Pregame entrances and postgame platforms have become familiar places for NFL players to showcase their endless arsenal of fashion and, in turn, expand that all-important “personal brand.” Ya’ know, because #branding.

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The majority of NFL fans probably view postgame interviews as a laughable waste of time where players and coaches alike shout out ridiculously cliche answers to equally cliche questions. And that’s mostly true. To be honest, I completely get it. They just wanna get the hell out of there and kick up their feet.

But as we’ve all learned, those spirited gatherings with the media — especially ones featuring the always polarizing Cam Newton — have become quite the colorful circus and a ripe opportunity for guys to convey their fashion feel; or complete and utter lack of one.

Remember that time Cam wore an item from each of his teammates to seemingly convey team unity?

via The Comeback

Just look at that expression. Never, ever forget.

MISSING IN ACTION

The Week 10 BYE robbed us of the Ravens, Chiefs, Raiders, and Eagles.

So what did that really mean? No Travis Kelce. And that’s a shame. A damn shame.

via Instagram

Also missing was an enormous version of the great Brother Mouzone, as seen right behind Kelce.

For those who did take the field Sunday, these are their stories…

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Russell Wilson

via Seahawks.com

Russ lookin’ smooth in a finely tailored suit and pulling the old “fake nose scratch/check out my watch” trick.

Sign of a true veteran.

Marcus Mariota

via Titan Twitter

Extremely happy to report that Marcus Mariota’s “Movember” mustache is making pretty decent progress and his enthusiasm is downright magnetic.

Ben Roethlisberger

via Steelers.com

Wait, Big Ben in a full suit — complete with pocket square and tie clip — a god damn scarf that aptly complements the jacket, and a bright smile?

Had he thrown in a fancy wooden pipe we’d have swarms of media asking when he swapped personalities with a thoughtful, engaging history professor.

Where the hell am I?

Tom Brady

via Patriots.com

Tom Brady in turtleneck mode usually means Tom Brady is in hired assassin, “I’m here to kill Bond” mode. In this case, he looks especially pleased with his work; as he should.

Now please go ahead and read all 3,000 “Can Anyone Beat The Patriots” articles that will be published today.

Brett Hundley

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Brett Hundley looked like a Who from Whoville.

Tyrod Taylor

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The Bills got waxed by the Saints, 47–10, and you can certainly tell because Ty would otherwise never allow a button to emerge from underneath his tie.

Tough day all around for the Bills quarterback.

Richard Sherman

via Seahawks.com

This man ruptured his right Achilles’ tendon and will obviously miss the rest of the season, but he still stepped up to the podium — crutches and all — to give us one last showstopper.

Feverish applause are in order for № 25.

[The suit was clearly a nod to the Color Rush unis, though he’s been dressing like a game show host from Mars all season long.]

Da’Norris Searcy

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Few things in the NFL will ever top Titans safety Da’Norris Searcy and his Bayside Tigers A.C. Slater jersey.

Instant. Legend.

Adoree’ Jackson

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Speaking of the Titans — and this isn’t from Saturday or Sunday — but Titans DB Adoree’ Jackson deserves an ESPY for wearing overalls, an ‘Arthur’ shirt and a pair of Nike SB Dunks.

Brock Osweiler

via DenverBroncos.com

You’ve gotta be kidding me.

Matthew Stafford

via DetroitLions.com

Always nice to see Matt Stafford crack what looks like could potentially become a smile.

But more urgent matters are at hand: Is that a Lions shirt he’s wearing?

It’s so hard to tell. That beautiful IN YOUR FACE graphic was an excellent choice for sure.

Case Keenum

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Case Keenum threw 4 TDs to lead the Vikings over the ‘Skins and here he is looking like he’s been slapped with several shocking allegations, with his lawyer nowhere to be found.

But the jacket fits great and I too lean ‘no tie’ when I can, so there’s that.

Dre Kirkpatrick

via Bengals Twitter

Before the Bengals took the field in Tennessee on Sunday, Dre Kirkpatrick took a quick pitstop to meet with every top designer in the world — mainly Gucci — to find the most comfortable flight attire possible.

Andy Dalton appears to be in such awe, he looks like he’s about to trip over his own two feet. [Spoiler Alert: Andy does that anyway.]

Eli Manning

via Giants Twitter

Eli’s demeanor reminds me of someone who has been forced to dress up for church and, to make matters worse, despite being 36-years-old has not been able muster up the courage to tell mom he no longer wants to go to church.

Double whammy.

Cole Beasley

via Dallas Cowboys Twitter

Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley has officially seized control of the “disheveled yet somehow together and fashionable” look.

