When it comes to collegiate sports, there is not anything that’s quite as patriotic as when Navy, Air Force, and Army line up to do battle between the white lines.
And on Monday, news broke that Navy football has officially revealed the team’s new uniforms. They will begin wearing a special jersey and pants combination that looks very similar to a traditional Marine Corps “Dress Blue A” uniform. According to Navy Athletics and Under Armor, the new uniform and matching merchandise collection was developed as a means to celebrate our beloved United States Marines.
You will recognize the sayings on the team’s helmets or at least fellow Marines will. They will read “Oorah” and “Semper Fi.” In addition, on the top of the helmet appears the Quatrefoil — the cross-shaped braid which appears above the Marine officer barracks cover. Meanwhile, the team’s new pants will feature the same “Dress Blue” design. And they, too, will sport the iconic red stripe that runs down the side of the leg in honor of Marines who have died or been injured in battle.
You may be wondering when you can expect to see the team’s new look. Well, Navy athletics stated that the players will wear their new uniforms this season on September 11. That’s right — Navy football will make its debut against Air Force on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Take a look at the official reveals video down below:
Navy Football the First College Team to Pay Tribute to the Marine Corps
The few. The proud. The Marines.
This is a saying you have likely heard at one point or another in your life. It is one of the many phrases we hear when it comes to the military branch. And it’s one that we will likely hear again come the afternoon of September 11. That will be when the Navy Midshipmen take on the Air Force Falcons.
Navy athletics say that this is the first time any college football team has celebrated the United States Marine Corps. And it is most certainly a fitting and authentic tribute.
“Inspired by the iconic ‘Dress Blue A’ uniform, the 2021 USMC uniform shares symbolic elements from both enlisted and officer regalia,” the Go Navy Sports website reads. “It draws parallels with white gloves, black cleats, red trim, and royal blue pants. The actual ensemble worn by a Marine is the only uniform within the U.S. Military designated to include this red, white, and blue color scheme.”
Meanwhile, Midshipmen who are interested in possibly joining the Marines have a chance to do so. Navy offers programs that provide exposure to the Marine Corps. And during a player’s junior year, he has the chance to take part in “Marine Week.”