Archive for August, 2016

Size Authentic NFL Football Jerseys

August 27th, 2016

The National Football League officially licenses three kinds of jerseys for fans to purchase: replica, premier and authentic. NFL authentic jerseys are made to the specifications of those worn on the field by NFL players. Since NFL players wear padding and other equipment under their jerseys, the authentic jerseys made available to fans are not exact replicas. They are, however, made with the same quality specifications and design techniques as actual player jerseys.

Choose the vendor you which to purchase your jersey from. NFL authentic jerseys are available through multiple online vendors and retail locations. To ensure authenticity, quality and appropriate sizing, NFL Shop – the league’s official online retailer – is widely considered as the premier online location to purchase NFL authentic jerseys. Sizes are uniform and do not vary from team to team. Women’s sizes differ from men’s sizes.

Take your measurements. Measure your chest size with a fabric tape measure under the armpits, around the fullest part of your chest. Acquire your body length by measuring a straight line from the bottom of your neck to where you want the garment to fall on your waist.

Based on your measurements, determine your optimal jersey size using the chart below for men’s sizes:

Small jersey: Chest 45″ (Length: 41)

Medium: Chest 47″ (Length: 32)

Large: Chest 49″ (Length: 33)

X-Large: Chest 51″ (Length: 34)

XX-Large: Chest 53″ (Length: 35)

3X-Large: Chest 57″ (Length: 36)

4X-Large: Chest 61″ (Length: 37)

5X-Large: Chest 65″ (Length: 39)

Since this chart is based on body measurements, not clothing measurements, choose an approximate size up from your actual measurement for a looser fitting jersey and a size down for a closer fit.

For women’s jersey sizes, use this chart:

Women’s size 2-4: Small jersey

Size 6-8: Medium

Size 10-12: Large

Size: 14-6: X-Large

Size: 18-20: 2X-Large

Size: 22-24: 3X-Large

Size: 24-26: 4X-Large

According to, women’s jerseys have a slender cut. Order one size up if you like to wear your jersey loose.

Stretching a Football Jersey

August 21st, 2016

It’s Monday evening. After a hectic day of work you receive a telephone call from your son’s football coach about his jersey, and you drop by his office and pick up his medium-size jersey. After throwing it in your car you rush home to make dinner for the family. Before bed, as an afterthought, you have him try it on. Oh no, it’s too small! There’s no way your son and his huge shoulder pads will fit in there together and his first game is tomorrow night.

This is a scenario that has happened to many. While it might be possible to ask for another jersey, there are times this may not be an option. The best option may be stretching the jersey yourself. While this may seem like a difficult task, with a little know-how it can be done fairly easily.

Fill the washing machine, the storage or bath tub, or other container with water. Cold water is best for this process.

Immerse the jersey in the water, letting it remain until thoroughly soaked and the fibers are loosened. This should take about about 10 minutes.

Remove the jersey from the water and ring it out by hand to remove much of the excess water. However, make sure it is still sopping wet. The more saturated the fibers, the easier it will be for the fabric to expand.

Place the bottom of the jersey around the back of the wide-backed chair and gently work it down over it until it’s as far as it can go. It is important to do this gently so that the fabric only stretches and is not
damaged by stretching it too fast.

Rotate the jersey around the chair back repeatedly and at regular intervals. This action should be continued until the jersey is dry. This is to ensure that even stretching occurs. You don’t want the jersey to be bigger in the stomach but still too narrow at the sides, or vice versa.

No Names on Jerseys in College Football

August 13th, 2016

Many colleges put their football players’ surnames on the back of their jerseys to identify the players. But some well-known colleges have chosen not to identify their football players by name on their jerseys. They make this choice for a variety of reasons.


According to ESPN, the idea of placing names on the back of jerseys originally came from Bill Veeck, the owner of baseball’s Chicago White Sox. Vendors of scorecards protested, but the names were not visible from the grandstand; the purpose was to allow television viewers to identify the players. Some teams in the American Football League picked up on Veeck’s idea and began placing names on the back of their players’ jerseys in 1960, but the National Football League did not adopt the practice until 1970. It’s unknown when college football largely moved to jersey names. Some colleges, such as USC, Notre Dame and Penn State, still don’t have them.


Football, of course, is a team sport, not an individual sport. Each player has a position and a role. If the players don’t work together, the whole team suffers. Some college coaches believe that placing player names on jerseys will make the players forget that they play on a team. No NCAA regulation requires that names appear on the back of football jerseys. The decision is up to the college, but most college athletic directors leave the decision to the coaches. Notre Dame coaches Ara Parseghian, Charlie Weis and Brian Kelly allowed the jersey names during bowl games, but not during the regular season.


One probable reason for omitting jersey names is tradition. The custom did not begin with college teams, and some colleges, such as Notre Dame and Penn State, want to keep the traditions of the past alive. Notre Dame did adopt jersey names during the 1987 football season, but then reversed the decision. Most Division I colleges have their players’ names on their jerseys.


Most Division I colleges have a football budget that enables them to replace jerseys regularly, but many smaller colleges use the same uniforms for several years before purchasing new ones. These smaller colleges cannot afford to change the names on the jerseys each year. Adding and removing names repeatedly makes the uniform deteriorate more quickly.