NFL Draft 2011: Which NFL Uniforms Do Rookies Like Most?
Once again it is time to look at this year's draft class and decide which NFL uniform they would be the most proud to wear. This has nothing to do with how many games a franchise has won or how many Super Bowl rings they have.
Fashion doesn't win Super Bowls; the players wearing the uniforms do.
However, if uniforms did win Super Bowls, these are the ones I would submit as the winners.
With the draft class about to don one of the 32 different team's uniforms, it seemed fitting to give them a heads up on the best ones currently out there.
New England Patriots
First of all, how can you go wrong with blue, red, white and silver? Second of all, check out the symmetry on this uniform. The helmet logo matches up with the shoulder logo perfectly.
Who is not going to look good in this uniform? The Patriots got this look right. It's especially important to look your best when putting your moves on in the end zone.
Though I really have no idea what moves tight end Aaron Hernandez is trying to make.
It looks a bit like a flamingo's mating call dance, but hey, everyone has his own ideas of creating an end zone move that will keep people talking for days.
I think he may have found his.
I just wouldn't be waiting for a call from "Dancing with the Stars" anytime soon.
The real question here is the same one we should all be asking throughout this article—who will be wearing this uniform after the draft?
San Diego Chargers
Once again, you can't argue with this uniform. A lightening bolt across the helmet, shoulder pads and down the side of the pants has got it all going on. It's fierce and well thought out.
This uniform will make any player look a bit ominous, which, unless you are Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions, you may need help with as the new guy who has a bulls-eye on his back.
Ryan Matthews added a tinted shield to his helmet his first year. That was a nice touch.
So, again, who will be donning this uniform after draft day?
You won't find many of the away games jerseys on this list even though I know they make up 50 percent of the game day uniforms. Most of them are just wimpy excuses for the home game jerseys.
I don't really get that because I would think that a team would want to present with even more ferocity when they are in front of another team's home crowd. But that's just me and no one has asked me to help design anything.
However, I believe that the Minnesota Vikings are on the right track. Both of their home and away game jerseys have style.
I don't know if those gloves come standard with the uniform, but safety Husain Abdullah looks like he could shoot webs out of those things. That might come in handy if they keep Joe Webb as a QB on the team and their O-line doesn't do a better job of protecting him. But that's another story.
Check out the Viking horns on their helmets. Those work much better than the Ram horns on the St. Louis uniforms, in my opinion. Although the upgrade to the Ram's horns are much better than they used to be.
I also much prefer the horns to the blond Viking guy's head that shows up on other parts of their jerseys. It was good of them to down-play that particular part of the logo.
I know there are fierce players, like Casey Matthews of the Green Bay Packers, who can get away with long blond hair and still look mean, but not many can pull that off in the NFL.
Good crisp color scheme on both sides of the home and away game uniforms makes this a jersey any player would be proud to wear, even if they don't care for the color purple.
Remember the Purple People Eaters?
They struck fear in the hearts of many offensive lines.
Okay, the Philadelphia Eagles get one word to describe what I like about their uniforms: shiny. They look like they are dressed up and ready to go out on the town in these jerseys.
The eagle wings on the helmet and the eagle head on the shoulders are an awesome display of power and tenacity. Plus, look: Michael Vick even gets an eagle head on his QB-special hand warmer.
I'm not making fun of the hand warmers as I understand that the QBs need to protect their most valuable assets and keep them from locking up in the cold. I'm just saying it's cool to have an eagle on the front and center to make up for the fact that other people may make fun of the hand warmers. That's all.
This gets my vote as he classiest uniform in the NFL.
The Texans uniform not only gets it right with the color scheme, but it also just makes sense. Texas and cattle go together. The logo and red, white and blue colors fit with the state they are playing in unlike many teams.
I give the Houston Texans the bid here for making sense.
I know I will hear from Dallas Cowboy fans on this one but think about it. The Cowboys have a star on their helmet. I know that Texas is considered the "Lone Star" State which may be why the star is on their helmet. If this is the case, why not call them the "Lone Star" Cowboys or the Dallas "Lone Stars?"
Is it supposed to be a boot spur? That would make more sense.
I digress. There are many teams that have chosen names or logos that have nothing to do with the city or state, or even country they are playing in but at least their names and logos fit together.
I'm still digressing, aren't I?
Okay, let's move on.
What I like about the Falcons uniforms is that the players seem really happy to be wearing them.
Seriously, the falcon is just a really cool bird of prey, like the eagle. The red, black and white colors of their uniforms explode out like the talons on a falcon. It's even hard to see the football next to the red of their jerseys which is a sneaky, but nice, touch.
I know other teams have gone for an orange or brown color to perhaps have the same effect around camouflaging the ball, but I just can't vote for those colors as primary on a uniform, even if they do hide the dirt well.
The Falcons uniforms and logo are sharp and get the nod.
The Denver Broncos are not unlike the Houston Texans when you are looking for a team whose name and logo make sense for the place they represent. Denver and horses just go together like Detroit and pistons (motor city = pistons). Yeah, I know, I just threw another sport in here.
This team's uniform will also make anyone look good as long as they don't put a light blue mouth-guard over their teeth.
Okay who put Tebow up to that? C'mon fellas, you know you were making fun of the new guy. Let's just hope he figured it out by the end of the season.
What is up with gross colored mouth-guards anyway?
The Packers put green or yellow ones in their mouths and it just looks wrong. I know that it matches their uniform colors but it still looks nasty, and I don't mean in the intimidating kind of way.
I am full of digressions today.
My humblest of apologies.
Bottom line is that I give a two thumbs up for the Denver Bronco's uniforms.
I'll just let you tell Ndamukong Suh that the Lions' new and improved logo is not worthy of being on this list.
Go ahead, tell him.
I don't think he'll appreciate that very much and you could be laid out flat in under two seconds if you tried.
The Detroit Lions with their "Honolulu Blue," black and silver along with the updated Lion logo showing why he is considered the "King of the Jungle", should be a uniform draftees are looking hard and long(ingly) at. If they aren't, Suh may have something to say about it.
I wouldn't take that chance if I were a rookie.