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NFL Football: Nike Announces New Uniform Release Date

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  A detail of Nike cleats worm by players from the New York Giants as they get set to take the field against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Andrew Van WingerdenContributor IIMarch 12, 2012

Finally, the moment we've all been waiting for.

Nike has announced that the new NFL uniforms will be revealed to the world in New York City on April 3rd.

Nike signed a deal to take over as the provider of all NFL uniforms and fan gear in October 2010, ending the NFL's previous partnership with Reebok. Nike will handle the NFL's uniforms and sideline apparel for the next five years.

While a lot of people seem to be expecting the worst from Nike, I don't expect too many drastic changes.

Teams with a deep history—such as the Packers, Bears, Cowboys and Raiders—aren't likely to change things up too much. The thing to keep in mind is that the franchises themselves have the final say on what the uniforms look like, not Nike.

Some teams have reportedly been open to new uniform designs, such as the Seattle Seahawks, who are rumored to have "feather trim" and a darker helmet in their future, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will make a switch to black as their primary color.

The biggest aspect of the changes is really just the fit and the way they will be made. Nike President and CEO Mark Parker had this to say about the changes:  

We've innovated at a very high level, the uniforms are lighter, they're faster, they're better fitting. So, the athletes are actually very excited about what we're going to bring to the professional game. People are wondering: What are you going to do? Are you going to get crazy with the uniforms? I think we're actually going to have some fun, but respect the tradition of these teams at the same time.

The only real changes I expect are some minor details for some teams and probably just more combinations and alternates.

Until April 3rd, we'll just have to wait and see.

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