Army Football Uniforms Will Honor Soldiers Of The 82nd Airborne [VIDEO]

Ford Springer | Contributor

The Army football team will be wearing jerseys inspired by the World War II 82nd Airborne paratroopers in their annual matchup against Navy on Saturday.

The uniforms, designed by Nike, are meant to replicate WWII era paratrooper jump suits. The 82nd Airborne Division, which led the invasion in Normandy, initially consisted of soldiers from all 48 states giving them their “All American” nickname. The jerseys are meant to honor their “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,” Army’s “Beat Navy Uniform” website states.

“Highly trained and highly disciplined, the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne were asked to spearhead the invasions of Italy, Normandy, and Holland. With little to no reinforcements or relief in the most adverse conditions, their physical and mental toughness was pushed to the limits. Their unwavering brotherhood and intense dedication to success, ultimately led to mission accomplishment.”

“The black and muted gray tones express the fact that some of the most treacherous combat jumps happened at night, under the cover of darkness. The helmet design highlights the netting and hand-painted camouflage shapes that help disrupt the form, along with showcasing an array of authentic, era-specific tactical symbols. Army West Point branding completes the Long Gray Line that connects the current Corps of Cadets to their brothers in arms.”

It looks like the Black Knights are prepared to go to battle with the Midshipman in the 117th annual Army-Navy showdown on Saturday.

Ford Springer

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