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OK, those disco shirt collar designs on NFL jerseys are really starting to bug me

Oct 16, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

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While watching parts of the Chargers-Broncos game on Monday night (the NLCS was on another channel, so didn’t see much of it), my overriding thought was, could both teams lose? Defeat is the only option for any team that sports this hideous design on their jerseys — the dreaded Nike contrasting-colored Flywire collar.

I’ve never been distracted by anything Nike does style-wise: even Oregon’s peyote-trip uniform array is more intriguing than garish, at least to me. But for some reason this NFL neck design being phased in by Nike this season, with more to come, makes me furious. Nike says it looks like the old-school neckrolls that some NFL players wore. To me it’s like someone put Epstein from Welcome Back Kotter in charge of uniforms. It looks like a collar on a disco shirt. Now players from a dozen teams look like Willis from Different Strokes.

In addition to the Broncos and Chargers, here are some of the teams that rock the disco collar look: Redskins, Bills, Vikings, Saints (combined record: 17-18). Any others?

  1. dowhatifeellike - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    I have not noticed this issue of which you speak, but I also didn’t watch last night’s game.

  2. shaggytoodle - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I totally agree, I refered tot hem as polo color style.

    A lot of teams have that thing going on, one of the teams I believe told Nike to leave thier uniforms alone was the Packers, I know Rodgers has the “regular” styled collar. I could be wrong when it comes to others.

  3. zoellner25 - Oct 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    At first glance watching the game last night, I thought Philip Rivers was wearing a Brian Bosworth-esque neck roll from the 80s.

  4. yyyass - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    And I thought it was just me. The Ravens have them too. They have to go. And while we’re at it about uniforms; the pink cancer awareness stuff is WAY TF out of hand. To see the uniforms and fields mangled for an entire month out of every season is getting ridiculous. Each team should wear some semblance of organized pink stuff for one game in October so that it appears in every game to some degree for that month, but this can’t go on forever. Charity aside, it looks ridiculous and unprofessional. It’s a slippery slope as to where you draw the line on this awareness stuff, but they’ve definitely crossed it in this case.

    • rcali - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Totally agree with the pink stuff. More than anything it’s the NFL patting itself on the back. One game and let’s move on from pink spikes on our football players. If you want to keep some things on the field or around the stadium, I’m okay with that for October.