NFL’s Red And Green Uniforms Described As ‘Torture’ By Colorblind Fans

November 13, 2015

Some called it unwatchable — and that wasn’t just because the Jets and Bills were playing. Thursday night’s NFL game is drawing criticism for featuring teams in all-red and all-green uniforms, making them virtually indecipherable to fans with red-green colorblindness.

The uniforms were part of the Nike’s new “Color Rush” line, tied to a four-game promotion for the NFL’s Thursday night games. But the combination of red and green drew a range of negative responses, on both practical and aesthetic counts.

Calling the uniforms “stupid,” Deadspin presented a video clip of last night’s game that had been modified to simulate what it looked like to people with red-green colorblindness. The images show players running around in virtually identical uniforms, all of them wearing mostly white helmets, with white stripes on their dark shirts and pants.

Among those unhappy with the choice: former New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes and AP sports editor Michael A. Giarrusso. “This is torture to us,” Giarrusso wrote.

“According to the National Eye Institute, as many as 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women worldwide with Northern European ancestry are in some way colorblind,” ESPN reports. “Recent estimates suggest that 10 million Americans suffer from it.”

The next game in the Color Rush promotion pits Tennessee against Jacksonville, in a game that will fill the field with powder-blue and gold colors. Future games are scheduled between Carolina and Dallas, followed by Tampa Bay vs. St. Louis.

Reacting to last night’s game, some critics simply decided that even for people who can discern between red and green, the uniforms were a bad idea.

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