Color Rush Uniforms: Best to Worst

By: Casey Sudzina, @CaseySudzina

The last time we discussed this topic, I had you guys offer up your opinion on the best and worst Color Rush jerseys of the year. This is what you came up with. 

BEST

San Diego Chargers

LA Rams

Denver Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals

WORST

Jacksonville Jaguars

Cleveland Browns

Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders

You also said that if you were a GM you would wear the Color Rush jerseys once a year, so most of us agree that Nike and the NFL have a good thing going here.

The big trends on the uniform characteristics are the neon colors and throwback colors. As a whole, the neon colors seem to be a hit, and the throwback colors seem to be a miss.

Personally, I really like the neon, but again, I am part of the younger generation and I tend to not care for the throwback colors or the uniforms that look similar to regular season unis. To me, the Color Rush unis are supposed to be exclusive and using plain regular season looking designs takes away from that. Additionally, I do like the whiteout and blackout jerseys, especially the ones with the oh so smooth metallic accents—those look phenomenal under the lights. 

Based on your input and my own personal thoughts, I ranked each Color Rush jersey from best to worst! Enjoy!

1. Carolina Panthers

There is not a better color swatch possible. Carolina Blue is awesome, and accompanied with silver and black, you really can’t go wrong.

There is not a better color swatch possible. Carolina Blue is awesome, and accompanied with silver and black, you really can’t go wrong.

2. New Orleans Saints

These whiteout unis with the gold accents are unbelievable! *insert heart eyes emoji here please*

These whiteout unis with the gold accents are unbelievable! *insert heart eyes emoji here please*

3. San Diego Chargers

I really love what Nike did to the normal blue of the Chargers. Really cool twist. The gold numbers tend to look  sweet on every uni too.

I really love what Nike did to the normal blue of the Chargers. Really cool twist. The gold numbers tend to look  sweet on every uni too.

4. Oakland Raiders

A lot of people hate these because they say the silver numbers are hard to see, but I think the black outline helps. Again, something about the all white with metallic numbers really gets me. Love it

A lot of people hate these because they say the silver numbers are hard to see, but I think the black outline helps. Again, something about the all white with metallic numbers really gets me. Love it

5. Baltimore Ravens

The twist Nike put on the classic purple color is just too appealing.

The twist Nike put on the classic purple color is just too appealing.

6. Tennessee Titans

Again, Tennessee is blessed with the gorgeous shade of blue. Not as cool with dark blue and white accents when comparing it too the Panthers, but still nice.

Again, Tennessee is blessed with the gorgeous shade of blue. Not as cool with dark blue and white accents when comparing it too the Panthers, but still nice.

7. Kansas City Chiefs

THANK GOD this is red and not yellow. Nike did a great job making the yellow accents actually look sweet. Do you know how hard it is to make yellow look good? They killed it here. The socks are also a game changer for me.

THANK GOD this is red and not yellow. Nike did a great job making the yellow accents actually look sweet. Do you know how hard it is to make yellow look good? They killed it here. The socks are also a game changer for me.

8. Detroit Lions

The all black looks so sleek. Detroit’s blue could have been bad all over. Love the decision to go all black. Silver adds a nice touch too.

The all black looks so sleek. Detroit’s blue could have been bad all over. Love the decision to go all black. Silver adds a nice touch too.

9. Minnesota Vikings

I wish they would have done a little less with the yellow, and this would be at the top of my list. The Viking’s purple is hard to mess up.

I wish they would have done a little less with the yellow, and this would be at the top of my list. The Viking’s purple is hard to mess up.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

Some people hate the way dark green and black look together, but I think this looks incredibly sleek.

Some people hate the way dark green and black look together, but I think this looks incredibly sleek.

11. Cincinnati Bengals

The all white with the orange and the tiger stripes – fire!

The all white with the orange and the tiger stripes – fire!

12. New York Jets

I love what Nike did to brighten the normal green color. They did well with a potentially disastrous color.

I love what Nike did to brighten the normal green color. They did well with a potentially disastrous color.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

All red is a lot, but the grey accents make this uni sleek.

All red is a lot, but the grey accents make this uni sleek.

14. Seattle Seahawks

This was the hardest uni for me to rank. I love neon, but this is really aggressive.

This was the hardest uni for me to rank. I love neon, but this is really aggressive.

15. Atlanta Falcons

Nike did a great job with the black helmets and numbers. I just hate to see this look so similar to their normal red unis.

Nike did a great job with the black helmets and numbers. I just hate to see this look so similar to their normal red unis.

