Remember when I went to the NFL offices back in January? As I mentioned at the time, I was being interviewed for a uni-centric media project that the league was working on, which has now finally come to fruition: It’s the latest episode of NFL Explained, which is all about jerseys. It runs slightly over an hour and is full of really interesting info and commentary from league officials, a Pro Football Hall of Fame historian, Nike personnel, equipment managers … and me!
I’m frankly surprised by how much of my commentary they ended up using. I’m one of about six talking heads who appear periodically throughout the film. I appear in the very first minute, and there’s even a little segment about how I created Uni Watch at the 57:59 mark.
Full disclosure: At one point, during a discussion about uni numbers, I mistakenly refer to Giants defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux as Justin Thibodeaux. Not sure how I made that mistake (or why they left it in). But aside from that, I’m pretty happy with my role here. E and I watched it last night and she said she was proud of how professional I sounded, although she’s obviously a bit biased.
The film itself is very good, with lots of info about NFL uni history, equipment management, the league’s uni rules, uni numbers, fabrics, and more. There’s historical footage, fun animations, and lots of very good editing that’s fast-paced but doesn’t feel gimmicky. It’s not perfect — one section that’s basically a stroke job for Nike goes on too long, and there are a couple of glaring omissions (how you can mention that the first Color Rush game was the Bills/Jets game in 2015 without also acknowledging that it was a disaster for colorblind fans?) — but overall it’s a very solid and engaging look at NFL jerseys.
Unfortunately, as is the case with lots of NFL content on YouTube, I’m unable to embed the video here. But you can watch the whole thing on YouTube. Recommended!