The NY Jets have officially announced that the classic "Legacy" jerseys the team introduced in 2023 are here to stay. But instead of saving the announcement for a quiet time in the NFL news cycle, they made the announcement at the funniest possible time.
Mere seconds after former Jets wide receiver Mecole Hardman hauled in the game-winning touchdown in overtime in one of the most exciting Super Bowls in recent NFL memory, the Jets, via owner Woody Johnson, posted their jersey announcement on social media.
That's right — as the entire NFL world was still emotionally recovering from one of the most important touchdowns in league history, the Jets thought it would be a good time to do their jersey reveal.
To make matters worse, Hardman's touchdown catch prompted many fans watching to clown the Jets for letting him go earlier in the season. Some even took the Jets' jersey announcement as a form of distraction.
The NY Jets are making their 'Legacy' jerseys permanent in 2024
The Jets officially revealed these "Legacy" jerseys last summer to a wave of support and excitement. Fans and players praised the clean look of the throwback uniform set that was a modernized take on the team's Sack Exchange jerseys worn in the 1980s.
The Jets worse the jerseys two times last season and, unfortunately, many fans will associate them with one ill-fated moment that occurred in Week 1. Yes, these are the jerseys Aaron Rodgers and the Jets were wearing when that moment happened.
The team did go on to win that Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills before wearing the jerseys again in a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4. Despite Zach Wilson's best efforts, the Jets fell short against the eventual Super Bowl champions.
The Jets will hope to create new memories in these jerseys moving forward. Johnson also announced the introduction of planned green and black versions of the jerseys for next season.
This is the second time the Jets have changed their base uniform set in the last five years, as the team only introduced their current set in 2019. Five years is the minimum time an NFL team must wait before changing jerseys again, and evidently, Woody Johnson didn't want to wait any longer.
Here's to hoping these new jerseys usher in a new era of Jets football — one that will hopefully produce more positive memories.