It’s time to light up Thursday nights! The NFL unveiled the 2016 Color Rush uniforms on Sept. 13, revealing cool new jerseys for every team in the league! However, 9 of these squads will have to keep their uniforms in their lockers until next year. Find out who – and why!
Looking good, guys! The Color Rush uniforms are back, giving each team a monochromatic makeover. The Baltimore Ravens are a big purple flock, the Miami Dolphins are an orange tidal wave and the Jacksonville Jaguars are pure gold (at least, their uniforms are.) These special outfits are only to be played on Thursday night football games, but 9 teams won’t get a chance to wear them this season, according to Fox Spots.
These teams include: New York Jets, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions.
Why is that? Well, in the case of the Lions, Washington and Colts, they’re playing on Thanksgiving, a holiday football bonanza that isn’t part of the 2016 Color Rush program. For the other six teams, their opponents’ uniforms are so similar that the game would cause major issues for colorblind fans.
The NFL found out about this fashion faux pas during a 2015 match between the Jets and the Buffalo Bills, per Deadspin. The Bills, in all red, were facing the Jets, in all green, but people with red-green colorblindness couldn’t tell one team from another! In order to avoid this color clashing controversy, the NFL brought in doctors from Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York to give their thoughts on how to not drive away colorblind fans. The solution: the six teams will wear all-white jerseys and pants.
However, the NFL will still sell the colorful jerseys for all 32 teams (even though 19% of them won’t ever be seen on the gridiron.) Proceeds from the sales will benefit the NFL foundation, which funds health, safety and wellness for youth football players. So even if the Cards, the Lions or the Browns will be left off the NFL’s “Best Dressed List,” pick up a jersey to help out a good cause.
What do you think about the new Color Rush jerseys, HollywoodLifers? Is your favorite team going to bust out the new threads this year? What’s your favorite jersey?