Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson is all about working it on the football field, but he’s definitely got moves off the field too. Deemed the “Best Dressed” player by his Texans teammates, Jackson has taken the title and run with it, launching Fly Guy, a small collection of sporty T-shirts and caps.
"Everybody has their own sense of fashion. You can express yourself through fashion."
Fly Guy gives Jackson the opportunity to combine many things he loves including fashion, football and fans. He worked with New Era and Magestic Threads during the off-season on the shirts and caps, and is releasing one style of shirt and hat each month during football season.
Jackson’s focus is on football, but the foray into apparel design gives him something to consider somewhere down the road. He’s low-key about Fly Guy, but clearly believes in the personal power of fashion.
“I’ve always been into fashion and believe in dressing how you feel,” Jackson said. “Everybody has their own sense of fashion. You can express yourself through fashion.”
In Jackson’s case, it’s the shoes that make the outfit, so he starts from the ground up when pulling together a look. He admits to basketball shorts and T-shirts when he’s in football mode, but the rest of the time, Jackson is living up to his Fly Guy reputation.
Suits from LA
His suits come from Alba Legacy in Los Angeles and he favors online shopping sites like Mr. Porter, Farfetch and Hudson in lieu of brick-and-mortar stores. Fortunately, Jackson is average height and lithe, so he appreciates the ability to buy off-the-rack without many alterations.
“It means a lot to me to be best dressed on the team. It’s definitely an honor,” Jackson said.
Jackson is humble about his stylish reputation and is clearly flattered by the attention. “It means a lot to me to be best dressed on the team. It’s definitely an honor,” he said.
Jackson isn’t sure exactly where Fly Guy will land next, but considering his love for shoes, we wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere down the line he expands to footwear. For now, this former Crimson Tide player is only thinking about his Sunday job.
“I’m concentrating on football right now and Fly Guy is a great opportunity to connect with fans,” Jackson said.