NFL jerseys made during the draft for NFL draft picks

The secret to the NFL's super-quick jersey making process

4/26/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces offensive tackle Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) as the first overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsWhen they first started customizing jerseys for fans, it used to take several weeks for them to leave the factory. Now, it still takes 2-3 business days for your merchandise to start making its way to you when you or I order a customized jersey off the NFL's website.

If you're a first round draft pick, however, that time frame shrinks considerably. In fact, thanks to NFL apparel sponsor Nike, the jerseys are ready to go in less than 30 seconds, and in time for the players to hold up the jersey and take a picture with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The LA Times has a quick rundown of how it all works, and it's actually a pretty great souvenir for these guys who are taken in the 1st round:

For the second consecutive year, the NFL had a hot jersey press backstage at Radio City, the nameplates of all 23 players in attendance at the draft, and a Nike employee at the ready to produce a newly minted XL jersey.

When Commissioner Roger Goodell was handed the name of the selection backstage, so was the jersey jockey who quickly lined up the last name and pressed it onto the shirt. The speed record Thursday was 30 seconds, from getting the name to having a jersey ready to go -- 30 seconds!

There was time to spare too, because Goodell read the name, then the player got time to celebrate with his family. Then, someone from the NFL staff would walk the hot-off-the-press memento onto the stage.

They also considered giving out jerseys for guys who are drafted later, but scrapped the idea.

Those players will get a hat but no jersey if they elect to come on stage. The league debated whether jerseys should be made for Day 2 players but ultimately decided it might be awkward to distribute jerseys with No. 2 -- or, gasp, No. 3 -- on them.

That's probably a good idea, since it's really just not the same. That having been said, this is a pretty awesome memento for players who get taken in the first round. Frame that puppy and put it up in the man cave, gentlemen.
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