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Badass Army Uniforms for Army-Navy Game Honor WWII 82nd Airborne Division
The Army Black Knights haven’t beat the Navy Midshipmen in 14 years, and they probably won’t beat them this Saturday. However, they have won the battle for uniform supremacy.
The annual Army-Navy game is one of the best, oldest rivalry games in college football. This year will mark the 117th meeting between the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy, who first squared off on the gridiron back in 1890.
That kind of history and tradition calls for custom uniforms, and in recent years the programs have worked with their respective apparel sponsors to come up with some pretty great ones. However, the uniform Army will wear on Saturday takes the cake.
“This uniform was inspired by the World War II paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division,” reads the official press release from Army and Nike. “We honor the past by re-telling stories of valor, courage, and sacrifice. Inspired, humbled, and motivated by the soldiers that came before us, we don their patches, adopt their mottos, and hold their deeds close to our hearts.”
The uniforms feature regimental patches, an oversized American flag patch, and an “AA” patch as a tribute to the 82nd Airborne’s. Meanwhile, the helmets’ painted design mimics the netting worn over paratrooper helmets.
Take a look:
The Navy uniforms? They’re pretty sharp, too.
— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) December 6, 2016