From Boring to Flashy: Rating the 32 NFL Jerseys

Dominic KopekCorrespondent IIMay 23, 2011

From Boring to Flashy: Rating the 32 NFL Jerseys

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    With the lockout at hand and no new news to talk about, let's take a look at the 32 NFL jerseys and rank them from ugly to cool. 

    I will use pretty much all dark jerseys, because those are the ones with the most charisma. 

    The rating system will consist of points for being original, points for using cool colors and points for having cool designs.

32. Cleveland Browns

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    So starting off this list is the lowly Cleveland Browns.  Not only have they had only two winning seasons since rejoining the NFL in 1999, they haven't had much style doing it. 

    I know I said I would give points for being original, but I'm just not feeling the brown, orange and white. 

    Peyton Hillis, I know you are the new cover boy, but I'm sorry, your jersey is ugly.

31. Buffalo Bills

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    OK, Buffalo your jerseys need some help.  First of all, as you can see, the Bills use four different colors on their uniforms.  That is just a little too complex for such a simple jersey. 

    I don't know where they are going with the shoulder pad outline.  Maybe to help defenders see them better? 

    Just like Cleveland, Buffalo is struggling on the field and will continue to until they update their jerseys.

30. New York Giants

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    All right New York Giants, you are lucky you made it this far.  These jerseys are about as plain as they get.  No stripes, no outline of the numbers, no piping and no patches. 

    I don't know if they just wanted to make the cheapest jersey possible, but I think they have succeeded.

29. Washington Redskins

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    Sorry Washington, but your color scheme is not working for me. 

    The only time it would be good to wear a Redskins jersey is at a barbeque where you will be using mustard or barbeque sauce, because those colors would blend in perfectly. 

    I can see now why Albert Haynesworth didn't want to wear that jersey anymore.

28. Oakland Raiders

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    Ah, the old black and silver.  These jerseys are pretty cool but only because they are classics. 

    Darren McFadden made this jersey look good this year, and I couldn't really see the Raiders changing these jerseys, but sorry Oakland, you are not going any higher on my list.

27. Minnesota Vikings

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    Minnesota Vikings jerseys are pretty cool... if you were buying one for your girlfriend. 

    I know purple and gold is supposed to represent royalty, and Brett Favre is old enough to be a king, but all in all these jerseys are pretty weak. 

    Don't tell Adrian Peterson I said that, though.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    I have to admit, I like these jerseys better than the old Jacksonville ones, but there is just not much to say about them. 

    Their colors of turquoise and black are kind of cool, but not cool enough to get them inside the top 20.

25. St. Louis Rams

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    I am glad that the Rams switched from blue and yellow to dark blue and gold.  That was a very smart decision, however, these jerseys are just OK—I wouldn't say they are top-20 worthy, either.

24. New York Jets

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    Mark Sanchez doesn't look too happy with his attire, and I wouldn't be either.  All these jerseys are good for is hiding grass stains. 

    I do like how they have the off-color shoulder with the opposite color number.  That gets a bonus style point for me.  Other than that, I don't see much flair in these jerseys.

23. Indianapolis Colts

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    Peyton has made this jersey look pretty good for awhile.  The truth is, it is not very good looking, though. 

    With a couple measly stripes and no flair, these jerseys aren't even close to the best in the league. 

22. Dallas Cowboys

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    Sorry boys, but these jerseys aren't doing anything for me.  I kind of liked the old school look with the stars on the shoulders. 

    If you bring those back you might be able to crack the top 20.

21. Kansas City Cheifs

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    With a sea of red coming towards you, that could be kind of scary.  These jerseys are great for hiding blood stains, or ketchup-and-mustard stains as well.  The Chiefs should work some more black into their jerseys. Then they would be getting a little bit more respect.

20. Tampa Bay Buccanears

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    These jerseys are not too bad—if you are comparing them to the creamsicle jerseys, then we have a different story. 

    The Bucs could use some of that metallic steel color in their jersey, and maybe they would start getting some more respect.

19. Chicago Bears

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    These jerseys aren't too bad.  They have some classic tendencies in them, and blue and orange go together pretty well. 

    The only thing I would change is the long, skinny numbers.  Make those a little more block style and then these jerseys would be much cooler.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    It's hard to argue against the black-and-yellow uniforms that the Steelers bring out. 

    The only thing I would change would be to throw a blue stripe in there, maybe around the numbers or on the shoulder-pad stripe. 

    If they added that, these jerseys would be fly.

