Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/20/14

The NFL finally put that whole replacement referee thing behind them but it didn't take long for another issue to arise — and this a big one. Specifically, a 300-pound problem.

After a decade of wearing Reebok-made jerseys, the league switched to Nike's "body-contoured fit" models. Now NFL linemen are complaining that they make them look plus-sized, according to The Wall Street Journal.

While the new form-fitting tops may look good on the sculpted bodies of a 200-pound running back, the new tops have the full-figured linemen asking their teammates: Does this make me look fat?




"I hate them. They are built for thin guys," said Alex Boone, a 300-pound guard for the San Francisco 49ers. "It makes me look like I have big old love handles."

Boone complained that the new jerseys make his stomach hang out at the bottom and makes him self-conscious.

"It makes me look fat," he said. "And I'm not fat."

After Boone's wife saw her husband in the new uniform, she told him, "You look like you ate a small baby." Ouch.



The players know the new tops are more function than fashion but still want to look good on the field. You need something to cover up those 6,000-calorie meals.

"I don't really care for the new jerseys," said 6-foot-4, 349-pound Ravens defensive lineman Terrence Cody. I feel like they should put different material in for the big guys."



Ravens 315-pound lineman Arthur Jones claims it's hard for most normal-sized people to understand what goes into fitting into a jersey comfortably. He said it needs to be "huge."

Not all NFL linemen are as vain about how they look in the football trenches. Ramon Harewood, a 334-pound Ravens lineman said the new jersey fits him fine and that the guys who complain "like to look pretty" and be "swagged up."

"They say you have to look good to play good," snorts Harewood. "I don't believe that."

No linemen have registered any complaints with the Gridiron Uniform Database, a fan-run site concerned with uniform design debates such as colors and striping, but when the big guys are mad — get out of the way.

It looks like NFL commissioner Roger Goodell might have another mess on his hands — replacement jerseys.

