Did anyone at the Nike or the NFL consult with the leagues 300-pounders when they designed the leagues new jerseys? It sure doesnt appear so.
These jerseys fit tighter, which isnt a good thing when youre, say, Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody, whos 6 feet 4 and in the vicinity of 350 pounds.
"I don't really care for the new jerseys," Cody told The Wall Street Journal. "I feel like they should put different material in for the big guys."
A Nike spokesman told the Journal: "We have 40 years of experience in the football business and the idea in our products is for optimal performance and we work with the athletes to find fit and function. The uniforms are available in a variety of sizes and cuts for different players with enhanced performance in mind."
Cody isnt buying that enhanced performance stuff, especially not given how the jerseys react when wet.
"It feels like it tightens up and stuff. It's hard to breathe. It constricts," Cody said.
Plus, Cody and other big guys say, the jersey rides up when they play. That cant be a good look.
On the other hand, Ravens guard Ramon Harewood, himself 330-plus pounds, apparently doesnt see anything worth making a fuss about. Then again, hes not very concerned with how he appears on the field.
"They say you have to look good to play good, Harewood said. I don't believe that."