One of the finest brand-new traditions in the NBA is the debut of “City Jerseys,” special jerseys created to honor/mirror/embody the cities in which the franchises play. Here’s the Miami one, for instance, and it’s a flat-out badass tribute to the city’s bygone “Miami Vice” era.
So that leads to a question: what if the NFL decided to do City jerseys? The NFL has its Color Rush unis, of course, which are an assault on at least three of the five senses, and the occasional throwbacks to prior eras, but why not something a little more on-point and forward-thinking? Designer Jesse Alkire took up the challenge, and the mock jerseys he came up with are absolutely brilliant.
Here’s the entire slate of, again, mock jerseys:
— Jesse Alkire (@JesseAlkire) December 12, 2018
And make sure to go to Alkire’s site for up-close looks at all 32 teams. We’ve plucked out a few select gems, like the Charlotte Motor Speedway-inspired jersey for the Panthers above, or the Kurt Cobain-inspired one for Seattle, here:
The Dallas version pays tribute to the city’s distinctive nighttime skyline:
And in the love-it-or-hate-it gem of the bunch, there’s Philadelphia’s tribute to “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” You’re singing the song right now, aren’t you?
Again: these are mock jerseys, not created in connection with the NFL or Nike. But if they were, we’ve got to figure they’d sell out. This is great work.
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