Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the New Nike Uniforms
After much anticipation and excitement on the release of the "new Nike NFL uniforms," it seems the feelings were premature for the most part.
Aside from the Seattle Seahawks, most of the uniforms look much the same as they did when Reebok was running things. The biggest difference is the addition of the fabled "swoosh."
As far as the Eagles are concerned, the helmet looks the same, the jersey looks the same and the pants also look the same. The socks have a slightly different look with a touch more white and the green cleats will take some getting used to for some players.
Ultimately, the uniforms are just updated with Nike technology as opposed to Nike fashion. The uniforms will be lighter, they'll breathe better, control sweat, repel water and perhaps most importantly, they will add a little extra padding in danger and impact areas.
The Nike Elite 51 uniforms, as they are called, also come with pretty cool looking new gloves. The logos are set up in a pattern on each glove which reveals the full logo when the player's hands overlap each other to make a catch.
In all, the uniforms look exactly the same to the naked eye. The grade anyone would give the Eagles' new Nike uniforms would depend solely on how you feel about the ones they've worn since 1996.
As a child of the 1980s who still cherishes the Buddy Ryan days, I give the uniforms a solid B-minus.
The positive about the uniforms is that the Eagles have a totally unique color and a fashionable logo. The negative is, they aren't the Eagles' kelly green.
They are nice uniforms, but they are masquerading in a made-up color instead of the one that rightfully belongs on the backs of the Philadelphia Eagles.
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