Good morning, and happy October! The NFL rolled out its new international diversity initiative yesterday, as players were permitted to wear a non-USA flag decal on their helmet if they lived in that country for at least two years or have a parent or grandparent who was born there. Two hundred and five players participated (including Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, shown above, who wore the national flag of the Philippines), with over 50 non-USA flags represented.
Different teams took different approaches regarding the positioning of the flags, as you can see in these next few shots:
In addition, 20 coaches and executives participated in the program by wearing pins or patches, including Pats coach Bill Belichick:
You can see the full breakdown of participating players, coaches, and execs, and the countries they were representing, here. The program will continue next week.
In other news from a very uni-eventful day around the league yesterday:
- The Saints debuted their new black helmet, which looked pretty good, against the Vikings, who unfortunately opted to go mono-purple (additional photos here). Oddly, this is the third time in four seasons that Minnesota has gone mono-purple against the Saints, having previously done so in 2020 and the 2019 Wild Card round.
- That Saints/Vikes game was played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Here’s a time-lapse video showing how they did the changeover from soccer to football:
- The Commies debuted their new BFBS alternates, which looked pretty ridiculous — especially from behind:
- Gorgeous game in the Meadowlands, as the Giants debuted their 1980s-90s throwbacks against the Bears (lots of additional photos here):
- The Giants also used throwback locker nameplates yesterday:
- The Ravens wore their purple Color Rush uniforms:
- Yesterday was the Panthers’ “Keep Pounding” game, so they wore “51” rear-helmet decals for Sam Mills and also used throwback designs in the end zones and at midfield:
White jerseys, white britches today, as modeled by JJ Jansen (on the original logo at midfield). pic.twitter.com/usYkLVwALr
— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) October 2, 2022
- In that same game, the Cardinals went blood-clot:
- The Falcons went mono-black:
- The Jags wore their teal pants for the first time this season:
- The Jets wore the completely nonsensical color combo of green-white-black:
- I can’t honestly say I keep track of such things myself, but I’m told that Raiders coach Josh McDaniels was wearing a 2021 hoodie and a 2019 visor:
- Four teams wore white at home: The aforementioned Saints (who were the designated home team in London) and Panthers, and also the Bucs and, of course, the Cowboys. The Bengals also wore white at home on Thursday, so that’s a total of five home teams opting for white this week.
Tonight: The 49ers host the Rams, and the Niners will be wearing their red throwbacks.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Gabe Cornwall, Rudy Gutierrez, Don Ingram, Lee Wilds, and @PanthersUnis.)