Football 101
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20:  Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots smiles during warm ups gainst the Cincinnati Bengals during their preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Does this shirt make my stomach look big?


Ever notice big LINEMEN wearing jerseys that look two sizes too small?  It’s not the team’s laundry manager. There’s a reason for it.


This is a traditional jersey of your favorite team that you might own.

Big sleeves, baggy and fits over anything.

What do you think?

The problem is all of this loose material;
– slows the lineman down
– doesn’t allow the player to stay cool in the heat
– is easy to grab and HOLD.




Defensive and Offensive LINEMEN now wear tight fitting jerseys that have very little surface to grab.

Its function overrides any lack of aesthetic value.

What do you think?

The best area to grab these days as you will see is;
– around the shoulder pad and sleeve
– around the stomach
– around the chest area


Dennis Launarey

Dennis from "Learnin' Football" is the author of “The Best Ladies Guide to Football So Far” and “A European Guide to American Football". Both are interactive workbooks with over 400 images, ongoing questions, chapter quizzes and 20 activities that teach you how to watch and enjoy a typical football game. Straying away from the encyclopedia type sports book, the reader is actively involved in the learning process. Follow him on Twitter @learninfootball and check out his books at

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