29 Comments:
  • "Make" you look fat, check out the BMI scale dudes you aren't fat you're obese. 6'5-6'6 275-280 pounds. You are young and can handle it now, wait till you are done playing and those workouts end, you'll be blobs.
  • Poor choice of words, "make you look fat", the jerseys don't make them fat it just empahsizes their size. Sure they could probably lose a few or quite a few pounds but if they did and their performance was lacking everyone would say it was because they aren't "big" enough. Yea, they're big, they have a "BIG" job to do, they're professional NFL lineman for Pete's sake! Everyone has a right to feel good about the way they look when they're at work, especially if it's before thousands of people and televised around the world. All you people shouting all the BMI scale knowledge and comparing them to the general, couch potato, beer swigging, public, you have no clue what you're talking about, you have never done their job and will never even get the chance. It's easy to attack someone when you don't have to say it to their face.
  • Too bad BMI doesn't take body comp into account...
  • Really.....you guys average between 310 and 380 pounds...and it's the UNIFORM that makes you look fat. No dude...it's your fat that makes you look fat. Just ask your wife or girlfriend.
  • I bet these guys are in better condition than you. And maybe you should consider what you're saying, an eight foot tall person would be a MINIMUM of 300 pounds.
  • Maybe you need to look in the mirror , you are fat. A lot of you linemen could lose 50 lbs and you would look better and the jersey would fit just fine. Heaven forbid you probably would even play better. You need a time limit at the dinner table.
  • not too familiar with how football is played, are you?
  • GO JETSlets change the subject so there fat i call it over
    pork chopped. sorry big guys im on your side of beef? waaaa.
  • O.k. my son plays ball, left tackle, High school. He also is on the weight lifting team. When he first started playing football and lifting weights he was over weight, but after 4 years I promise he is not fat, muscle everywhere but still has a little pudgy stomach. He is 5'10 220 lbs. He and other lineman complains of the same problem (he says he looks fat, also the jereseys are very constictive) being his school uses the same style jersey. I purchased one for myself to support his team at games I am 5'9 160 lbs. while I don't look pudgy I better don't gain any weight. The jerseys are great around the shoulders and chest but very constrictive around the mid section even on me. The one good thing about them it keeps other players from holding as easy.
    Now for lineman being fat look at these guys good, the arms, chest, leggs, solid muscle. You have to be strong to play line or you mize well go home. The only place you see any extra poungage is the stomach. Tell these guys they are fat they probably could snap most of us in half with one arm. And also when your 6'6 300 lbs. isn't that much wieght the taller you are the more you can wiegh and still not be fat,
  • Just like BIG doesn't necessarily mean fat, strong doesn't necessarily mean BIG. My son is one of the toughest & strongest on his Pop Warner team...and he is only average height & UNDERWEIGHT for his age (12). 4'10 & just shy of 90 lbs, but because of his strength he is on the O-line - Yes, the O-Line!
  • Let me clue you in to something. You look fat in the showers, too. The guts on many linemen jiggle when they move, and many are larger than the worst redneck couch potato beer-swillers you see in bars. Teams actually ENCOURAGE (if not require...) their linemen to be heavy, so they're harder to move when blocking and able to MOVE those mega-guts when rushing. They're strong because they've spent thousands of hours lifting weights. But if your belly button enters a room five minuits before your head does, you're just plain FAT.
  • For all you skinny little farts calling us Clydesdale's fat, be careful, you just may find yourself someday wearing one of our 6'5" 380lb a$$es as a butt helmet. Its funny how none of you ever make these comments to our faces yet you all seem to have huge balls when hiding behind your keyboard!
  • To all the armchair critics: Try pushing someone around for an hour that is 50 pounds heavier than you!
  • The guys pictured in this article would look fat wearing a tent.
  • I played H.S. football and semi-pro as a 59 320 nose tackle and shotgun plus longsnapper,coaches dont "requier"a lineman to be over a set weight but a bigger man ALONG with good tech is a better blocker than someone smaller,but tech wins alot of the times,look at Peppers,Lewis,Urlacher they are'nt "diesel" or "huge"they play well with low body fat and good tech topped off talent,a run blocker lineman is more likely to be bigger to open up lanes or shut down others while a pass protecter is better when they can beat the outside rush or be able to pull fast enuff for a screen,watch when a slow big guy misses the block ,no yards screen penetrated,alot of points to cover but basic idea,who cares i'm still 5'10 300lbs and it still comes in handy LOL! GO BEARS!!
  • Poor choice of words, "make you look fat", the jerseys don't make them fat it just empahsizes their size. Sure they could probably lose a few or quite a few pounds but if they did and their performance was lacking everyone would say it was because they aren't "big" enough. Yea, they're big, they have a "BIG" job to do, they're professional NFL lineman for Pete's sake! Everyone has a right to feel good about the way they look when they're at work, especially if it's before thousands of people and televised around the world. All you people shouting all the BMI scale knowledge and comparing them to the general, couch potato, beer swigging, public, you have no clue what you're talking about, you have never done their job and will never even get the chance. It's easy to attack someone when you don't have to say it to their face.
  • FYI, Mrs. Alex Boone: Your husband is probably going to have a huge payday soon. So don't be calling him fat anymore or else you'll lose some shopping money.
  • LOL
  • They dont fit right!I have a few reebok jerseys and this year I purchased a Nike.It's noticably smaller than the reebok's.I laid it on top of my other jerseys and the Nike one is almost 2 inches smaller in size.I'm a big guy and wear a 3x(56)jersey comfortably.The Nike 3x is more like a 2x.
  • Sound like a bunch of whiney bitches, that somehow forgot they are there to play football and not posing at a fashion show!!
  • Okay now the ref thing was a legitimate complaint, but come on this crap about do I look fat? Please you're a 300 lb lineman, and 300 pounds is only going to distribute itself so much depending on your height and body frame. So either work your ass off more to get more muscle, lose weight or shut the hell up. You are playing a game and getting big bucks for it you sissyfied little asses. This is even worse than Neon Deon's "turf toe"!
  • Dude, your bigger than them. if they laugh..**** em' up!
  • I don't like about the new uniforms is the see-through white pants. As soon as these guys start sweating you can see their pink skin and you can tell if they are wearing white or black jock straps.
    Is that a tatoo or a heart shaped zit on your pizza looking butt?

    NIKE must be saving some $$$ on sweat shop materials under this contract.
  • Maybe they should get their jerseys made by the same company that does the NHL ones. Those are plenty roomy.
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