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Nike uniforms will be unveiled on April 3

As the opening credits rolled for Friday’s PFT Live, I posted a short and sweet tweet regarding the unveiling of the new NFL Nike uniforms.

The considerably-less-than-140-character message drew plenty of attention, so I figured it made sense to mention it here.

On April 3, Nike and the NFL officially will launch their partnership at an event in New York.

Nike’s intentions regarding the NFL uniforms remain unclear.  An executive promised “dramatic” changes when the deal was struck in 2010.  The NFL more recently has explained that the changes will primarily be reflected in the construction of the jersey.

Most recently, Nike CEO and president Mark Parker said that the company will “have some fun” while “respecting the traditions” of the teams.

We’ll all get something slightly more definitive on April 3.

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78 Responses to “Nike uniforms will be unveiled on April 3”
  1. raqaiw says: Mar 9, 2012 1:37 PM

    The NFL has the final say on all jerseys. Don’t expect much change.

  2. joetoronto says: Mar 9, 2012 1:38 PM

    Man, I hope they don’t look anything like that junk in the picture.

  3. bjtmeyer says: Mar 9, 2012 1:40 PM

    Get your popcorn ready!

  4. explosionsauce says: Mar 9, 2012 1:41 PM

    Damn, I just bought a Patrick Willis jersey…

  5. jenniferxxx says: Mar 9, 2012 1:41 PM

    NFL corporate sellout in progress … stand by.

  6. jmsincla says: Mar 9, 2012 1:43 PM

    So I assume this means merch prices will rise by 50%? Also, Nike has made some ugly college uniforms.

  7. pftard says: Mar 9, 2012 1:43 PM

    I have a sneaking suspicion that in an effort to ‘upgrade’ and ‘modernize’ the NFL’s ‘look’…., the new Nike uniforms will be hideous and fans will react negatively.

  8. shaggytoodle says: Mar 9, 2012 1:44 PM

    I hope they can atleast get the team colors right, I thought few years ago Oregon was in one of its biggest games in school history, and wasn’t wearing any school color. I thought that was weak.

    P.S. Please no highlighter shades on any uniforms.

  9. babyjesus69 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:45 PM

    THANK YOU!!! Cannot wait. Reebok is outdated when it comes to creativity. Such a shame that the NFL (the world’s greatest sport) was handcuffed with having the worst attire for the players AND the fans.

  10. whatnojets says: Mar 9, 2012 1:45 PM

    “On April 3, Nike and the NFL officially will launch their partnership at any event in New York.”

    I don’t get it!?

  11. barnold1993 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:46 PM

    Can’t wait these new jerseys will be bad ass. Can’t wait to see the eagles jersey.

  12. theroc5156 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:46 PM

    I cringe on what the Bengals are going to look like.

  13. oklahomaseahawk says: Mar 9, 2012 1:46 PM

    Being a Seahawks fan I’m finding it hard to believe this is a good thing…

  14. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:46 PM

    this could be awesome or this could be very… VERY bad..

  15. indycolts1 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:46 PM

    They will have flags attached to them

  16. kane337 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:46 PM

    If Nike has “fun” like they do with college uniforms it will be a disaster.

  17. themonster49 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:47 PM

    Can’t say I’m looking forward to the new uniforms, but there are a few that could use an upgrade. —> Buffalo Bills.

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 9, 2012 1:48 PM

    49ers new unis – Denim looking pants and a red and white buttondown flannel looking jersey. What!!??

  19. destroyedbydansnyder says: Mar 9, 2012 1:51 PM

    First free agency and then this? Then the draft? Excited to see if they are tasteful. I am a fan of the Matte finish on some of the helmets in college (VT and Oregon).

  20. bigzant82 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:51 PM

    can the public go to this event?

  21. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 9, 2012 1:52 PM

    this could be bad.

  22. t16rich says: Mar 9, 2012 1:54 PM

    I am excited about this.

  23. orbearider66 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:55 PM

    But if Nike comes up with something Godawful (like just about every Oregon uniform), don’t the teams have the option to reject it?

  24. phillyfan4ever says: Mar 9, 2012 1:59 PM

    Thank god! Reebok gear is awful

  25. brgndyngold says: Mar 9, 2012 2:02 PM

    Its about time the NFL upgrades its uniforms. Im excited to see what Nike does with the uniforms. I dont expect a huge change, but change none the less is good.

