Fans get chance to bid on jerseys, trips to Super Bowl

The NFL has announced plans for the “Back to Football 2010 Kickoff Charity Auction” to support the New Orleans Saints Gulf Coast Renewal Fund. The NFL and NFL players have partnered to assemble an unprecedented array of one-of-a-kind experiences and autographed memorabilia from some of the NFL’s top stars, including Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees and Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre.

Among the experiences and items:

» Super Bowl XLIV helmet signed by Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees

» Authentic jersey signed by Brees.

» Game-worn jerseys from NFL stars Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Randy Moss, Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez

» Super Bowl XLIV opening kickoff ball

» Football signed by the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints

» VIP trip for two to Super Bowl XLV in North Texas on Feb. 6, 2011

» VIP trip for two to the 2011 Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Jan. 31, 2011

» Guitar signed by Taylor Swift, who is performing in “NFL Kickoff 2010 Presented by EA Sports”

» Opportunity to walk the red carpet at Lombardi’s Broadway premiere on Oct. 21, 2010 in New York City

» Opportunity to be on the set of HBO’s Emmy-nominated series Treme

» Behind-The-Scenes VIP Experience at NBC’s Football Night In America studio show including a tour; meet-and-greet with FNIA talent; autographed football by SNF/FNIA talent; and NBC Sports gift bag

A full list of items can be found at www.nfl.com/auction.

The New Orleans Saints developed the Saints Gulf Coast Renewal Fund to benefit those affected directly by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A significant portion of the funds being raised are from the raffle of an official Super Bowl XLIV Championship Ring identical to the one that was awarded to the ownership, players, coaches and administrative staff. More than $800,000 has been raised through this raffle to date. The funds will be allocated by an eight member board of directors made up of Gulf South community leaders, Saints ownership, senior executives, and a player.

The Back To Football 2010 Kickoff Charity Auction is part of the efforts to kick off the 2010 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints and the city of New Orleans. This is the seventh consecutive year the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

Ball gets jersey number stolen for Steven Jackson

When former second-round pick Montee Ball joined the Patriots’ practice squad, he was No. 39.

On the day that legendary running back Steven Jackson arrived for duty, Ball checked his locker again and he was No. 31. No questions asked. Jackson has worn that number for his entire career.

“The funny thing about it, I just came in today and realized I was 31,” Ball told ESPN.com.

Ball would have given it to Jackson anyway. Ball grew up in Missouri where Jackson played the first nine years of his career. He gave Ball his first autograph (Ball is seven years younger than Jackson).

“Even if he would have asked for 39, I would have given it to him because I have so much respect for that man,” Ball said. “I was talking to him today and telling him that when I was little, he was the first person I ever got an autograph from. I’m from right outside St. Louis and he was with the Rams. I went to one of the Rams’ camps when I was young — 11, 12 years old, 13 — and he was there. It’s funny how everything comes full circle.

“All my extended family were St. Louis fans, so I’ve seen a lot of Jackson jerseys around my house. It’s crazy now that we’re on the same team, in he same running back room. It’s a blessing.”

Now that we’ve gotten the warm and fuzzy stuff out of the way, here are two totally Bill Belichick-ian theories we have out of left field as to why this happened.
1. Belichick somehow knew this, and decided that the best way to mold Ball into the dynamic running back that draft analysts projected him to be was to bring in his idol and rekindle Ball’s childhood love of football.

2. Belichick purposely gave Ball 39 knowing that he would sign Steven Jackson and take the number away in an effort to humble Ball into accepting the Patriot way.

Neither of these are probably true, but as much as we’re looking forward to seeing Belichick utilize Steven Jackson, we’re just as excited to see what he can do with Ball during his time on the practice squad, and whether or not Ball will actually make it to the active roster at some point this season or during the playoffs.

NFL Draft 2016: Jets fan already has Marcus Mariota jersey

There’s confidence, there’s putting your money where your mouth is … and then there’s this: A Jets fan already has a jersey with Marcus Mariota’s name on the back of it.

