NFL unveils ‘monkey motorcycle’ paint scheme
NEW YORK — The NFL unveiled a new paint scheme Monday for its jerseys, helmets and other gear, the first such scheme since 2010.
The plan, unveiled at a ceremony at Yankee Stadium, features a monkey on the jersey, a monkey helmet and an orange-and-black jersey.
The monkey design will be available for sale in 2018.
“We’re trying to build on our heritage, but we want to build it for the 21st century,” said general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who also is the NFL’s director of football operations.
“It’s about making our game accessible to fans everywhere.”
The new monkey design, which will be in full effect for the 2018 season, includes orange-on-black, and the colors will be black, orange and white.
The jersey design is the latest to incorporate monkey elements in recent years, including in the new “Flamingos” jersey from last year, the team’s purple-and and white-striped jerseys and the new red-and black-striping jerseys.
The New York Jets’ helmets are white, while the San Diego Chargers’ helmets will be a gray color.
Tannengab said the monkey design “looks like the monkey you’d see on the cover of a comic book.”
The NFL plans to offer the jersey and helmet designs for free to fans, but will charge $5 for the full set of paint schemes.
The new paint schemes will also be available through NFL Shop beginning Monday, Oct. 31.
The “monkey” logo, which was first seen on the San Francisco 49ers’ helmet in 2007, will be on the helmet.
The logo, created by artist Nick Rizzuto, will feature an upside-down orange, and a black-and, white-on white stripe.
The helmet design will feature a black helmet with a black and white stripe, and black and a white stripe across the middle.
The jerseys will feature orange-orange stripes across the shoulder pads and will have black and orange stripes on the collar and the jersey.
“I think it’s a cool element,” Tannensum said.
The orange-red and orange-white are very subtle. “
But it also makes it easy to show it off.
The orange-red and orange-white are very subtle.
People will recognize it immediately.”