  26. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 9, 2012 2:04 PM

    So big free agency signings that normally prompt jersey sales will be clearing Reebok inventory, and all jerseys will be (at best) slightly outdated within a month… noted.

  27. trollhammer20 says: Mar 9, 2012 2:23 PM

    The Seahawks were one of the first teams to jump on for a new look. As a fan, I kind of like the current uniforms, mainly because so many people seem to hate them. “Oh, no, people think our uniforms are ugly, we shan’t be welcome at the Cotillion this weekend!”

    That said, I wouldn’t complain about a return to a silver pants and helmet. Keep the current shade of blue, it’s unique among all the teams who wear blue in the NFL, and keep the current logo.

    Oh, and make another screaming lime green alternate, please. People really complained about that one. I don’t get the hate, though, given the Bears and Dolphins have alternate jerseys that make them look like giant traffic cones.

  28. goldrush36 says: Mar 9, 2012 2:23 PM

    @raqaiw so did the NCAA and schools supposedly. Look how tha turned out. The only thing that they can’t just change without approval is the logo

  29. mrgroovesd says: Mar 9, 2012 2:23 PM

    Calm down people, NFL and the Teams have final say and to change the uniforms will have to go thru the same rules as before. You have to wait 5 years before changing uniforms design. Seahawks are the only team that has said they might be changing design when Nike comes on board. You think they’ll redesign the Packers, Niners, Bears, and few others that has had the same logos and design for decades? No! But it will be interesting what Nike has in store for the uniforms. I wonder if they’ll design a Pro Combat alternate uniform like they do for college and high schools.

  30. sammythebull44 says: Mar 9, 2012 2:26 PM

    there arent going to be any major changes to the uniforms..mostly to the material that is used..teams have to apply to the league to change logos or designs and the league has final say..this is a non story

  31. rob0527 says: Mar 9, 2012 2:27 PM

    Good bye Reebok, the uniforms were out dated and lost creativity. Don’t worry fans the N.F.L. will not let Nike put out any ugly uniforms. They r going to be cool, but not overboard. Remember Nike wants everyone to go out and buy new uniforms. Who will buy new uniforms if they think teams colors r ugly. Can’t wait to see Jets new uniforms

  32. godzilla111111 says: Mar 9, 2012 2:40 PM

    theroc5156 says:
    Mar 9, 2012 1:46 PM
    I cringe on what the Bengals are going to look like.


    How could it be any worse?

  33. deathspiralx says: Mar 9, 2012 2:42 PM

    In general, the uniforms do not and should not be messed with… I’m talking the classics like Raiders, Colts, Cowboys, Steelers, Rams, Chargers, Chiefs, Packers, Browns, Lions, Bears, Saints. Arguably a couple of others. Hands off, period.

    Then there are the hideous, newer uniforms that I say go to town on, Nike. Because, really, could they be any uglier? Seahawks, Bengals. The only thing worse could be the University of Maryland mushroom tripping gear.

    Others would argue about on how ugly the Bronco’s uniforms are. I mean, they make orange crush look good. Falcons are terrible except for the logo (just keep that) and start over. Let Nike at these. I’m not high on the panthers and jags, but they are not so bad.

    Then you’ve got the tweeners, that I would say, just leave them alone, for traditions sake. It’s nice to have different generations wearing the same NFL gear and it conveys the history that goes along with the leauge.


  34. steeltown66a says: Mar 9, 2012 2:43 PM

    Glad I don’t purchase jerseys, refuse to buy anything from NIKE.

  35. haileli says: Mar 9, 2012 2:43 PM

    As I thought. I’m starting to realize just how much dick this site sucks. Not even ESPN’s mods are this sensitive. Goodbye and Godspeed to those who have the misfortune of dealing with you.

  36. rockthered1286 says: Mar 9, 2012 2:54 PM

    Everyone over 28 will hate them because they are ‘traditionalists’ and MOSTLY every 28 and under will love it. I still wish Under Armour would have snagged the contract but they aren’t a big enough name. YET.

  37. theroc5156 says: Mar 9, 2012 2:55 PM

    How could it be any worse?


    It was worse. See the Bengals uniforms from 1968-1980. I love the current ones. Well, the all-black ones anyway.

