Every week in the NFL is an opportunity for players to make a statement on and off the field. The league lifted uniform rules so teams could have alternate helmets and a variety of colors for their jerseys.
But before the game, player arrivals became full-fledged podiums. This includes players showing up in outfits and accessories meant to turn heads. Some go big like Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson, wearing high-end suits and designer sneakers. While others take a more subtle approach to their game-day fit, like Seattle Seahawks lineman Poona Ford, who — instead of being ambitious — became inspirational by donning a t-shirt with a powerful message.
Here’s the Drip Check for Week 2 of the NFL:
Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry showed up with the swag for Monday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills. He opted for Louis Vuitton from head to toe. Her lightweight shirt and trouser ensemble featured the brand’s signature floral print and a touch of geography. The running back pulled out mountain purple on the kit with his matching Millionaires shades. He crowned her with a purple and black baseball cap that read “Malletier,” a reminder of the fashion house’s origins as a luggage maker.
Micah Parsons is having fun so far this season, taking time to play rock, paper, scissors with fans after the season opener, but showed up at the Dallas Cowboys’ home game against the Cincinnati Bengals ready to do business. His dark double-breasted suit with a grid pattern paired with dark shades and leather Chelsea boots said, “Don’t mess with me.”
Mecole Hardman Jr.
It’s the one you need to watch closely to fully appreciate each layer of greatness. Kansas City Chiefs posted a video of wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. showing off a graphic tee, paying homage to Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce. The gesture towards a teammate is charming. But what’s really awesome is Hardman’s jersey, a tribute to Aaliyah featuring the late pop star in her iconic Tommy Hilfiger bandeau top.
Joe Burrow boarded the team plane for Dallas wearing a burgundy grid pattern jacket with burgundy pants and Jordan 1 Bordeaux sneakers. While the pants are a little wrinkled and regular, the gray and black Louis Vuitton duffel bag reminded haters that he’s still Joey B.
New York Jets defensive lineman Micheal Clemons may be a rookie, but he came into the game against the Cleveland Browns looking like he was grown up. He tucked a dark buttonhole into gray pants with a simple belt. A gray Panama hat and a single gold chain complete the look.
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye turned all purple for his game day form. He chose a lavender jacket without cuffs with matching pants. The Nike SB Purple Lobster sneakers are the icing on the cake. Is it unpleasant? Yes. It’s awesome ? Yes.
Trevor Lawrence was a long time adidas fan. He signed with the sports company in 2021 before being drafted No. 1 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now that he’s making a lot of money, he can show off the Three Stripes collaboration with Gucci. On Sunday, the quarterback opted for a purple and red bowling shirt that featured the logos of both brands in an interlocking pattern. Very stylish.
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Poona Ford took the opportunity to share an important message with fans as he walked into Levi’s Stadium to take on the San Francisco 49ers. His black T-shirt read “Mental Health Is Real” and provided a fake number with a reminder of what’s important in life: 1-800-CHECK-ON-YOUR-DAWGS
If anyone did, Donte Jackson brought the drip. He showed up to the Carolina Panthers game against the New York Giants in a tight-fitting brown suit with white pinstripes. He wore Christian Louboutin sneakers (that’s right, red stockings) and a casual coffee in his hand. The tortoiseshell shades were sleek, and her hair was wrapped in a loose bun that served as a crown fit for a king.
New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney channeled Michael Jackson with his form on game day. He wore a double-breasted jacket with flared pants that swayed as he walked. All he needed was for the floor to light up under each step.
Birthday boy Zamir White showed up at Allegiant Stadium ready for business. The Las Vegas Raiders running back wore a silver Prada bowling shirt with his lightning chain on top, a nod to his nickname, Zeus. Black jeans and a pair of fierce rectangular shades completed the look.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Marquise Goodwin looked over the team’s upset victory on Monday and entered Levi’s Stadium wearing a gray Louis Vuitton tracksuit with checkerboard accents. It’s the popular jacket-shorts combo that sometimes seems awkward (see Ezekiel Elliott), but the nine-year-old veteran pulled it off just fine. The white sunglasses gave it a modern touch and the blue bags gave it a splash of color.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard knows when to let the sneakers rule his game day attire. He chose a pair of black Rick Owens high-top sneakers with the laces wrapped around the ankles. He chose a black leather button-up cargo shirt, a graphic tee underneath, and baggy shorts with long Fear of God-style drawstrings because it all tied together perfectly.
Cam Jordan stole the show. It wasn’t that her outfit was necessarily striking. He wore a simple white jacket that showed off his gold chains with a pair of black shorts. His Fu Manchu mustache was a statement. But before the game, he made sure to show off his family, the ultimate accessory that money can’t buy.