After getting the league’s uniform contract before last season, many have wondered if and when Nike would bring significant aesthetic change to NFL uniforms league-wide. Well, it’s not happening yet, but today we take another step in that direction with Nike’s new Pro Bowl uniforms, forgoing red, white and blue for the first time in ages.
Instead, the Nike Elite 51 Uniform — the Swoosh’s lightest, most breathable gear, perfect for the heat of Honolulu — will go white with vibrant orange accents for the AFC, and grey with striking neon yellow (“volt,” officially) accents for the NFC. The jerseys will also feature “Pro Bowl achievement stars” on the nameplates.
Obviously this is another move by the NFL to distance themselves with the oft-maligned Pro Bowls of the recent past, and give the game a new look in hopes it helps bring about a new identity. What are your thoughts on the new Pro Bowl uniforms?
Update: We completely forgot about the new fantasy-draft format that abandons the traditional AFC-versus-NFC lineups, so ignore the above implication that the white uniform is for one conference and the black uniform is for another.