  38. upyoursnfu says: Mar 9, 2012 3:00 PM

    The Browns jersey? Take a white t-shirt, poop on it, stick it in a blender….there you go. Browns jersey 2012

  39. kingofthenorse says: Mar 9, 2012 3:07 PM

    Use the new lighter/stronger materials….keep the classic uni’s like GB, Dallas, PIT, SF fundamentally the same. Completely redo hideous mid 2000’s changes like the Vikings/Cardinals/Seahawks. Contract the Bengals and Jaguars so I don’t have to fathom what those monstrosities will look like….

  40. jimair1 says: Mar 9, 2012 3:10 PM

    “have some fun” while “respecting the traditions” of the teams
    New jerseys for animal team names(i.e Bears, Lions, Cards Eagles) will have actual fur of feathers.
    Which scare me because my Packers will probably be a blood stained butcher’s coat with a Big G on the back..

  41. chiadam says: Mar 9, 2012 3:11 PM

    Superb. Something else for Nike to destroy.

  42. domezo says: Mar 9, 2012 3:15 PM

    i personally like the uniform pictured above. these new designs could be interesting!

  43. washstnative says: Mar 9, 2012 3:20 PM

    Why don’t they just forgo the unis and pads and do it au naturale. They would think twice about bounties with there junk flopping about… concussions would eventually go down as well.

  44. cardmagnet says: Mar 9, 2012 3:20 PM

    If it’s anything like their collegiate products, set your expectations for ugly.

  45. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 9, 2012 3:22 PM

    the Rams should really go back to Blue and Yellow.

  46. olskool711 says: Mar 9, 2012 3:23 PM

    The Brown’s unis are cool.

  47. staff2cj4td says: Mar 9, 2012 3:23 PM

    there arent going to be any major changes to the uniforms..mostly to the material that is used..teams have to apply to the league to change logos or designs and the league has final say………..this is a non story

  48. getadealdonealready says: Mar 9, 2012 3:23 PM

    Upyoursnfu – one addendum to your post. I would add eat some carrot’s right before your “Take a white t” comment.

  49. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 9, 2012 3:23 PM

    Denver should also go back to its 1980’s look

  50. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Mar 9, 2012 3:28 PM

    And in a related story, NFL officials jerseys are being redesigned as clown costumes.

  51. crumpledstiltskin says: Mar 9, 2012 3:29 PM

    upyoursnfu says:
    Mar 9, 2012 3:00 PM
    The Browns jersey? Take a white t-shirt, poop on it, stick it in a blender….there you go. Browns jersey 2012

    Or just take a brown shirt.

  52. mvp43 says: Mar 9, 2012 3:31 PM

    Bounty- the quicker picker upper. The $aints new uniform slogan…

  53. azheat says: Mar 9, 2012 3:38 PM


    If it’s not broke…dont fix it.

    I coach youth FB (9-10 yrs. old) and the philosophy is KEEP IT SIMPLE – STUPID. I hope Nike does the same with these NEW jerseys.

  54. goldrush36 says: Mar 9, 2012 3:42 PM

    Curious to see if they make a change to the Bayou Bounty Hunters……. I kid I kid

  55. jnbnet says: Mar 9, 2012 3:43 PM

    I cringe on what the Bengals are going to look like.

    Well…..they can’t look worse.

  56. tombrookshire says: Mar 9, 2012 3:52 PM

    Degree of change to the uni’s depends on the number of zeros that follow the dollar sign and first number on the line. Personally, I would like to see a little 21st century in the accents but not the team logos. And definitely no feathers.

  57. chillyball says: Mar 9, 2012 3:55 PM

    1. I hope the Bengals have the word “BENGALS” on the helmet and that’s all.

    2. The Seahawks uniforms can only improve. Worst color scheme in the league.

    3. Tampa Bay better bring the Gay Pirate back.

  58. bigbluefan1 says: Mar 9, 2012 4:02 PM

    Over priced
    No true sizing
    Poorly made crap

    Leave the damn uniforms alone
    I guess the good news is there will a few extra grains of rice for the children that Nike uses as slave labor to produce there products

  59. jtbndy says: Mar 9, 2012 4:09 PM

    They better bear no resemblance to any of the “leaked” jersey’s that I saw a few months back. Those things were hideous.

  60. grandpoopah says: Mar 9, 2012 4:10 PM

  61. tdk24 says: Mar 9, 2012 4:18 PM

    If you google Nike Pro Combat NFL, you will get a good laugh out of what they did. Talk about making them look like cookie cutter uni’s. Luckily, NFL franchises control their logo’s, not some apparel company.