Courtesy of Busted Coverage comes this tweet from a writer who said the purchaser of said jersey was two rows in front of him in a class he’s taking:

Priceless RT @Sam4TR: A Jets fan in my class bought a customized Marcus Mariota jersey. Classic Jets fan. pic.twitter.com/VgOqRbmwWT

— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) April 28, 2016

We know how Jets fans react to NFL Draft disasters (see below), so it begs the question: What will he do with the jersey if someone else trades for or drafts the Oregon quarterback? If you see something burning in Chicago on Thursday, you’ll know what happened.

NFL Combine: Rex Ryan, Rob Ryan show up in throwback Bills jerseys

INDIANAPOLIS — In case you were wondering — or even if you weren’t — ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan and his rotund twin brother, Rob, are still a couple zany fellows. 

Rex is now the Bills’ head coach. This offseason, he hired Rob to his staff. (That should be completely boring, right?)

Officially, Rob is the Bills’ assistant head coach for defense. But who cares about that on-field stuff when you have a wellspring of wacky antics?  

For example, here are the brothers Ryan arriving at the NFL Scouting Combine wearing throwback Bills jerseys, while carrying what appear to be giant iced coffee drinks loaded with whipped cream: 

The Ryan brothers arrive to the NFL Combine in throwback @buffalobills jerseys. https://t.co/DTFyvOivQY

— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 26, 2016

Live look at Jim Kelly and Cookie Gilchrist, reporting for today’s #NFLCombine. #RyanBros pic.twitter.com/XPFMVyTN5p

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) February 26, 2016

Tom Brady’s game-worn jersey missing after Super Bowl LI win

HOUSTON — If anyone sees Tom Brady’s game jersey from Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots quarterback has a message for you: Could it please be returned?

Brady couldn’t find his jersey in the Patriots’ celebratory locker room after a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

“It will be on eBay soon, I guess,” he told ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg on Sunday night, while on his way to the team buses.

After the game, reporters saw Brady looking through the bag in front of his locker and then calling some team staffers over.

“I put it in the bag, and I came out and it wasn’t there anymore. It’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia,” Brady said Monday. “If it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know so I can track that down.”

Asked if he planned to give the jersey to his mother, Galynn, who has been battling an undisclosed illness, Brady said Monday: “Those are special ones to keep.

“What can you do? I’ll take a ring, and that’s good enough for me.”

In a video posted Sunday on the NFL’s Twitter account, Brady told Patriots owner Robert Kraft that “someone stole my game jersey.”

“Are you serious? Well, you better look online,” Kraft replied.

“It was right here. I know exactly where I put it,” Brady said, according to USA Today Sports.

Something similar happened to Brady’s jersey after the Patriots’ 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015, so this isn’t a one-time occurrence. It didn’t seem to be a major concern to the team.

Eagles’ Tim Tebow among top selling jerseys in NFL

It isn’t often a fourth-string quarterback has one of the top selling jerseys in the NFL.

But then again, not every quarterback is Tim Tebow.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Tebow’s No. 11 Eagles jersey finished as the 15th best selling jersey in the NFL for the month of May, outselling the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback, Tony Romo.

The success of Tebow’s jersey shouldn’t be surprising.

The quarterback has gathered a huge following over the years, from his Heisman winning days at Florida, to his successful tenure in Denver and even during his brief stint with the New York Jets.

The question now is, will those Tebow fans who purchased his jersey ever get to see the quarterback wear it during a game?

Here is a complete look at the top 25 selling jerseys in the NFL for the month of May, per Rovell.

NFL reveals Color Rush jersey for the Broncos

The Broncos’ Color Rush uniform to be worn Oct. 13 at San Diego will feature orange jerseys, orange pants, orange socks and orange shoes, with accent elements that evoke variations of the uniforms the team wore from 1968 to 96.

The numerals will be in the block font throughout that period, but instead of being trimmed in lighter blue, as they were for three decades, they will feature a navy border just like the numerals on the current jersey.

The blue-white-blue striping on the sleeves is reminiscent of the stripes used from 1968 to 96, but as with the navy border on the numbers, it is the current shade of blue worn since 1997.

Orange pants return to the uniform for the first time since a wild-card loss at Houston on Dec. 23, 1979. That closed the Broncos’ sixth season in orange pants during the iconic-D era; they wore orange pants with white jerseys from 1968-71, and used that combination again from 1978-79.

