Friday, August 31, 2012

The Man with No [Manufacturer's Logo]

In the third quarter of last night's pre-season game with the Kansas City Chiefs, Packer quarterback Graham Harrell had a wardrobe malfunction that resulted in an unusual look.

Swooshless: Packers' Harrell dons non-Nike jersey

By the Associated Press
AUG. 31, 2012

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Backup quarterback Graham Harrell had a big night for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, but one thing was missing in the late stages of the game: the swoosh symbol that's supposed to be on his jersey.

Talk about a football fashion faux pas.

Harrell says he had to change jerseys after his got torn during the Packers' 24-3 preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. But the Packers apparently didn't have an identical replacement for Harrell's Nike-branded jersey available, so he had to put on an older one.

Harrell said, "They ripped my Nike one, and we just don't have replacement ones yet, I guess, is the story."

Nike replaced Reebok as the supplier of NFL team uniforms earlier this year.

Harrell added, "I hope I don't get fined, I guess."
Someone on the equipment staff appears to have taken a Sharpie to the Reebok logo, but they left the "NFL EQUIPMENT" patch alone.

Here's how Harrell looked earlier in the game:

Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell throws as he is being rushed by Kansas City Chiefs' Jeff Allen (71) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
If anything, I guess I'm surprised that anybody noticed. Almost a decade ago, after Reebok picked up the league-wide uniform contract, Brett Favre wore an old Nike cold-weather jersey with the swoosh taped over. But in the age of YouTube highlights, DVRs and the NFL Network, these uniform malfunctions are easier and easier to catch.

(h/t: Uni Watch)

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