Ranking The NFL Team Jerseys; Which Is Better, Classic Or Concept?
I had a few requests to rank the jerseys for NFL teams after I composed a slideshow of the logos, so here it is. Current jerseys are used; alternates are included, but not throwbacks.
I wanted to keep it simple while still allowing a little bit of freedom to choose the best jersey the team has to offer at the same time. However, I may throw a few honorable mentions in there from time to time as well.
32. Cleveland Browns
We all know there isn't much the Browns are good at, but they do have fans that would buy their jerseys...if they didn't look so putrid.
Nothing is brown anymore—not since 1980s station wagons went out of style.
The simplicity of the garb accentuates the simplicity of the team.
31. Indianapolis Colts
Peyton Manning can save his team on the field, but they get no such saving grace from their jerseys.
The stripes to nowhere have always looked outdated, just like the uniform itself. Very plain, without enough interesting colors or trends to consider it "classic." Just plain.
30. New York Giants
Hey look, it's the Colts' jerseys, in red. They moved the stripes down a bit to mold around the shoulders, but they still stop in the middle of nowhere.
The jerseys are plain again, with generic lettering and styling.
The blue alternate jerseys are worthy of being ranked lower than this, as the whole team looks like a bundle of blueberries on the field when they wear them.
29. New Orleans Saints
I actually like the black Saints jerseys more, but it seems they have abandoned them this year, and luckily for the fans, they abandoned those gold ones last season.
At least they attempt to add some color around the numbers and name, and the pants are decent, although they remind me of David Bowie's pants in Stardust. Thinking of that made me want to put them below the Browns just now.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Plain is an understatement in the Cowboys' uniforms. They're lower than normal because I personally liked the older jerseys with the big star on the shoulder that Dallas brings back from time to time.
Regular styling, sleeve stripes and a neutral blue ruin these jerseys.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
They look like giant fire trucks charging down the road, but the red has always been a great color.
The only drawback in the simplistic design is that they look like the Kansas City Ronald McDonalds.
26. New York Jets
Not even Sexy Rexy can save Gang Green in this battle. Being a person who likes the color green quite a bit, I just have to point out that these unis are pretty plain as well.
The contrasting colors on the sleeves and one shoulder stripe are a good reprieve from the normal stripes, but they can't pull these jerseys out of the bottom 10.
25. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles uniforms excite you from the head to the neck, sporting a great helmet (though I like the older ones better.) The jerseys throw some changes in, but again we just see plain colors and an out-of-place-looking logo on the sleeves.
24. Oakland Raiders
The Raiders won my contest for best logo, and they proudly sport it on their helmets. Their jerseys only made it this far because of the unique silver and black color scheme utilized.
This is a team that will probably never change their jerseys, and I don't see how they even would if they could—but would a silver side stripe kill anyone?
23. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikes have a great helmet and awesome color scheme. This jersey just looks too much like a women's roller derby team to me.
It is a valiant effort to space themselves from the regular-looking jerseys that Minnesota sported in the past, and they've worn them a lot this season so far as well.
I can't help but think this jersey might be better if they switched colors with the Jets; the purple is just too much.
22. Houston Texans
The red, white and blue colors are overused quite a bit in team color schemes, and the Texans are the worst of the bunch.
A very small shoulder stripe looks out of place, and I can't help but think they would be better matched with a gray base with red and blue accents.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
I like the teal coloring and the number styling but can't understand the terrible piping on the jersey's front, sides and back (piping because it isn't large enough to be a stripe).
The class is getting better, but still far away from good. This jersey is another example of roller derby unis.
20. New England Patriots
The Patriots have that red/white/blue scheme but alter the colors a bit from their old unis, adopting a stronger red and more of a navy blue.
The silver adds some good accents, but the jersey itself is kind of plain.
I will point out that the logo on the sleeve doesn't look as out of place as the one on the Philly jersey.
19. Green Bay Packers
They make it this far on classic draw, because these uniforms have never been really innovative, nor is it an appealing color scheme, but if you have ever been to Wisconsin they make sense: yellow cheese and green grass.
18. Buffalo Bills
The lone red/white/blue scheme keeps it clean while using a good color set with vibrant attributes. They tie in great to the classic logo.
That is the ugliest buffalo I have ever seen though. It looks more like something from Where the Wild Things Are.
17. San Francisco 49ers
The red is simple, but the color is different and just flows nicely with the gold. Another classic that hasn't been altered too much, but the jersey I like the best from them are their black alternate ones they rarely ever wear, so infrequently so that I couldn't acquire a picture of them.