The helmet will remain the same, per the NFL’s one-helmet rule instituted in 2013. But the current horse head logo will be replaced by the iconic “D” horse logo that remains a popular staple on fan gear to this day.

All NFL proceeds from the sale of Color Rush jerseys throughout the league will go directly to the NFL Foundation to fund health, safety and wellness programs for youth around the country. The first $500,000 raised will be earmarked to replace youth and high school football equipment and fields lost in August’s devastating floods in Louisiana.

This will mark the first time the Broncos have worn orange pants with orange jerseys.

Along with the Dolphins, who will go full orange like the Broncos during their Color Rush game, this is believed to be the first instance in which orange-on-orange will be worn in the regular season during the last 75 years. According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, the Bears wore orange jerseys with orange pants and orange helmets in 1938.

The closest any team came to such a look in the last 75 years was in 1995, when Tampa Bay’s head coach, Sam Wyche, wanted his Buccaneers to wear orange jerseys with orange pants for a nationally-televised regular-season finale. Player objections led the plan to be scrapped in favor of the Bucs’ Florida-orange-on-white look that was dumped — aside from the occasional throwback appearance — after the 1996 season.

In 1997, both the Buccaneers and Broncos ditched their orange jerseys. But the Broncos brought back orange with a 2001 throwback at Dallas, and then an alternate jersey used in the 2002 and 2004 seasons, and later from 2007-11. The current orange jersey became the Broncos’ primary home uniform in 2012.

Orange is the Broncos’ identity — from the Orange Crush heyday of the 1970s and 1980s to being “United in Orange” during recent postseason runs. But never have the Broncos brandished more of the color that makes them unique in the NFL than they will at Qualcomm Stadium next month.

The Chargers will wear royal blue uniforms against the Broncos. The uniforms will be in their current template in regards to number and name font, but the shade of blue will hearken back to the uniforms worn from 1974-84, an era which included the salad days of the “Air Coryell” offense.

Hanson Brothers Cheap Jerseys

Wearing the same jersey as quarterback Robert Griffin III or linebacker Brian Orakpo is one of the most rewarding experiences a fan can have on their lifetime football checklist.

Sure you can sport a hat or a t-shirt to show your allegiance to Redskins Nation, but nothing trumps your Washington Redskins passion more than wearing, and showing off, a jersey.

When Nike became the official uniform and apparel provider of the NFL before the start of the 2012 season, the Redskins classic burgundy jerseys and white jerseys became fans best options for game day digs. The sleek jerseys have given fans a nostalgic throwback to the days when those two jersey colors were the only two a fan could choose from.

Check out some of these jerseys that were for the “cool kids only” (which I know was you) during your younger years.

Over on Bleacher Report is “Six Washington Redskins Jerseys You Likely Rocked During Your Childhood”.

The list includes John Riggins, Clinton Portis, Darrell Green, Dexter Manley, Joe Theismann and the most recent Redskin, Chris Cooley.

Unfortunately, replica Theismann jerseys did not come with a single bar helmet.

Growing up I saw more No. 47 jerseys that I can remember–and it wasn’t just kids who were sporting them.

So are/were you one to wear the replica of a player like Darrell Green who personified the franchise’s prestigious history or any other Redskins great?

Broncos will wear blue jerseys against Texans

The Broncos will break out their alternate blue jerseys for their Monday night game with Houston.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — It will be Blue Monday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High when the Houston Texans arrive.

The Broncos will break out their alternate uniforms of blue jerseys and will pair them with white pants.

Since making the blue jerseys the alternates in their uniform set, the Broncos are 4-1 when wearing them, including 3-1 when pairing the blue jerseys with blue pants.

The Broncos have paired blue jerseys with white pants once in that time, defeating the Green Bay Packers 29-10 in 2015. The Broncos wore the blue-on-white look for that game as part of a weekend honoring the 1997 team that won Super Bowl XXXII while wearing blue-on-white.

Prior to last year, the blue-on-white look was the primary home uniform from 1997-2011.

The Broncos are 69-27 all-time at home when wearing blue jerseys with white pants, including a 5-1 mark in the postseason. Including road and neutral-site games, the Broncos are 75-31 in blue-on-white.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said the team would wear blue pants. We regret the error.