Arizona State is honoring its famous alum, Pat Tillman, and other armed forces members with a special uniform for this Saturday’s home game against Southern Cal.
The school released a short clip with players modeling the unique maroon and gold-colored uniforms and rad helmets.
Tillman, the former college and NFL star, left sports in 2002 to join the US Army. Tragically, Tillman died during a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in 2004.
What’s cool about the team’s uniforms? The style is like the NFL’s Color Rush uniforms, but with special features honoring Tillman. The flash maroon helmet and other parts of the uniform include a shield with PT 42 on it.
Tillman wore the 42 number during his school playing days. It was retired after his death, as did the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, who retired his No. 40.
Arizona State Keeps Honoring Pat Tillman
Over the years, Arizona State’s football team has honored Tillman and veterans. The school and Adidas did something similar in 2017.
For the school’s Nov. 4 home game against Colorado, the team wore special playing duds.
At that time, the Sun Devils had a special edition “Brotherhood” alternate football uniform. The school’s athletics program and the Pat Tillman Foundation also had a hand in designing the uniform. The uniform was part of the school’s campus-wide Salute to Service initiative.
According to CBS Sports, Adidas and the university had a unique practice uniform to honor Tillman in 2015.
Football Woes For Sun Devils?
The team is currently 5-3 but has struggled lately with two straight losses. This weekend, they’ll look good in their uniforms. Fans on social media were happy about the uniforms. However, they did not dig the team’s season.
Recently, the school fired former player and podcast host Jordan Simone after he called for the firing of coach Herm Edwards. Simone was an all-conference safety at the school and played from 2013-2015.
In 2018, Simone became a reporter for the Sun Devil Radio Network.
He recently said the football program was in a “bad” state and was “not what the fans or alumni deserve.”
The comments eventually led to his firing.
Betting Company Teams Up With Pat Tillman Foundation
The company is promoting a custom Veterans Month free-to-play pool. The pool works to honor Tillman and all those who have served. In addition to the pool, DraftKings will offer custom camo hats in its online shop this month. All profits will go to the foundation.
The gambling company’s multi-year relationship with the Tillman Foundation has also helped to expand opportunities for veterans and their families.