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Reebok is a British sportswear company currently owned by Adidas. Founded in the late 1890s, it has since gone on to become a sportswear giant until Adidas took it over in 2006, but has still maintained its exclusive manufacturing for all National Football League (NFL) goods and Major Baseball League (MBL) shoes out in the United States.
The National Football League is the top American Football organisation in the world. Consisting of 32 teams, its individual franchises span the whole of the United States with talent playing a popular variant of Rugby. The apparel associated with the league is currently made by Reebok in spite of the merger with Adidas.
Just as with NBA jerseys, current NFL jerseys come in three distinct styles. The 'Authentic' is the most expensive, and there's an intermediate 'Premier EQT' before coming down to the cheapest 'Replica' jerseys. The range comes with differing thickness of meshed material and differing logos which are either sewn-on (in the more expensive two) or screen-printed (as with the cheapest one) and all reflect the sort of thing worn by the actual players participating in the sport.
As the jerseys are used on-field with padding underneath, you must bear in mind that the product takes this into consideration and so is loosely-fitting and you must find out exactly how big each size is before you go and buy a jersey (if you're doing it online as the 'S, M, L, XL' don't really give anywhere near enough indication of just how large the top is to be.
This specific jersey is the Powder Blue alternative jersey for the San Diego Chargers franchise and features the Quaterback (Philip) 'Rivers #17' as the player featured on it as a team leader and so amongst the most popular (behind LaDanian Tomlinson).
As a fan of the Chargers, I was keen on owning a jersey of theirs and so when on an online hunt for NFL jerseys. Upon finding a site that I felt could do the job for me, I was disappointed to see that a LaDanaian Tomlison jersey wasn't available, however this feeling didn't last for long when I saw I could easily replace this with a Rivers on in Powder Blue. Choosing this 'alternative' jersey, rather than their white 'Home' or navy blue 'Away' jersey, I saw it to be the best of the ones the Chargers have to offer.
I promptly bought the jersey after having bought an NFL jersey in the past (a Mike Vick Atlanta Falcon's jersey back in 2006) and so expected that the size I picked would be the right one. Once it came I found that I had gone for a size too big, but wasn't too bothered as it didn't seem like a major issue at the time. I found that the jersey was a nice buy and although it may be quite pricey, seems to be a nice pick with its bold blue/yellow/white design standing right out as something which you can't really miss.
You can't really wear this by itself and it needs to be layered over something else (i chose a plain white t-shirt) and there's no going wrong with it. You can wear it for general sporting use for a top that's well-ventilated and you can easily put on and go without having to worry about ironing or anything thing like that. Although I don't wear it any more, it served its purpose and is a nice piece to have.
I found that this, along with all my other jerseys (both NBA and NFL) that it being a 'Replica' meant that washing it heaviest made its print-on lettering and logos crack and then come apart from the vest itself over time and so this is something you need to be weary of if you wish to wear it out and about and especially if you intend on wearing it for a considerable amount of time as I have with this one.
==Where To Buy==
I bought my jersey online a couple of years ago from sportywalrus for £40, and it seems that it is still available for the same price at the same place. Places such as Amazon also stock NFL jerseys every now and again and so if you're not as bothered with the team or player then you should go and have a look over there when shopping around for the best deal.