It’s also highly difficult not to appreciate a player who retweets super important news, like when Bobby Boucher showed up at halftime in Waterboy to help the Mud Dogs win the Bourbon Bowl.

Mike Zimmer

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Mike Zimmer has, by far and away, become the most unexpected regular in this space for a multitude of reasons.

This week’s reason for inclusion? I’m full convinced the lenses in his ridiculous goggle-glasses double as friendly fish tanks.

Devin McCourty

via Patriots.com

Couldn’t quite make out exactly what was on Devin McCourty’s shirt, but since he is a free safety it’s clearly a play on words and looks like it might be a nod to the troops? Or himself?

Who knows, but here’s McCourty a couple weeks ago explaining the t-shirt love. The key quote is, “You wanna have a bunch of different colors, you wanna be able to match sneakers.”

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PREACH.

Benardrick McKinney

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We’re not even halfway through November and I’ve already found my New Year’s Eve jacket.

God bless you, Benardrick McKinney.

Alfred Morris

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Come for Alfred Morris and his bow tie, stay for the two takeout containers, one of which was presumably to honor the suspended Zeke Elliot (or because Alfred Morris DGAF).

Touching stuff, I know.

Darron Lee

via Jets Instagram

Jets linebacker Darron Lee everything in sync, from the shades to the shirt to the jacket to the unobtrusive backpack straps, not to mention the “58” chain that made it very easy to figure it out who he was.

The one mystery that remains is why he had 103 different wristbands affixed to his back.

It’s always something with the Jets.

Von Miller

via Denver Broncos.com

You know the Broncos gave up 41 points when Von Miller ditches his usual over-the-top ensemble for something that says “better make this shit quick.”

Dwight Freeney

via Seahawks Instagram

Dwight Freeney rockin’ the retro Jordan 1s that go oh so perfectly with his outfit.

Some might say those Js are too shiny, and they’d be wrong.

Mitchell Trubisky

via Bears Twitter

Bears rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky, aka The Pretty Boy Assassin, always looks like he’s headed directly to his very first business dinner and has made sure he’s followed Forbes’ Top 10 steps to experiencing a successful one.

Step 1 should really be introducing yourself as anything but “Mitchell” or “Mitch” if you want to be taken seriously.

Blake Bortles

Honestly haven’t bothered to check in on Blake Bortles once this season because all he’s ever done the past three years is wear team apparel. And guess what?

The sizzling originality remains.

via Jaguars.com

Christ.

Dez Bryant

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If you’re ever going to wear a nice coat that has a hood and actually utilize the hood, this is the one.

Thomas Morstead

via Thomas Morstead Instagram

Saints punter Thomas Morstead his weekly insistence on the “groomsmen left on the cutting room floor” photo doesn’t get its fair due.

Because this most certainly doesn’t qualify as a classic “album cover” photo. This trio just doesn’t seem capable of dropping serious heat or any all-time ballads.

Bill Belichick

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It never gets old. You gotta love that’s it all or nothing with BillyBoy. And when the journey is still in progress, chances are he’s gonna look like a guy watching a movie he absolutely did not choose to watch.

I also appreciate that Belichick is consistently team #NoUndershirt. High five, brother.

J.D. McKissic

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Seahawks running back J.D. McKissic almost put it together, save for the giant Tetris pieces protruding from his pockets.

Pro Tip: If you’re gonna wear tight pants, lose the bricks.

Orlando Scandrick

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I don’t care how many famous people do it nor do I care if the world’s most renowned fashion guru wholeheartedly approves, the extra short pants — on a suit of all things — is dumber than Ralph Wiggum on his very worst day.

Sean McDermott

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No one is telling me that Sean McDermott isn’t related to Ron Howard in some capacity.

No one.

Brian Winters

via Jets Instagram

Most offensive linemen dress like they’ve chosen a bunch of random clothes that have somehow ended up in their sock drawer, but not Brian Winters.

As the kids might say, that jacket is straight fire. You may now insert 27 fire emojis to drive home that very point.

Blaine Gabbert

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In what will almost definitely Blaine Gabbert’s lone appearance here, feel free to click this video at your own risk. [Yes, he lost the Cardinals QB competition]

For a 4–5 team, the Cardinals still manage to have more fun than almost anyone else.

Previously: NFL Fashion: The Impressive Showings And The ‘Not So Much’-Week 8

Previously: NFL Fashion: Amazing Highs & Embarrassing Lows, Weeks 6–7

Previously: NFL Fashion: Lofty Highs & Hilarious Highs, Weeks 4–5

Previously: NFL Fashion: Mighty Highs & Tragic Lows Through Week 3


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