Hawaii Football Honors 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor With Battleship Gray Uniforms

by Quentin Blount
Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The University of Hawaii football team will be honoring the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor this week during the Military Night game against San Diego State.

The Hawaii football team is sponsored by Adidas. So the popular sports brand is responsible for designing the new jerseys. The color of the new uniforms is considered “Battleship Gray.” They will be dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and as a tribute to all of those lost. Not to mention the 1941 Hawaii team that saw its season get cut short.

“Saturday we’ll honor our military with these battleship gray unis,” Hawaii Football tweeted. “By paying respect to the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and our historic team from 1941.”

Details of the New Jerseys

As the “Battleship Gray” color scheme indicates, the new jerseys will feature a grey and black aesthetic. The colors are meant to showcase reverence for all those affected.

“Inspired by the untold story of the 1941 University of Hawai’i football team who went 8-1 during their season,” a statement on the team’s website reads. “As great as their season was, the team showed their true character during the month of December as the team started in on their remaining games against the powerhouses of the west coast, Willamette, and San Jose State in the Shrine Bowl Classic.”

They will also feature stars on the shoulder pads to showcase the true unity during this time in American history.

“The day after the big win over Willamette, the events of Pearl Harbor started. And the college football players ended their weekend enrolled into the armed forces as sentries/watchmen stationed at the nearby high school. With games canceled and their minds on the safety of the islands and the United States, the team showed that they were more than just students and football players. But proud members of the country and would do anything asked of them to protect it.”

“This Strategy Uniform is dedicated to that 1941 team and all those lost in the events at Pearly Harbor 80 years ago.”

Hawaii Football Fans Excited to See New Uniforms in Action

Fans of the Rainbow Warriors are ready to see the players take the field in the new unis. They took to social media to give their thoughts on the Hawaii Football team’s tribute.

“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy,” one fan commented.

“Okay! Packed house, new drip. Saturday is shaping up well!” another person replied.

“Very cool @HawaiiFootball #uniforms,” said a third fan. “Paying respect to the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.”

The game between Hawaii (4-5) and San Diego State (7-1) should be a good one. It will take place on Saturday at 11 p.m. ET at Clarence T.C. Ching Complex.