Today, Nike and the Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled the team’s new NFL Nike Elite 51 Uniform design for the 2013 NFL season - a completely integrated system of dress with an aggressive, modern design honoring the team’s military fan base and positioning the team for the future.
This design renaissance, developed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL and Nike, centers around the concept of the American dream and realizing success through hard work, ingenuity, and leadership – ideals that Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan is working to instill throughout the entire organization. Like Nike’s co-founder Bill Bowerman, Khan embodies a pioneering, innovative spirit while still staying true to his humble beginnings.
Nike always starts by listening to the voice of the athlete, so too did Mr. Khan and the Jaguars organization through their design approach.
Black represents the true characteristics of a jaguar -- a feared predator hunting with stealth precision. Claw marks featured across the shoulders, around the neckline and within the stripe pattern on the pant are all placed in an aggressive forward facing position.
The Jaguars proudly salute their hard working military fan base with a patch placed on the front plane of the jersey, directly over the heart. The patch features a forward facing Jaguar head as well as the new JAGS wordmark.
“These uniforms balance our tradition with the future” said Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan. “The military-style badge on the front of the jersey speaks directly to the strong relationship we have with our hometown of Jacksonville. These new uniforms leave no doubt about our brand essence of being proud, bold and committed. I believe our new look will energize and inspire both our players and fans. It’s clearly a new era for the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
The new helmet features a unique fade from gold to a matte black finish in the front – another symbolic forward-facing characteristic of the uniform. The team’s logo, a bold Jaguar head, provides a strong anchor for the jersey, pant, helmet and glove.
“Our new all-black uniforms are sharp, fast and aggressive” said Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny. “When you put on your uniform, your entire mentality changes. You’re representing your family, your team and your fans.
Putting on the uniform makes you want to give it everything you have on Sunday.”
Designed and engineered from the inside out, the NFL Nike Elite 51 uniform focuses on creating a system where the baselayer, padding, jersey and pant work in concert. Lightweight padding is also integrated directly into the crucial “hit zones” in the baselayer. New innovations include integrating Flywire technology into the
neckline to reduce weight and provide lockdown fit over pads, increasing sleeve articulation for better range of motion, and integrating new four-way stretch fabrication to provide a streamlined shrink-wrap fit.
“Our goal is to help build better athletes by providing state-of-the-art-innovation combined with a deep knowledge and understanding of the team” said Todd Van Horne, Nike’s VP and Creative Director for Football.
“The Jaguars NFL Nike Elite 51 uniform delivers everything an athlete needs eliminates what he doesn’t, while pushing the limits on creativity and design. This new design truly embodies what it means to be a Jacksonville Jaguar.”
Nike NFL players Paul Posluszny and Tyson Alualu were on hand with Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan and Nike Football VP and Creative Director Todd Van Horne in Jacksonville to unveil the new design. Also modeling the new uniforms were Eugene Monroe, Uche Nwaneri, and Cecil Shorts. Top members of the military were also on hand to accept a special version of the new black jersey printed with the words “STAND UNITED” printed on
As the official uniform supplier of the NFL, Nike provides all on-field, baselayer, sideline and practice wearfor all 32 teams. The Jaguars new fan jerseys are scheduled to be on sale on April 25th at nikestore.com, NFLShop.com and Jaguars.com, as well as broader retail locations including Nike stores beginning April 26th.
THE NIKE ELITE 51 UNIFORM – AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM OF DRESS
• LIGHTER –The Nike jersey and pant, wet or dry are lighter than previous versions
• FLYWIRE TECHNOLOGY- Eliminates layers, reduces weight, and provides lockdown fit to keep the jersey
• ZONED MESH VENTILATION – Provides cooling zones for optimal thermoregulation
• ZONED STRENGTH - High tenacity, stretch material, for light weight lockdown strength.
• CUT FOR MOBILITY – Four-way stretch, hydrophobic materials enable range of motion wet or dry.
• STRETCH TWILL NUMBERS – Four-way stretch even on numbering system
• BASELAYER DEFLEX PADDING – Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong baselayer with integrated lightweight,
Deflex padding offering customizable flexible impact protection.
• DEFLEX PADDING - Lightweight, flexible impact protection integrated into top “hit zone” areas
• ALUMINUM D-RING BELT - Aircraft-grade aluminum D-ring belt reduces weight.
• NIKE VAPOR GAME SOCK – A highly innovative sock designed specifically for football. The knee-high design combines compression, Nike Pro DeFlex inspired cushioning, mesh venting and structure precisely where needed.
The uniform also features the Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Glove, a lightweight, breathable and articulated fit combined with innovative Magnigrip material on the palms and between the fingers for a tacky grip suitable for all weather conditions. The new team logo is featured prominently on the palm when athletes interlock both hands.
The Nike Alpha Pro Cleat is designed for explosive speed with an adaptive Nike Flywire support structure thatcreates an anatomical fit resulting in more stability while locking the foot in place.