Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick and Victor Cruz may dress similarly on any given Sunday in their spandex and helmets, but on their off days these men have a style all their own. That’s what GQ says anyway. The prolific men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine launched “GQ Style Wars” today, a competition for charity that pits 12 of the NFL’s best-dressed stars up against each other to face off thread-for-thread. The winner, who will be chosen by readers, will land $10,000 for the charity of their choice. But the real prize is sartorial pride.
“[P]rofessional athletes have become the white-hot center of the fashion world,” GQ’s publisher and vice president Chris Mitchell said in a press statement. “The NBA created an entire wave of trendsetters and right on their heels is the NFL.”
Besides Newton of the Carolina Panthers, Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers, and Cruz of the New York Giants, the following nine players will also compete for the prize: Eric Decker of the New York Jets, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, Arian Foster of the Houston Texans, Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks, Michael Crabtree of the 49ers, Demarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys, Donte Whitner of the Cleveland Browns, Eric Ebron of the Detroit Lions and Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers.
Conspicuously missing from the list is the NFL’s No. 1 fashion
victim plate Tom Brady. The New England Patriots quarterback (and Ugg endorser) has had several memorable fashion mistakes moments since marrying supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Perhaps GQ’s already forgotten, but Brady’s Kentucky Derby ensemble from May already won everything.
— Jacob S (@dbronx42) September 3, 2014