Being able to tell which team is which during a football game is easy, right?
Well, some red-green colorblind NFL fans had a difficult time Thursday night distinguishing the New York Jets’ green “Color Rush” uniforms from the Buffalo Bills’ all-red ensemble.
Eight percent of men and 0.5 percent of women worldwide suffer from some type of colorblindness, according to the National Eye Institute, via ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert. The red-green distinction apparently brings the most difficulty.
If you’re wondering what the game looked like to people with red-green colorblindness, Deadspin has you covered.
Former NFL kicker Lawrence Tynes suffers from colorblindness and noted the challenge he faced in watching the game.
Even some members of the media expressed their frustrations.
The NFL released a statement about the jerseys, via ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
So far, some NFL fans aren’t fond of the “Color Rush” jerseys, but the players who wear them sound like they are.
Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham likes the jersey switch-up.
“I like the red,” Bradham told Seifert. “It is something different. But I like the alternate colors, being able to switch it up and stuff like that.”
The NFL is continuing its “Color Rush” theme for three more Thursday night games: Nov. 19, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17. Let’s hope the colorblind issues are put to rest by then.
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Thumbnail photo via New York Jets running back Chris Ivory getting tackled by Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby.