NFL Nike Elite 51 Uniforms Revealed for 2014 Pro Bowl

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 8, 2013

On Tuesday, the NFL revealed the new, Nike Elite 51 uniforms that will be used in the 2014 Pro Bowl through its official communications website

The news release discussed the innovative nature of the uniforms' design, noting also that it would be the "lights and most breathable" jersey ever:

Designed for optimal ventilation, the Nike NFL Nike Elite 51 Pro Bowl Uniform features a combination of lightweight, breathable fabrics. Designed and engineered from the inside out, this uniform system is built for the speed and energy of the all-pro event.

Below are photos for both teams' new looks, courtesy of the NFL:

In tweeting out dueling images of the jerseys, CBSSports.com's Will Brinson was reminded of the college jerseys worn by Oregon and Oklahoma State:

Unlike previous years, as the NFL's statement points out, the annual Pro Bowl will adopt a new format in choosing teams.

Rather than AFC versus the NFC, it will be a vote comprised of fans, players and coaches to decide the two teams. Regardless of conference or team, the best players will ideally play.

The 2014 Pro Bowl will be held on Jan. 26 in Honolulu, Hawaii's Aloha Stadium, and the league is doing all it can to heighten the hype surrounding the game, which is often viewed as a letdown.

TV ratings for the game fell by 8.1 percent to a 7.9 rating in 2012, then dropped off slightly from that number with a 7.1 rating last year. But as the Boston Globe's Chad Finn noted, that number still beat all the All-Star games in the USA's three other major sports.

Still, the new uniforms help in the bid to make the Pro Bowl more relevant and closer to the superior popularity many regular-season games enjoy.

Changing the jerseys and their style gives the aesthetic aspect of the Pro Bowl a revamped branding. However, the selection process adjustment is likelier to heighten interest in the game than anything else.


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