in something of a gridiron fashion show.

Those players were mostly quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, who are typically the lighter guys on the field.

The new uniforms came after the NFL's licensing agreement with Reebok expired in March - and the league turned to Nike for something fresh and more sleek.

Dubbed the Nike Elite 51, the company's designers spoke to numerous players, including Rams running back Steven Jackson, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, to find out what they want in a uniform.

Back in April, Nike's creative director for football and baseball, Todd Van Horne, told Reuters: 'We wanted to understand performance needs of the players.'

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I think Nike has kind of ruined the look of the jerseys, they are way too tight now days.
Originally posted by susweel:
I think Nike has kind of ruined the look of the jerseys, they are way too tight now days.

our uniforms are sick! Hope they never change.
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I noticed guys like J. Smith are constantly tugging their jerseys down.
They probably can't breathe in those tight a** things.
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Yeah, I noticed the jersey roll up thing, too. I didn't think it was a big deal. Boone is f**king funny, though.

I also noticed that the flywire collar thing does seem to make less pads pop out, but it also seems to make them harder to get back in when they do. Plus, I think they're fugly....

I think it's kinda funny that Boone is both the tallest lineman on the team and the lightest.
Originally posted by susweel:
I think Nike has kind of ruined the look of the jerseys, they are way too tight now days.
I like the look, but the material sucks and yes its way to tight. I'm 6'1 225 and while i was going to purchase one when they first hit the shelves, I tried one on (XXL) it felt way too snug around the rib/waist area and I only have a 35' waist!
[ Edited by Jesu80ncleats on Oct 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM ]
Get Randy Neuman to sing a song, "Fat People" like he did with "Short People"
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Originally posted by Jesu80ncleats:
Originally posted by susweel:
I think Nike has kind of ruined the look of the jerseys, they are way too tight now days.
I like the look, but the material sucks and yes its way to tight. I'm 6'1 225 and while i was going to purchase one when they first hit the shelves, I tried one on (XXL) it felt way too snug around the rib/waist area and I only have a 35' waist!

Bring back Reebok!
Originally posted by Jesu80ncleats:
Originally posted by susweel:
I think Nike has kind of ruined the look of the jerseys, they are way too tight now days.
I like the look, but the material sucks and yes its way to tight. I'm 6'1 225 and while i was going to purchase one when they first hit the shelves, I tried one on (XXL) it felt way too snug around the rib/waist area and I only have a 35' waist!

i just got my jersey and it was bigger than the Reebok jersey
I'm suprised a defender didn't like it. The o linemen get to grab to a point inside the pads. However skin tight jerseys make that tough. Or maybe it's making it easier to grab the pads? In which case I'm suprised the Olinemen are complaining. I've already cared about this more than I should.
Can't they order larger sizes?
Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Originally posted by Jesu80ncleats:
Originally posted by susweel:
I think Nike has kind of ruined the look of the jerseys, they are way too tight now days.
I like the look, but the material sucks and yes its way to tight. I'm 6'1 225 and while i was going to purchase one when they first hit the shelves, I tried one on (XXL) it felt way too snug around the rib/waist area and I only have a 35' waist!

i just got my jersey and it was bigger than the Reebok jersey
U callin me fat!