During a press conference in New York today, Nike finally revealed the “game changing” NFL uniforms they have been teasing for months and as it turns out, not much has changed. That is not the fault of Nike, however; as much as they would want to shake up the NFL uniform paradigm, there was no way, according to ESPN’s Paul Lukas, a league with an ownership base as conservative as the NFL was going to allow the dramatic switch that we saw last year with college football.
All throughout the day, we will be revealing all 32 Elite 51 uniforms with a gigantic image gallery. Check it out here and enjoy…
- AFC North (Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinatti, Pittsburgh)
- NFC North (Chicago, Green Bay, Detroit, Minnesota)
- AFC South (Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennesee)
- NFC South (Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay)
- AFC East (Buffalo, Miami, New England, New York Jets)
- NFC East (Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington)
- AFC West (Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego)
- NFC West (Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis)
That’s not to say there was no noteworthy changes, as the new uniforms definitely have a slicker look than before. The Flywire tech and Pro Combat technology makes their way to the new uniforms, along with new stretch twill fabric for the jersey numbers. And because there is more to NFL player uniforms than just jerseys, Nike athletes will all be wearing the new Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Gloves, Nike Hyperwarm Mock Base Undergarments and the Nike Vapor Talon Elite.
The big news is that teams like Green Bay, Oakland and Atlanta will not be undergoing any changes at all to their uniform, meaning no flywire, no Pro Combat, no Elite. Teams like Pittsburgh and New England also declined to change bits and pieces of their uniform in an effort to retain their design aesthetic. Seattle was the only team that overhauled their uniforms in any significant way, but the color scheme was retained so any impact was negligible.
Here is press release by Nike…
The Nike Elite 51 Uniform is truly the next generation in superior lightweight performance delivering a fully integrated system of dress for athletes at the highest level. This uniquely engineered chassis and baselayer combination provides everything an athlete needs and nothing he doesn’t need. Rooted in body-led design, the uniform system is built for a body-contoured fit resulting in zero distractions in order to help amplify speed.
As a player, Nike’s co-founder Bill Bowerman wore the number 51, and after serving in the 10th Mountain Division in WWII he understood the importance of a uniform in battle. Lightweight mattered, as did movement and strength. As a coach, Bowerman knew that extra ounces added up and less weight meant increased mobility and speed.
What Bowerman started, Nike continues to perfect, crafting a fully integrated system of dress where the athlete’s baselayer works in concert with his entire uniform – true innovation from the inside out. Lightweight padding is integrated directly into the crucial “hit zones” in the baselayer. New innovations include integrating Flywire technology into the neckline to reduce weight and provide lockdown fit over pads, increasing sleeve articulation for better range of motion, and integrating new four-way stretch fabrication to provide a streamlined shrink-wrap fit. A design that enables speed without compromise.
ELITE 51 Uniform Explore the next generation in superior lightweight performance. See the full innovation of the Nike Elite 51 Uniform.
Launch the interactive tech sheet.
In addition to the new fabrication and performance-led design, teams chose varying levels of design changes reflecting their unique heritage. The Seattle Seahawks worked with Nike to re-design the entire design of their uniform to honor the team’s Northwest roots, and also give a nod to the fans. The Chicago Bears chose to continue to honor George S. Hallas, – the revolutionary player, coach and respected innovator – by enlarging his GSH initials on the jersey sleeve.
THE NIKE ELITE 51 – A Completely Integrated System of Dress
Key features include:
- LIGHTER –The Nike jersey and pant, wet or dry are lighter than previous versions
- FLYWIRE TECHNOLOGY- Eliminates layers, reduces weight, and provides lockdown fit
- ZONED MESH VENTILATION – Provides cooling zones for optimal thermoregulation
- ZONED STRENGTH – High tenacity, stretch material, for light weight lockdown strength.
- CUT FOR MOBILITY – Four-way stretch, hydrophobic materials enable range of motion wet or dry.
- STRETCH TWILL NUMBERS – Four-way stretch even on numbering system
- CUSTOMIZABLE BASELAYER PADDING – Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong baselayer with integrated lightweight, Deflex padding offering customizable flexible protection.
- DEFLEX PADDING – Lightweight, flexible impact protection integrated into top “hit zone” areas
- ALUMINUM D-RING BELT – Aircraft-grade aluminum D-ring belt reduces weight.
The uniform also features the Nike Vapor Game Sock – a highly innovative sock designed specifically for football. The knee-high design combines compression, Nike Pro inspired cushioning, mesh venting and structure precisely where needed.
The Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Gloves deliver a lightweight, breathable and articulated fit combined with innovative Magnigrip on the palms and between the fingers for a tacky grip suitable for all weather conditions. The team logo is featured prominently on the palm when athletes interlock both hands.
The Nike Vapor Talon Elitecleat is designed to maximize speed with premium performance attributes including adaptive traction, Hyperfuse construction and carbon fiber strength. Utilizing the best of Nike’s proven technologies, it provides lightweight traction and durability and a lockdown fit. Built for diverse ground conditions, the adaptive traction system utilizes on-demand forefoot talon cleats for multi-directional field movement.
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