Does this jersey make me look fat?

Oct 4, 2012, 7:15 AM | Updated: 9:16 am
LISTEN:

cedargrove
Despite complaints about the new NFL uniforms, Red Bryant says his wife likes the way he looks in his new jersey. (AP)

By Josh Kerns

When you’re 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds, it can be tough to find clothes that fit. And there’s word a lot of the NFL’s biggest guys are unhappy with the league’s new form-fitting uniforms.

The Nike-made uniforms are intentionally tight, but for the largest of players, they accentuate some of the bigger body parts, especially the huge bellies on the guys who hold down the front lines.

“I hate them. They are built for thin guys,” Alex Boone, a 300-pound starting guard for the San Francisco 49ers, tells The Wall Street Journal. “It makes me look like I have big old love handles.”

They’re admittedly unflattering for the massive linemen. The Journal report shows the Seahawks’ Red Bryant, among the biggest of the big boys, and his huge frame stretching the new jersey to the limit.

But despite the complaints of some, Bryant tells 710 ESPN’s Bill Swartz he’s OK with the tight fit.

“I just put on what they give me,” Bryant says. “My wife, she loves the way I look in it, so I guess I say I like them.”

He’s clearly in the minority among the big guys.

“It makes me look fat,” Boone told the Journal. “And I’m not fat.”

When Boone’s wife first saw him in the new garb, she told him, “It looks like you ate a small baby.”

A Nike spokesman says the tight jerseys are designed for optimal performance, and come in a variety of sizes and cuts for different players.

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Kenneth Walker III...
The Associated Press

Seahawks’ backfield depth getting tested entering stretch run

Pete Carroll had only vague updates about the status of the Seahawks' backfield, which was left thin in the second half of last week’s win over the Los Angeles Rams.
22 hours ago
Seahawks Rams...
Brent Stecker

K.J. Wright: How Seahawks fixed early run D issue vs Rams

Former Seahawks Pro Bowl linebacker K.J. Wright breaks down the change Seattle made after a shaky first defensive series in their win over the Rams.
22 hours ago
Seahawks draft Will Anderson...
Joe Fann

Fann: Seahawks Draft — bowl guide for their potential 1st-round picks

Joe Fann breaks down the list of top players at three positions that could be Seahawks first-round picks, and which bowl games you can see them in.
2 days ago
Seahawks Pete Carroll...
Brent Stecker

ESPN’s Riddick thinks Seahawks’ Carroll knew all along they were good

ESPN analyst and former NFL safety Louis Riddick was around the Seahawks in the preseason, and he saw a "twinkle in the eye" of Pete Carroll at the time.
2 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brent Stecker

Seahawks Game-Changing Plays: Breaking down Geno’s winning drive

The Seahawks beat the Rams 27-23 on Sunday, and it wouldn't have happened without Geno Smith leading a late TD drive. Michael Bumpus breaks down the biggest plays from that drive.
2 days ago
Seahawks Tariq Woolen...
Brandon Gustafson

Seahawks’ Carroll: Tariq Woolen has ‘legitimate chance’ to be dominant

Seahawks rookie CB Tariq Woolen came away with his sixth interception on Sunday. Pete Carroll discussed Woolen's play and sky-high potential.
2 days ago
Does this jersey make me look fat?