Packers WR James Jones' hoodie was legal, Mike Pereira says

MINNEAPOLIS -- Fear the hoodie.

It already has its own Twitter account, unofficial as it is at this point.

Given that Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones caught six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings, all while wearing a green, hooded sweatshirt under his white No. 89 jersey, perhaps it will become a trend.

"We might get some dudes playing in it now," Jones said. "That would be sweet."

However, it didn't start as a fashion statement. Jones wears a hoodie to practice every day in Green Bay to stay warm. He went out on the field at TCF Bank Stadium with his hoodie on for pregame warmups and decided not to change before the game.

"I was warm," said Jones, who said he had never before worn a sweatshirt in a game. "I practice in it every day, as you guys know who are at practice. I was like, practice how you play. It was team-issued colors, so I felt kind of swagged up out there with it. So I'm like, let me go out there and play with it. I was just hoping nobody would grab me from the back because they might treat it like dreads. It kept me warm."

It was perfectly legal, according to the former NFL head of officials Mike Pereira.

For the record, Jones said it's a short-sleeved hoodie.

It might be hard to get Jones to play without it now. Before Sunday, he had not caught more than two passes in a game since Week 4, and he was shut out in the previous week's loss to the Detroit Lions.

But that doesn't mean his teammates will follow suit.

"We were all kind of joking with him before the game," Packers receiver Jeff Janis said. "And he said, 'No, I'm wearing that hoodie.' It worked out for him."