Monday, June 27, 2011

Jersey Monday: Eddie George

A couple of years ago, I had a month on Facebook where I changed my profile picture to jersey numbers from my collection to match the day of the month. There were a couple numbers for which I didn't have a jersey -- 25 and 29 immediately come to mind -- and there were a few more between 1 and 31 for which I only had one jersey to represent that day.

Well, if I was still doing that, then today's jersey on Facebook would have been Eddie George, as he's the only No. 27 in my collection.

I got this George jersey when I was in college, and at the time the Titans were one of the last remaining teams for which I didn't have a jersey (pre-Houston Texans, that is). This particular model is a replica from Puma, the German sneaker company that became an official on-field supplier of NFL jerseys and equipment for about a 3-year period beginning in 1999. What was interesting about the Puma replicas is that they almost all used that same weird NOB font, despite it not matching any of the teams for which they supplied jerseys or anything "standard" to any other team.

As you can probably see in the picture, this jersey also has a really low nameplate, because, if I'm not mistaken, this was the first year they were actually the Titans, and thus it was the first year this jersey style was made. Puma hadn't quite figured out where to place the nameplate, with the color separation on the shoulder and back. From what I can tell, this is still something of a problem with Titans jerseys, though the two-tone color doesn't drop quite as low on the back anymore, and the nameplates on current jerseys are placed as close to the split as possible.

Also, now the Titans use the reverse of this color split as their primary home jersey, with this style being relegated to an alternate. I honestly prefer this one, and I'm not just saying that because I own it.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.

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