The NFL and Nike are partnering up for new uniforms this season. You probably heard something about that as Nike and Reebok battled it out over the rights to sell Tim Tebow jerseys. Or maybe you got an email from the St. Louis Rams on Monday, informing you of new, non-game day gear for sale. On Tuesday morning, fans will get their first look at the new Nike uniforms, and as with all things Nike, the question for many is how different the uniforms will be.
The appearance of the Nike uniforms does not mean wholesale changes. Amid rumors of new uniforms and the excitement over the Rams' 1999 throwback jerseys, TST talked to Rams COO Kevin Demoff who said that there were no plans to make changes to the Rams' uniforms in the near future.
"It isn't on the radar currently, but may be something we explore as we move forward," Demoff said.
But the Nike uniforms will be different. How different is the question on everyone's mind ... and the idea behind the hype the NFL and Nike are pushing ahead of this morning's unveiling.
The biggest difference will be the fabric. Nike is using the same "speed machine" technology that it used for its NCAA uniforms. In short, it dries faster, wicks away sweat and weighs less. Those fabric changes will have some impact on uniform colors, as revealed by the Detroit Lions recently.
"What will be different is the technology behind the uniform," O'Neill told Detroitlions.com lead writer Tim Twentyman. "You'll see a lot more of the fabrics and the lines and the makeup that you see in quite frankly a lot of major college programs. That'll be the big change for us out of the gate."
Some fake images of the Nike uniforms have been floating around the web. As with most things on the internet, a thorough debunking has left many unconvinced.
The picture below is what the fake Rams' uniform looked like.
We'll have more coverage of the uniform event as it happens.