Nike's new NFL uniforms boast of a "body-contoured fit," which isgreat for athletes whose bodies are fit for contouring, but not soexciting for big guys in the trenches with sizable girth and prominentguts.
The Wall Street Journal talked to some of the league's bigger players about the tight-fitting jerseys and found that they're about as popular as replacement refs and vegetables.
"Ihate them," 300-pound Alex Boone of the San Francisco 49ers told thenewspaper. "They are built for thin guys. It makes me look like I havebig old love handles."
He said that when his wife saw him for thefirst time in the new jersey, she said it looked like he ate a smallbaby. And by "small baby" she must have meant "oversized Thanksgivingturkey and three basketballs."
Look, no change in fabric or cut isgoing to make sloppy offensive lineman look like Calvin Johnson, butguys like Boone have a point. Unlike, say, B.J. Raji (left), Boone'ssize is more thickness than corpulence. He looks as athletic as a 6'8",300-pound lineman can be.
Even with that, Boone still looks like a sack of potatoes. The Rajisof the world look like chubby babies wearing an outgrown onesie.
Nike told WSJ that its jerseys are designed for players of all sizes.