– by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief
NEW YORK — To go along with a new head coach and some new high-priced free-agent signings to infuse new energy to a success-starved franchise, the New York Jets capped off one of their busiest offseasons on record by introducing some new digs for the players to wear in 2019.
On Thursday, the New York Jets unveiled their new uniforms in an event full of pomp, circumstance, comedy, celebrities and, of course, optimism in an event in Gotham Hall in Manhattan. From Jets legends of yesteryear like Joe Namath to fan favorite Wayne Chrebet to the stars of today, Gang Green officially embarked on its fourth major uniform change in its franchise history.
Well, you can still call them “Gang Green,” but know that the shade of green in their new uniforms is officially Gotham Green, along with Stealth Black and Spotlight White to complete the combination, displayed by New York Jets players Sam Darnold, Quincy Enunwa, Jalen Adams and Leonard Williams. Along with the different shade of green and the introduction of black to the color scheme, the biggest change also is the words “NEW YORK” being stitched across the chest and above the numbers.
All in all, the event symbolized what the Jets brass and fans alike hope is a return to winning, something that has been in short supply since the New York Jets went to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010. Since 2010, the Jets have had a winning season just once while missing the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons.
“If we don’t play well, the uniforms don’t look good,” said Darnold, the Jets’ starting quarterback, while on stage.
Not playing well surely won’t be an option for a team that made waves in free agency, acquiring former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and four-time Pro Bowler and former Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Thursday’s event, with all photos taken by Jersey City-area photographer Arturo Holmes. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are eight pictures in total.