I will say they would have been higher if they had kept last season's styling, however.
I am not sure if I would like it or not, but maybe change the number style to the old-time-looking original "49" look, just to see if it works—it did for the Ohio State Nike Pro Combat uniforms.
16. Washington Redskins
I am a fan of the maroon, but the mustard yellow coloring is borderline nauseating. The uniforms have a classic feel although they have been altered a bit from the older rags, but the sleeves don't have too much on them, and they continue to look good on the field.
15. Arizona Cardinals
Nice color combination for one that is used often. Again, I prefer the black uniforms they wear.
The layering that is a bit difficult to see around the shoulders and arm sleeves really sets the uniform apart from others, and the pants have an interesting asymmetrical design as well.
14. St. Louis Rams
The Rams switched their colors from French's mustard yellow to gold after their Super Bowl victory in 2000 and also changed their flat blue for a deeper navy. The colors mesh well along with the helmet to create a visually appealing jersey.
The logos on the sleeve are down low enough and bordered by contrasting colors that help them pop.
13. Seattle Seahawks
The blue-ish, gray-ish pewter color the Seahawks use is a great original color, and I have always been a fan of the neon-colored accent on their logo that shines through in the piping and striping of the jerseys.
A side note: I love the Day-Glo green jerseys that are all neon green. People bash them, but they're just going along with the crowd. Those unis are awesome.
12. Chicago Bears
Bright orange and navy is an interesting scheme, but this jersey is a classic, and the "GSH" on the arm to pay homage to George Halas is a great touch.
The Bears didn't forget their roots when designing these jerseys, and while they may switch up the color a bit (see the all-orange alternates), this is one jersey I don't think will ever really change.
11. Miami Dolphins
They're teal and orange, and from Florida. What's not to like? Then, when you get tired of the teal, they break out the orange alternates. Boom goes the dynamite.
10. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons have a sharp, modern design to go with their logos. The shoulder design reaches down the side, and the striping down the pants has an original look that bleeds to the socks. Bring back the red helmets.
9. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers exploit one of the greatest color combos you can get in football: black and blue. Throw the silver in there, and these jerseys look great streaking down the field.
The black alternates have a nice look to them as well, and the large crescent shoulder colors with the "tooth" pant design really set these outfits off.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I really like the bronze coloring the Bucs put to use, and they have an interesting red to go along with it. The old-school orange pays homage to their forgettable past, but at least that's the only thing they strive to recreate from their "Yucks" days.
7. Tennessee Titans
The off-setting blues work well with Nashville's finest, the number styling is unique and alternate logos on the sleeve are better than their normal ones.
The baby blue flushes well no matter what way it is styled, making these jerseys look just as good as the whites and the navy concepts.
6. Baltimore Ravens
Unique number styling, great throwback Baltimore shield on the sleeves and a vibrant purple make the Ravens' jerseys top-notch. The black ones also work well, as do the whites with nice colored accents.
Ray Lewis has made purple a feared man's color.
5. Detroit Lions
The Lions underwent a makeover with their logo and jerseys recently, and I dig the more aggressive look. They went from a neutral styling to one that still looks classic, but updated.
A lot of the plain teams can take a hint from the Lions, as they don't really add much, but a simple style change on the numbers and bolder stripes on the sleeves go a long way.
4. San Diego Chargers
I don't really like the small bolts on the shoulders that end nowhere, but it isn't enough to stop this jersey. The colors meld great with the yellow, and the base colors they manipulate all look great.
The number font is original, and if the Bolts just changed the logo size and placement a bit, they would be awesome unis.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
They're Bengals, and that's what they look like. The black jerseys look cool with the orange accents and striping, but the orange jerseys are where it's at in the Nati.
Thankfully, the Bengals didn't stripe the whole jersey, but you know someone in Cincinnati had that idea at one point in time.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steel City has great uniforms that are classic, but that's okay because back when the Steel Curtain ruled the gridiron, they were way before their time. Great number styling, bold and aggressive colors, and an overall sharp feel make these jerseys all-time awesome.
1. Denver Broncos
The Broncos originated the Orange Crush jerseys, and they still use them. The first is almost always the best, and that holds true to Denver in a time where orange alternates are being used by many teams.
The navy is an update from the old blue as many teams are doing, but the Broncos also originated the "tooth" design down the legs of the pants. The jerseys flow well, add innovative styling and mile-high salute their predecessors.