16. Dallas Cowboys

No matter what, Dallas unis cannot really look bad, but this looks too ordinary for me.

No matter what, Dallas unis cannot really look bad, but this looks too ordinary for me.

17. Arizona Cardinals

I am normally really into the all black, but all the red accents sort of takes away from it.

I am normally really into the all black, but all the red accents sort of takes away from it.

18. New York Giants

People won’t agree with me here because most love this uni. To me, there is not a big difference at all from their normal unis. Someone who doesn't want much NFL football wouldn't realize these are Color Rush.

People won’t agree with me here because most love this uni. To me, there is not a big difference at all from their normal unis. Someone who doesn't want much NFL football wouldn't realize these are Color Rush.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers

I hate that the numbers are not outlined. It ruins what could have been a really sleek uni for me.

I hate that the numbers are not outlined. It ruins what could have been a really sleek uni for me.

20. Green Bay Packers

I would have liked to see Nike utilize the green or the yellow with this one. Looks too ordinary for me as white.

I would have liked to see Nike utilize the green or the yellow with this one. Looks too ordinary for me as white.

21. Chicago Bears

Not great colors to work with here. Maybe if they made the numbers and helmet all orange…

Not great colors to work with here. Maybe if they made the numbers and helmet all orange…

22. Denver Broncos

Basically the complete flop of the Bears uni. Bad colors to work with. Maybe if they did a white helmet…

Basically the complete flop of the Bears uni. Bad colors to work with. Maybe if they did a white helmet…

23. New England Patriots

Not a fan of the silver helmet. This is also way too regular for Color Rush. Another uni that non-football fans may not even realize is Color Rush.

Not a fan of the silver helmet. This is also way too regular for Color Rush. Another uni that non-football fans may not even realize is Color Rush.

24. Buffalo Bills

I hate the all red here with that helmet. Clashes too much for me.

I hate the all red here with that helmet. Clashes too much for me.

25. Houston Texans

This blue pains me to look at. Thankful they won’t be wearing these on TV this season.

This blue pains me to look at. Thankful they won’t be wearing these on TV this season.

26. San Francisco 49ers

These could have been SO sweet, but then they put the helmet on. One gold Nike swoosh isn’t enough to make an all gold helmet work.

These could have been SO sweet, but then they put the helmet on. One gold Nike swoosh isn’t enough to make an all gold helmet work.

27. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts got the short end of the stick with their shade of blue. They look like the Indianapolis Smurfs.

The Colts got the short end of the stick with their shade of blue. They look like the Indianapolis Smurfs.

28. Miami Dolphins

Not even sure what this shade of orange is. The Dolphins are so blessed with that aqua blue, and they chose to do all orange. They did a little with a lot to work with.

Not even sure what this shade of orange is. The Dolphins are so blessed with that aqua blue, and they chose to do all orange. They did a little with a lot to work with.

29. Washington Redskins

Holy UGLY. Never, ever make a uniform all yellow. I get its Color Rush, but wow.

Holy UGLY. Never, ever make a uniform all yellow. I get its Color Rush, but wow.

30. Cleveland Browns

Let us not mention what Browns players look like running around in an all Brown uniform… as if they didn't have that covered without wearing the all brown.

Let us not mention what Browns players look like running around in an all Brown uniform… as if they didn't have that covered without wearing the all brown.

31. LA Rams

Again, HOLY ugly. Never use all yellow. Ever.

Again, HOLY ugly. Never use all yellow. Ever.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

This is by far the ugliest color I have ever seen. They have a gorgeous blue color to work with, and they produce this. I really don't even know what to say…

This is by far the ugliest color I have ever seen. They have a gorgeous blue color to work with, and they produce this. I really don't even know what to say…

I think my preferences in my Top 10 seem to differ a little from other opinions I have seen and heard. Many don't like the Jets or the Seahawks, or even the Vikings and Ravens for that matter; but they really appeal to me. I like what Nike did to change up the traditional colors. I also really like the different looking uniforms as I mentioned earlier, because to me, that is the whole purpose of creating a limited edition uniform series. A lot of the teams that chose out of the ordinary colors made it towards the top of my list. Some teams just have better colors to work with, and other teams just are not so blessed. Again, thanks to all who participated and helped to make this article possible. Props to Nike and the NFL for collaborating on this extremely cool concept as well. I am sure we can all agree that we are excited to continue to see these uniforms in action through the rest of the season, and hopefully the uniforms come out even better next year. Either way, phenomenal revenue generating idea!

All photos via Sports Illustrated

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