NFL T-Shirts: The Best Tees for All 32 Teams

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Friday September 1st, 2017

Last year, I made you scroll through six paragraphs before we got to the goods. This season, you’re getting two and a half before I reveal my second annual choices for the best T-shirts of every NFL team. When it comes to tees, there’s no time to waste.

​How’d I pick ’em? I spent more hours than my bosses would like to know scouring online shops—many suggested by The MMQB readers—in search of shirts in two categories: Licensed, which covers all your big name brands like Nike, ’47 and Fanatics that can put official logos on their gear; and Non-Traditional, which includes all the local and independent brands that have to get creative with their products. For the Women selections, I leaned on my colleagues Kalyn Kahler and Bette Marston to let me know what the ladies like.

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The choices are below; click on the yellow-underlined links for purchasing information. And please let me know if I missed anything via email or Twitter. Here we go—listed in alphabetical order, by conference...


NFC

ARIZONA CARDINALS

'47/State Forty-Eight

• LICENSED (Nike, $31): Sometimes simple and direct, like a David Johnson run up the middle, gets the job done best.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (State Forty Eight, $30): Simultaneously support Bruce Arians, arguably the NFL’s best soundbite, and a good cause helping needy children.

• WOMEN (’47, $45): Easy to forget that the Cardinals are one of the NFL’s oldest franchises. The 1920 on the back will school the uneducated.


ATLANTA FALCONS

Fanatics/TownieMade

• LICENSED (Fanatics, $22): Look, you can’t hide from 28-3, so you might as well embrace it. Wear with self-deprecating pride.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (TownieMade, $24): A nod to the ’77 Falcons defense and one of the best nicknames in football.

• WOMEN (5th & Ocean, $39): Old-school stripes on the football sleeves? Yes please.


CAROLINA PANTHERS

500 Level/Roaring Riot

• LICENSED (Under Armour, $34): A modern take on those old-school caricature shirts that dominated the 80s. I’m in.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Roaring Riot, $24): As good of an example that I’ve seen of unlicensed apparel looking just as sharp as the real thing. 

• WOMEN (500 Level, $26): Here’s hoping Cam’s shoulder is healthy enough for him to do this kind of hollerin’ this season. 


CHICAGO BEARS

The Heckler/Nike

• LICENSED (Nike, $31): This fat font screams football, but don’t look past Barstool’s gem of a take on it either.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (The Heckler, $20): WE’RE GOING STREAKING, but if you’re not into running naked through the quad, perhaps this 31 Apparel beauty is better. Or if you’re into math, this ChiTown Clothing shirt would be a good addition. (Count ’em up. They’re all there.)

• WOMEN (500 Level, $27): Because Sweetness never goes out of style. 


DALLAS COWBOYS

Nike/Bullzerk

• LICENSED (Nike, $44): Nearly half a hundy is too expensive for a tee, but can you put a price on wearing the same shirt as Jason Garrett?

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Bullzerk, $23): And good luck getting Black Sheep out of your head for the rest of the day.

• WOMEN (Fanatics, $34): Love the circular text surrounding probably the most identifiable logo in football.


DETROIT LIONS

LionBlood/’47

• LICENSED (’47, $30): To be honest, the old Lion silhouette logo is better but the new one looks good too.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (LionBlood, $26): The brand of ex-Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson has some excellent options for Detroit fans. For the Parental Advisory set, there’s also this one from SMPLFD.

• WOMEN (’47, $38): Can’t go wrong with the bold uniform stripe across the front.


GREEN BAY PACKERS

TownieMade/Mitchell & Ness

• LICENSED (Mitchell & Ness, $49): Is a henley a T-shirt? Not really, but when it’s green, gold and gray, and old-school stripes are sewn on the sleeves, who cares. 

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Sconnie, $19): Called this out last year for our Green Bay Gear Guide and it remains my favorite Packer option.

• WOMEN (TownieMade, $24): Green Bay and beer is an unbeaten combo in Packerland. Throw in a championship belt celebration and you’re all set. 


LOS ANGELES RAMS

TownieMade/Fanatics

• LICENSED (Fanatics, $24): I predict the Rams will go exclusively blue and white by the time the new stadium opens in 2020, so enjoy the yellow while you can.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (TownieMade, $24): Like the throwback vibe here, and love the subtle In-N-Out shoutout via the crossed palm trees.

• WOMEN (Pro Line, $34): Bright and happy, feelings Sean McVay also hopes to bring to the Coliseum this fall.


MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Fanatics/SotaStick Co.

• LICENSED (Fanatics, $24): Because Vikings fans have a cool battle cry and your fan base doesn’t.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (SotaStick Co., $28): This one is technically called The Minnesota Moon, but it easily could have been Joe Buck’s Nightmare. 

• WOMEN (Nike, $21): It’s not everyday you can pull off a shirt featuring a man with a moustache and braids.


NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Prinstant Replays/Pro Line

• LICENSED (Nike, $35): Come for the cool stripe design; stay for the tiny type below it.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Prinstant Replays, $28): The diagram of the punt block that etched Steve Gleason into NFL lore and loudly announced the return of a region.

• WOMEN (Pro Line, $29): Long live Sir Saint.


NEW YORK GIANTS

Nike/Barstool

• LICENSED (Nike, $31): This logo brings to mind the glory days of Phil McConkey, which is never a bad thing.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Prinstant Replays, $28): Curious whether Giants fans consider this the greatest catch in franchise history, or this one?

• WOMEN (Barstool, $28): Summer might be over, but beach bod Eli is still here.


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

TownieMade/’47

• LICENSED (’47, $34): Gray tri-blend tees are still my weakness, and this one’s as good as it gets.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Veteran Shirtium, $18): An original design for under $20 is a steal, and you’ll have room left in your wardrobe budget for Ginger Jesus.

• WOMEN (TownieMade, $24): Anyone else bothered by the fact that none of the receivers are running a fly route on this design? Just me? Okay, carry on.


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

500 Level/Pro Line

• LICENSED (Pro Line, $29): Rock this quasi-throwback and hope Kyle Shanahan and Co. can get the franchise headed that way again.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (500 Level, $26): Listen, we as a society are overdoing the numbers-as-letters thing—you listening, Je2er?—but I’ll let someone else tell Navorro Bowman.

• WOMEN (’47, $38): My friendly female correspondent says you can sleep in this, wear it to the game, then sleep in it again. Solid plan.


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Ames Bros/Nike

• LICENSED (Nike, $34): Choosing between the blue, the green or the gray must be like what Russell Wilson goes through when he drops back and decides where to throw. Too many good options. 

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Ames Bros, $29): Ex-Seahawk Craig Terrill pointed me in this direction, and I'm glad he did. These shirts, designed by a group who does poster artwork for bands like Pearl Jam, help raise money to fight hunger. 

• WOMEN (’47, $38): The front is simple, but it’s the back that really makes this shirt stand out.


TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Nike/National Fanthem

• LICENSED (Nike, $34): These have been seen all over Hard Knocks, and it might be the first time I’ve enjoyed the new logo more than the old one

• NON-TRADITIONAL (National Fanthem, $21): A winning combination of the old face of the franchise with the new one.

• WOMEN (Junk Food, $33): The vintage vibe on this is damn near perfect.


WASHINGTON REDSKINS

’47/Breaking T

• LICENSED (’47, $34): The muted yellow with the vintage logo is a keeper, but the sad model isn’t exactly raising morale.  

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Breaking T, $24): Enjoy him while you can, Redskins fans. The 2017 season may be the final frontier for Cousins in D.C.

• WOMEN (500 Level, $26): As a matter of fact, I do.


AFC

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Barstool/Nike

• LICENSED (Nike, $31): Black and subtle beats purple and loud all day in my book.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Barstool, $25): Make your voice be heard, and settle the debate once and for all.

• WOMEN (Fanatics, $39): The heathered purple makes this stand out in a good way.


BUFFALO BILLS

Pro Line/Store 716

• LICENSED (Pro Line, $29): I’m not saying the Bills haven’t won since they dropped this logo, but it certainly feels that way.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Store 716, $19): Mount Buffalo will never go out of style. If you want something with more variety, check out these bi-monthly offerings.

• WOMEN (Teespring, $17): Low-cost option to show off team and city pride simultaneously.


CINCINNATI BENGALS

Pro Line/TownieMade

• LICENSED (Pro Line, $29): The NFL doesn’t allow alternate helmets, but if it did, the Bengals should go back to these once a season. Beautiful.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (TownieMade, $24): Just an awesome design for the local rallying cry. Also love the simplicity of Homage’s block Cincy too.

• WOMEN (Etsy, $22): The stadium-address-in-team-color-design is just good T-shirtin’.


CLEVELAND BROWNS

GV Art+Design/Cle Clothing Co.

• LICENSED (Nike, $35): Love this shirt design for all teams, but especially the Browns, particularly for the brown-white-orange tab on the shirt hem.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (GV Art + Design, $28): I mean, if Big Highway started putting brown stripes on orange construction drums, could you blame them?

• WOMEN (Cle Clothing Co., $30): For the ladies who are proud of their Browns ... but maybe not so much where they want to actually name them, ya know?


DENVER BRONCOS

500 Level/Nike

• LICENSED (Nike, $35): John Elway runs the team, and yet they still haven’t returned to the logo of his heyday. A real head-scratcher.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (500 Level, $26): I enjoy the nerdy orange gradient design behind the NFL’s most celebrated nerd. How can one not love Von?

• WOMEN (TownieMade, $24): Pay homage to the past with a design that’s very modern.


