Every week in the NFL is a chance for players to make a statement on and off the field. The league eliminated uniform rules so teams can have alternate helmets and a variety of colors for their jerseys.
But before the game, the arrival of the players has become their own catwalks. This includes players appearing in outfits and accessories meant to attract attention. Some go big like Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson wearing top-of-the-line suits and designer sneakers. While others take a more subtle approach to their fit on game day, like Seattle Seahawks lineman Poona Ford, who, rather than aspirate, turned inspirational and donned a jersey with a powerful message.
The beauty of this is that anyone can look good, feel good, and play good. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox showed up to the Philadelphia Eagles’ Monday night game walking confidently in a pale yellow ensemble, which had ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown crew screaming and screaming.
“Never tell me you can’t be 300 pounds and sexy,” Booger McFarland said. “You can do it!”
Here is the Drip Check for Week 2 of the NFL:
Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry appeared with the loot for Monday night’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills. He opted for Louis Vuitton from head to toe. His playful shirt and pants ensemble featured the brand’s signature floral print and a touch of geography. The runner brought out the purple of the mountains in the outfit with its matching Millionaires hues. He topped it off with a purple and black baseball cap that read “Malletier,” a reminder of the fashion house’s origins as a luggage manufacturer.
Micah Parsons is having fun so far this season, taking time to play rock-paper-scissors with fans after the season opener, but he showed up to the Dallas Cowboys’ home game against the Cincinnati Bengals ready. for business. His dark double-breasted suit with a grid pattern paired with dark tones and leather Chelsea boots said, “Don’t mess with me.”
Mecole Hardman Jr.
This is one that you have to look closely at to fully appreciate every layer of greatness. The Kansas City Chiefs posted a video of wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. showing off a graphic jersey, paying tribute to Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce. The gesture towards a partner is charming. But what’s really cool is Hardman’s t-shirt, a tribute to Aaliyah featuring the late pop star in her iconic Tommy Hilfiger bandeau top.
Joe Burrow boarded the team plane to Dallas wearing a burgundy grid-print jacket, burgundy pants and Jordan 1 Bordeaux sneakers. While the pants are a bit wrinkled and regular, Louis Vuitton’s gray and black duffel bag reminded his haters that he’s still Joey B.
New York Jets defensive lineman Micheal Clemons might be a rookie, but he came into the game against the Cleveland Browns with a team he said was grown. He tucked a dark button-down shirt into gray slacks with a simple belt. A gray panama hat and a single gold chain completed his look.
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye went all purple for game day. He chose a lavender lapelless jacket with matching pants. The Nike SB Purple Lobster sneakers are the icing on the cake. Is it unpleasant? Yes, is cool? Yes.
Trevor Lawrence has been an adidas fan for quite some time. He signed with the athletic company in 2021 before the Jacksonville Jaguars selected him No. 1 overall. Now that he’s making a lot of money, he can show off the Three Stripes collaboration with Gucci. On Sunday, the quarterback opted for a purple and red bowling jersey that featured both brands’ logos in an interlocking pattern. Tres chic.
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Poona Ford took the opportunity to share an important message with fans as he entered Levi’s Stadium to face the San Francisco 49ers. His black t-shirt said “Mental Health is Real” and he provided a fake number with a reminder of what’s important in life: 1-800-CHECK-ON-YOUR-DAWGS
If anyone did, Donte Jackson brought the drip. He showed up to the Carolina Panthers game against the New York Giants in a well-tailored maroon suit with white pinstripes. He was wearing Christian Louboutin sneakers (that’s right, red pants) and a casual coffee in hand. The tortoiseshell tones were elegant and his hair was wrapped in a loose chignon that served as the proper crown for a king.
New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney channeled Michael Jackson with his game day. He wore a double-breasted jacket with flared pants that swayed as he walked. All he needed was for the ground to light up under each step.
Birthday boy Zamir White showed up at Allegiant Stadium ready to work. The Las Vegas Raiders running back wore a silver Prada bowling shirt with his lightning bolt chain on top, a nod to his nickname, Zeus. Black jeans and a pair of fierce rectangular sunglasses completed the look.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was flying high after the team’s upset victory on Monday and entered Levi’s Stadium in a gray Louis Vuitton tracksuit with checkerboard details. It’s the popular jacket-and-shorts combo that sometimes looks awkward (see Ezekiel Elliott), but the nine-year veteran managed it just fine. The white sunglasses gave it a modern edge and the blue bags added a splash of color.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard knows when to let the sneakers lead his game day attire. He chose a pair of black Rick Owens high-top sneakers with the laces around his ankles. He chose a black leather button-down cargo shirt, a graphic tee underneath, and long Fear of God-esque drawstring baggy shorts as everything neatly tied together.
Cam Jordan stole the show. It wasn’t that his attire was necessarily flashy. He wore a simple white button-down blouse that showed off his gold chains with a pair of black shorts. His Fu Manchu mustache was a statement. But before the game, he made sure to show off to the family about him, the ultimate accessory money can’t buy.