(NEW YORK) — The NFL’s heaviest players have weighed in on Nike’s new slim-fitting uniforms and the reviews are anything but flattering, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“I hate them. They are built for thin guys,” Alex Boone, a 300-pound offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, told the paper. “It makes me look like I have big old love handles.”
Reebok had been the manufacturer for the past 10 seasons, and this is Nike’s first year making the uniforms as part of their new contract. Nike designed slimmer, more contoured uniforms, and while they may look stunning on the sculpted receivers and running backs, the guys in the trenches say they are unflattering and uncomfortable.
“I don’t really care for the new jerseys. … I feel like they should put different material in for the big guys,” Terrence Cody, a defensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, told The Wall Street Journal. “It feels like it tightens up and stuff, it’s hard to breathe, it constricts.”
Boone said his wife told him that when he wears the uniform “it looks like [he] ate a small baby.”
In a statement, Nike defended the jerseys. Other players interviewed for The Wall Street Journal’s story said there is no problem with the uniforms and that anyone who complains is putting a premium on looking pretty.
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