The Jets, who last changed uniforms in 1998, will have a new, all-green helmet.
Their home, away and alternate uniforms, designed by Nike, will include a shade of green that was developed exclusively for the Jets, called Gotham green. The other colors are spotlight white and stealth black.
“It’s just a different swagger,” said star safety Jamal Adams, one of seven players who modeled the new uniforms onstage before a roaring crowd. “It’s something this team needed. Obviously, the past years haven’t been going well. To have something new, a fresh start, I think it’s just what we needed.”
Quarterback Sam Darnold, the new face of the franchise, said he loves the new look, but added, “If we don’t play well, the uniforms are going to look crummy. If we play well, they’re going to look awesome.”
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) April 4, 2019
The Jets were stunned and dismayed that a photo of the new uniforms was leaked on social media on Wednesday morning. Johnson said he doesn’t know the source of the leak.
“Sure, it was a little bit of a disappointment, but it’s not the end of the world,” he said. “It doesn’t change the jersey. I think the fans are going to love it the same, as if it was a complete surprise. But, yeah, it’s disappointing.”
The leaked photo, which included Adams, Darnold, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Leonard Williams and Chris Herndon, was actually shot a few months ago. Before posing in the new uniforms, the players were asked to turn over their cellphones in an effort to protect the secret.
From a historical perspective, the Jets change uniforms every 20 years, give or take.
Now was as good a time as any.
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