Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher joined representatives from every NFL team in New York Tuesday as Nike unveiled its Nike Elite 51 football uniforms for the 2012 season.
Nike is billing the line as “the next generation in superior lightweight performance delivering a fully integrated system of dress for athletes at the highest level.” Beginning this season, Nike is taking over from Reebok as the supplier of NFL team uniforms and sideline apparel.
The Bears jerseys feature only subtle changes, with the numbers moving from the sleeve to the shoulder pad and a larger version of the “GSH” initials honoring legendary founder George Stanley Halas.
“The look is kind of similar; they didn’t change too much,” said Bears receiver/return specialist Devin Hester. “It seems like it’ll fit a little tighter, a little more to your body type. I like the pants. It seems like they’re thinner and will allow you to be more mobile.”
Nike boasts that “new innovations include integrating Flywire technology into the neckline to reduce weight and provide a 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.”
“The new uniform is a lot tighter,” said Bears equipment manager Tony Medlin. “It moves more with the body. It’s a lot lighter fabric. It performs better. Some guys have worn this type of uniform in college and they liked the way it performed. It feels like it makes them much faster mainly because of the way that the fabric moves with the body.”