NFL FASHION POLICE HELPING KEEP UNIFORMS UNIFORM: The NFL wants its players to look good, and its up to men like Raymond Clayborn to make it so:
The HOUSTON CHRONICLE dresses down the the league’s clothing policy with Clayborn, a former DB who makes sure the Texans look A-OK come game time.
Clayborn arrives at Reliant Stadium at 10 a.m. on Sundays to give Houston their first fashion tips, such as if pants are too high or socks are too low. Raymond inspects the troops again about 30-45 minutes before kickoff, when the players are in full battle gear.
And Clayborn checks yet again in the 1st and 3rd quarters, to see which players have followed instructions, and which should be expecting a fine.
Tiny uniform errors can lead to big headaches for the guilty parties. The Texans’ Dunta Robinson already had $5,000 taken from his paycheck this season for a uniform faux pas. And he’s none too pleased about it:
“I guess if they’re going to pay a guy a million dollars, they’ve got to find a way to get $5,000 or $10,000 back from him. So my socks were too low? Who complains about petty stuff like that? Even my mama wouldn’t complain about my socks being too high or too low.”
Problem is, Mama isn’t paying Dunta’s salary. In addition to safety precautions, the league follows a strict dress code in order to keep football equipment companies pleased with the way their wares are presented.
Reebok and Under Armour sure wouldn’t want to see their shoes untied or shirts torn up, all while under the eye of a national TV audience.
We must protect this house - from unbuckled chin straps! We’re looking at you, Mr. Brady.