HOUSTON TEXANS

Running Game Clothing Co./Fanatics

• LICENSED (Pro Line, $29)​: The trend lately has been to design team apparel that is less loud and more wearable in non-game situations. This is a good example of that.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Running Game Clothing Co., $24): RGC is locally owned by Houston resident Travis Drake, whose immediate family stayed safe during the recent flooding. Other family members and friends weren’t as lucky, so Drake is helping through the sales of these H-Town Strong shirts—a portion of the proceeds will benefit flood victims.

• WOMEN (Fanatics, $27): Because you can never get enough Texas with your Texans gear.


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Pro Line/The Shop

• LICENSED (Pro Line, $29): Eight bits of badass right here.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (The Shop, $25): Ear holes, single bars and a helmet that would never fly into today’s football world, but makes for a great shirt image.

• WOMEN (Fanatics, $29): Not a women’s cut, but my female correspondent couldn’t stop crushing on Emoji Luck. Careful with that shoulder though, Cartoon Andrew.


JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

31 Apparel/Buga Nation

• LICENSED (’47, $38): This conjures up memories of when teal was having a moment back in the early 90s, as the Jags, Sharks and Marlins all adopted it as their color of choice. 

• NON-TRADITIONAL (BUGA Nation, $30): This brand, started by Jags rookie Leonard Fournette’s family, was popular at LSU during his playing days and now looks to take over Jacksonville. 

• WOMEN (31 Apparel, $24): Unique design from a brand with a cool backstory and a unique aim: to help combat bleeding disorders.


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Charlie Hustle/The K.C. Clothing Co.

• LICENSED (Fanatics, $31): Forget Gronk. America’s Tight End is a Chief, and you should celebrate this fact, Kansas City.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Charlie Hustle Clothing Co., $32): Anybody who has tailgated at Arrowhead on game day would have to agree.

• WOMEN (The K.C. Clothing Co., $32): If Chiefs are good this season, this is your gameday shirt. If they’re bad, it’s your city pride shirt. Versatility.


LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Nike/Ebay

• LICENSED (Nike, $34): Advice for Chargers fans: Don’t invest too much in apparel that features a city name, in case this move thing doesn’t work out.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Ebay, $16): The quickly defunct logo—don’t mess with the Dodgers—lives on in the dark corners of the internet. 

• WOMEN (Etsy, $23): Really cool idea for those who are into the non-blatant fan look. 


MIAMI DOLPHINS

Mitchell & Ness/Honked Off Like a Goose

• LICENSED (Mitchell & Ness, $49): If you ever wondered what the uniform would look like if the Dolphins were a 1970s baseball team...

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Honked Off Like a Goose, $20): All aboard! (Wonder if they’ll make one for Cutler, the other, much less predictable Jay Train.)

• WOMEN (Teespring, from $21): Love the subtlety and the potential to wear in support of your favorite Sri Lankan rapper.


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Fanatics/Chowdaheadz

• LICENSED (Fanatics, $34): We’ll get to the Super Bowl brag shirts in a moment. For now, let’s just enjoy Pat Patriot and his two-point stance.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Chowdaheadz, $21): Angry Tom Brady is pretty awesome, but make room in your closet for this SB51 reminder too.

• WOMEN (Pats Propoganda, $27): No shortage of ways to troll Falcons fans and tout title No. 5 of the Belichick/Brady era.


NEW YORK JETS

Streaker Sports/The Loyalist

• LICENSED (Nike, $34): Just because the Jets are going to be bad this season doesn’t mean their fans can’t look good.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Streaker Sports, $32): Times are tough, but the Jets have some history to be proud of and, hey, it could be worse.

• WOMEN (The Loyalist, $29): I like it when a shirt doesn’t beat around the bush and gets straight to the point.


OAKLAND RAIDERS

Beast Mode/Nike

• LICENSED (Nike, $31): Question for designers: Do they teach classes around the Raiders logo? It is perfect. Favorite detail? The unbuckled chin strap.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Beast Mode, $29): Wear it to bed and when the alarm goes off, sit up and say...

• WOMEN (Beast Mode, $34): Who knows how long Marshawn Lynch will be a Raider, so soak it up while you can.


PITTSBURGH STEELERS

’47/Steel City

• LICENSED (’47, $32): New shirt, old message, and something that will spark conversation around the tailgate. 

• NON-TRADITIONAL (Steel City, $29): Never has a complete sentence on a shirt been so appropriate and cool.

• WOMEN (Pittsburgh Clothing Co., $28): Accurate, whether you root for the Steelers, Penguins or Pirates. Well, it’s been awhile for the Buccos.


TENNESSEE TITANS

Junk Good/McEwen Classics

• LICENSED (’47, $32): Looks like the kind of shirt fans were wearing at Adelphia back in ’99. That’s a good thing.

• NON-TRADITIONAL (McEwen Classics, $30): I grew up with the two brothers behind this brand, and they are as Old Nashville as it gets. None of that new, transplant Nashville here.  

• WOMEN (Junk Food, $29): Great color, killer cursive and just the right amount of vintage vibe. 


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