The NFL announced this year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominees last week — one for each team. Those 32 players began wearing the Payton logo as a rear-helmet decal this week (as seen above on, from left, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Lions quarterback Jared Goff, and KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes) and will continue to wear it for the rest of this season. This season’s Payton winner, who will be announced shortly before the Super Bowl, will wear the Payton logo as a jersey patch for the rest of his career. You can see the full list of this year’s nominees here.
In other news from around the league yesterday:
- For the first time this season, Gang Green wore green below the helmet, as the Jets finally broke out the green pants (they still haven’t worn the green jerseys) against the Bills, who once again went blue over blue (sigh):
- Good-looking game in Cincy, where the Bengals’ and Browns’ uniforms complemented each other nicely:
- Another good-looking game in the Meadowlands, where the Giants and Eagles both wore their best uni combo:
- I will never get tired of watching the Chargers in their yellow pants:
— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) December 12, 2022
- Things weren’t quite so easy on the eyes in Detroit, where the Lions once again looked embarrassing:
- The Broncos wore their mono-navy alternates:
- The Seahawks wore their alternate grey pants:
- In that same game, Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn, who wears No. 8, had a fold in his jersey that, at first glance, made it look like he was wearing No. 0:
- Cowboys running back Tony Pollard’s socks were blue topped by white, instead of the more common white topped by blue:
- Not a great photo, but Bucs linebacker Rakeem Nuñez-Roches’s NOB had a tilde over the “U,” instead of the second “N” (which, as it turns out, he also had two weeks ago):
- Bills coach Sean McDermott was wearing a hoodie with the hood cut off:
- Only one home team wore white: the aforementioned Cowboys, of course.
(My thanks to Willie Gabel, Marcus Hall, R. Santiago, Pete Schwadel, and John Turney for their contributions.)