'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.'