What Does a College Football Jersey Mean These Days Anyway?

Ed MedinaCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2009

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Daryll Clark #17 and Patrick Mauti #84 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrate a touchdown against the USC Trojans during the 95th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi on January 1, 2009 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

It's not how you look; it's how you play.

Well, for some schools it is how you look apparently...

It's getting a little old with some schools pumping out brand new uniforms every few years (Oregon comes to mind). I mean, nothing was wrong with them (well most of them) in the first place, so why the change?

Simple, really. Some schools are controlled by companies that make these changes, and make them often. I mean, of course they're going to switch it up so that the die-hard fan will have to keep buying a new jersey every couple of years to keep up with the team thus making these companies more money.

Look at it this way: I am an Alabama fan, I own one jersey (a No. 8 Crimson Jersey) and that is all I will own since 'Bama never switches up their jersey. Now, I consider myself quite a die-hard fan, so if 'Bama switched it up (god forbid) I would go out and purchase that one as well thus giving my money to the Nike/Adidas/Whoever else machine.

With all the change, what significance does the jersey have these days? Is it to represent a certain class of kids coming in? Is it to look cool and impress teens? Is it to out-fashion the opposition?

Well, it could be any number of those, but I look at teams like Penn State, USC, Alabama, Tennessee, and others who don't change their jerseys and realize the significance in that. 

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You see, the jersey should represent tradition, your program, and nothing else. A College Football jersey isn't something you deck out with Silver embroidery and space age material, it's something you put on before you go out and make some big plays, or big hits.

Something that is interesting to note is that all of the teams that don't change their jersey every year are the ones who have had sustained success over time, the powerhouses of football. The teams that do? Well, those schools are rarely full of tradition like the powerhouses.

It's not how you look; it's how you play.


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