Colorblind fans were not able to enjoy NFL’s ‘Color Rush’

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The NFL introduced their “Color Rush” campaign Thursday night, but it came with unintended limitations for colorblind fans, who were not able to tell the difference between Buffalo Bills’ red uniforms and the New York Jets’ green uniforms.

Lawrence Tynes former New York Giants kicker was also affected during the Bills’ 22-17 victory against the Jets.

He said,” If you are colorblind like me this @NFL game is going to be hard to follow.”

The National Eye Institute says, around 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women with Northern European ancestry are color blind in some way. Recent studies suggest about 10 million people in the U.S. suffer from it. The most common is the red-green color blindness.

Some NFL fans watching the game commented on Twitter that Jets and Bills players looked green to them, and the green turf at MetLife Stadium aggravated the view.

This campaign will continue till the end of the season, about four Thursday night games. Each team is allowed to use primary colors of their alternate third uniform, instead of the traditional dark and white jersey.

The Tennessee Titans will wear powder blue and the Jacksonville Jaguars full gold uniforms, in next week’s game.

“The Color Rush jerseys are a test for four games this season, the first of which was last night,” the NFL said in a statement Friday. “We did test the jerseys this summer on field and on television. The standard television test did not account for color blindness for fans at home that became apparent last night. We will enhance our testing to include a color blindness analysis to better address this issue in the future.”

Coach Rex Ryan of the Bills said sometimes he got confused about which team was which.

“When I looked out there — and it’s tough enough, I spent six years [in New York], I ain’t the smartest cat of all time — but I spent six years coaching in green and white, so you kind of get it that way,” Ryan said. “But hell, I look out there and my team’s in red. Blue, I might have had a chance. But I’m like, ‘Who are they? Oh shoot, that’s us.’

“So, it’s different. By the way, the red looks pretty cool. I might go with that instead of the blue one.”

LeSean McCoy said, “looked nice” and “fit well.” But on the field, there were bigger concerns.

“You know what, when 300 pounds are chasing you, you don’t even recognize that,” McCoy said. “All that stuff looks the same, seriously.”

Bill’s Nigel Bradham said, the uniforms “were amazing.”

“I like the red,” Bradham said. “It is something different. But I like the alternate colors, being able to switch it up and stuff like that. Red is my favorite color.”

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