San Diego Chargers Uniform Change For 2013?

When Nike took over as the official uniform supplier of the NFL, there was some concern that they would bring their college style of uniform to the NFL and affect a certain amount of tradition for certain franchises. Outside of the Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars, Nike has done a great job at honoring that tradition and they have only made some minor tweaks to a number of teams. In 2013, it looks like one of those teams that will have a slight tweak in their uniforms is the San Diego Chargers.

It wouldn’t be a major change and the team has not announced anything yet, but a close look at the uniform shows a slight change in the product. Previously, the Chargers name plates featured just white lettering. When the 2013 class of rookies was announced following the draft, they still had the white lettering at their introductory press conference. Here is an example of the single colored text on the name plate:

Apr 27, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers draft picks D.J. Fluker , Manti Teo and Keenan Allen pose for a photo with their jerseys during a press conference at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The names really pop in that style, but the latest images of the Chargers uniforms show a two-tone text on the name plates. On the home jerseys the names are yellow and outlined in baby blue, while the away jerseys feature navy text outlined in yellow. Here is an image of the new text: For further evidence of the new text, check out the jersey DJ Fluker was presented with after shaking Roger Goodell’s hand at the NFL Draft:

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (Alabama) is introduced as the eleventh overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Here is one more image of the change:

Photo via Michael Romeo on Twitter (@ROMESalicious)

If the uniform change is indeed happening, what do you all think of the slight tweak? The two tone numbers certainly fit the Chargers unis well, but I think they would pop more if the text was white on the dark jerseys and outlined in baby blue or yellow. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments section and let us hear your opinions.

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