17. Detroit Lions

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    The Lions did a lot of things right when they updated their jerseys a few years ago.  They probably have the coolest number design in the entire league. 

    All in all, these are pretty good jerseys. They just don't match up well with the ones inside the top 15.

16. New Orleans Saints

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    Ranking just outside the top 15, the Saints show us how to use the color gold.  These jerseys are pretty solid, and with the colors that they have, they can't do much more with them. 

    Overall, they just lack the creativeness to have a top 10 jersey.

15. San Francisco 49ers

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    I like the recent changes that the 49ers have made to their jerseys.  Getting rid of the shadows of the numbers was a positive change for them. 

    These jerseys are pretty simple, though. If they added some gold piping around the numbers, they might be moved up a few spots.

14. Green Bay Packers

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    The Packers get some bonus points for originality.  They have had these same jerseys since the Acme era, and they still look good in them.

    These jerseys are a million times better than those, so they made one change and stuck with it. Fresh off a Super Bowl win, I don't think these jerseys will be changing any time soon.

13. Seattle Seahawks

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    These Seattle jerseys are pretty solid.  I love the lime green that they use to accent the other colors.  I like the logo on the shoulders as well. 

    The only thing I would add would be a lime-green outline of the numbers.  They should at least give it a shot and see how it looks.

12. Tennessee Titans

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    Tennessee's jerseys are pretty fly.  The baby and dark blue work pretty well together.  I also like the logo on the shoulders. 

    The only thing I would add would be more red to the attire.  Put some piping on the sides of the jerseys and call it good.

11. Baltimore Ravens

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    Ray Rice and the Ravens make purple look good.  These jerseys have it all.  Cool looking numbers, shoulder logo, double piping on the numbers. 

    I wouldn't really change anything, but they still lie right outside the top 10.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Eagles did it right when they changed from their old green to this new turquoise green.  They are looking good with cool numbers and shoulder logos. 

    The small shadow on the numbers adds a nice touch as well. 

9. New England Patriots

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    You can't really say anything bad about the Patriots jerseys. 

    They are a vast upgrade from their previous jerseys and they have everything needed to be a good jersey.

8. Houston Texans

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    These uniforms are great.  Every time I see the Texans in their blood-red color, it's hard not to watch (just like all the players watching Johnson make an amazing catch). 

    Johnson makes it look easy and does it with style.

7. Arizona Cardinals

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    The Cardinals have done a couple things right in the past few years.  One was draft Larry Fitzgerald, the other was to update their jerseys. 

    They don't have the shoulder logo, like some other teams, but they put one on the back above the name.  That's a nice touch that no other team has, so they get extra points for originality.

6. San Diego Chargers

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    These jerseys are great.  How can you hate on the baby blue and yellow.  They have the shoulder logo along with the multi-colored number piping. 

    There is no denying that these are great jerseys, however, they are just outside the top five.

5. Denver Broncos

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    Tim Tebow had the best-selling jersey for awhile last year.  Was this because of Tim Tebow himself or the fact that Denver has really cool jerseys?  Probably a combination of both. 

    I love the blue and orange, and these jerseys are great upgrades on the old ones.  I also love the solid-orange alternate jerseys that they throw out there.

4. Miami Dolphins

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    The Miami Dolphins may be struggling the past couple years, but it's not because of their jerseys.  These jerseys are great.  They have the shoulder logo, the number piping and great color scheme. 

    The best part about them is that they have been relatively the same forever and still look great.  Kudos, Dolphins.

3. Cincinnati Bengals

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    The Bengals might have been called the Bungles before, but they have always looked good in orange and black.  The stripes on the shoulders are great to go along with the 3-D numbers. 

    The solid orange, along with the solid black, are both great home jerseys. 

    There is no denying that they have a top-three jersey.

2. Atlanta Falcons

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    The Atlanta Falcons might have the coolest logo in the entire league, and they work it well with their jerseys. 

    The red, black and white go awesome together, and with the tri-colored shoulder and the mini logo, you cant go wrong.  All in all, these jerseys are pretty awesome.

    Now for the No. 1 jersey in the league....

1. Carolina Panthers

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    These jerseys are just down right cool.  You can't go wrong with the baby blue, black and silver. They have the triple stripe on the shoulder with the mini logo. 

    These solid blacks along with the baby-blue alternates are downright the best jerseys in the league and they have been the same ever since the Panthers joined the league. 

    Good work Carolina. You can keep having losing seasons as long as you look good doing it.