  62. strokeytheclown says: Mar 9, 2012 4:21 PM

    I just hope that whatever happens, we don’t start seeing ads on the uniforms. It will be a dark day in America when we start seeing NFL players looking like pansy soccer players!

  63. NFL In L.A. says: Mar 9, 2012 4:23 PM

    It’s over folks!

  64. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 9, 2012 4:26 PM

    Most Niner fans just bought jerseys again this year. I live in Sac and all I smell is moth balls and new close when it comes to niner gear.

  65. NoHomeTeam says: Mar 9, 2012 4:27 PM

    thepatriotsaregay says: “the Rams should really go back to Blue and Yellow.”

    Also, they should really go back to Los Angeles

  66. freedomispopular says: Mar 9, 2012 4:30 PM

    I’m waiting for the day when players step onto the field wearing full body armor.

  67. richie500 says: Mar 9, 2012 4:36 PM

    “major changes” what you mean Nike gear won’t be made in a sweatshop by children!

  68. NoHomeTeam says: Mar 9, 2012 4:40 PM

    jimair1 says: “. . . New jerseys for animal team names(i.e Bears, Lions, Cards Eagles) will have actual fur of feathers. . . Which scare me because my Packers will probably be a blood stained butcher’s coat with a Big G on the back.”

    Joking of course (and successfully 🙂 , but it might be kind of cool to represent fur and feathers in print patterns.

    Not sure about the Bears, but it could certainly work for the “bird” teams. Jags could go with spots (what kind of a color is “teal” for a team, really? unless you’re the NHL Ducks), Bengals in full-on orange & black stripes (they’re halfway there now), Dolphins in . . .

    OK, I’m out.

  69. donjuan1906 says: Mar 9, 2012 4:46 PM

    I’m a Browns fan and looking at the leaked photo’s of team uniforms.

    There aren’t any changes to ours – which is cool, but it would have been nice to see a fresh alternate package, like an all out orange uniform (jersey, pants and helmet) or go back to the early days of Otto Graham when they had the white helmets, with the white uni’s and they were outlined in Brown

  70. unlimitedcriticism says: Mar 9, 2012 4:47 PM

    One word: Capes!

  71. ahs2 says: Mar 9, 2012 4:59 PM

    FWIW- My local sports memorabilia/jersey mom & pop shop told me that depending on the style of jersey (e.g. auth sewn. replica screen print) they’re expecting a 15 – 25% cost increase on their end alone. To help us both out, I pillaged his wall as he was selling all Reebok gear at 55% off 😉

  72. detroitcityryda says: Mar 9, 2012 8:19 PM

    Ugly crap like a over did custom car,this will take away the tradition of the jerseys of teams with history .it will be good for Jacksonville maybe or texans

  73. tropboi11 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:18 PM

    I dont think there will be a big change in the uniforms besides for the alternates (they sell the Bucs black alternate Jerseys but they never wear them) but im most excited for their upgrade to their shirts, hats, jackets, ect…

  74. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 9, 2012 9:58 PM

    Screw Nike….

    Stupid swoosh…

  75. hailskins75 says: Mar 10, 2012 6:21 AM

    I have some older Redskins jerseys made by Adidas, and Starter. they don’t really look much different from the Reeboks. The Reeboks have the NFL shield on the front, and the others don’t. I don’t see much change with Nike. They will probably incorporate Dri-fit (under armour like material) on the sides of the authentics. I bet that’s about the only real change you will see.

  76. bipolarmassive says: Mar 10, 2012 10:27 PM

    I just hope Nike doesn’t do the color on color uniforms (One solid color uniforms)! Those damn things are so tacky and classless! I’m a fan of The Broncos, and they wore them at least 6-7 times for home games, and they looked like the Cirque du Soleil! I hope never to see them again! For all teams for that matter!

  77. swannypit77 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:28 AM

    I’m always amused by the people who comment on Reebok’s apparel, like it’s so awful. Give me a break! Nike is so wonderful??? What a joke! Stupid brand loyalty. I’m so sick of the swish being in our faces. Actually, I’m tired of corporatism. Don’t need a vector or swish or any other logo on the uniforms period!!!!!!!

  78. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Apr 1, 2012 10:51 PM

    Please destroy the dallas cowturds unis, Nike and make them look like the queers they are.

    The San Francisco 49ers

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