This is the NFL, where you’ll be fined for wearing the wrong one crampons, Where black eye, Where listeners, Where baseball cap. So when Packers WR James Jones played the entire 30-13 victory over the Vikings with a hoodie under his jersey, almost everyone thought he should write a check to pay for his comfort. Not so! The NFL is full of surprises.
Jones ‘hoodie is perfectly legal under Byzantine NFL uniform policy, but only because it was in one of the Packers’ colors, had the correct length sleeves, and was supplied by team and therefore was manufactured by one of the NFL’s trading partners. here is the relevant part of the rulebook:
Quarterbacks will be permitted to wear a solid color t-shirt, turtleneck or sweatshirt (in accordance with the color of the team’s underwear) under the match jersey with cut-to-length sleeves. any length, provided both sleeves are evenly cut and the edges are sewn and hemmed. All other players may wear clothing under the match jerseys only if the sleeves of the underwear (a) do not protrude under the sleeves of the jersey; or (b) extend the full length to the wrist. No other sleeve length for clothing under shirts is allowed for players other than quarterbacks. Players cannot wear long-sleeved underwear that includes pebbled sleeves. All clothing under jerseys that is exposed at the neck or sleeves and has an exposed logo or trade name must be authorized and approved by the League office to be worn on the field (see article 7). All team members who wear approved underwear with exposed collars or sleeves must wear the same color on a given day, which color must be white or a solid color that is an official team color ( solid means the sleeves must not have any stripes, designs or team names).
Former vice president of officials Mike Pereira explained that while the hoodie was okay, Jones was in danger of being attacked by it, which would have been just as legal.
So why did Jones wear the hoodie? It was cold. With the wind it I felt like it was in the 1920s in Minneapolis, and Jones said he just dI don’t want to take it off after the warm-ups.
“When I went there for the warm-ups I was warm,” Jones said. “It’s a short-sleeved hoodie. I train there every day. I was like, practice playing. They were colors emitted by the team, so I felt a bit excited about that. So I say to myself, let me go out and play with it. I just wished no one would grab me by the back because they might treat him like (dreadlocks).
It certainly didn’t bother Jones, who led the Packers with six balls caught for 109 yards, including a touchdown and a two-run conversion.