In true Army fashion, the football team’s newly unveiled uniforms for the Navy game will honor the World War II paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division.
For Saturday’s ultimate rivalry game, Army’s Nike uniforms were inspired by the actual paratrooper jumpsuits, which include a division patch, a 48-star American flag on the shoulder, player name tapes and full-color historical unit patches.
On the opposite shoulder, there will be an “AA” patch as a nod to the original members of the division who earned the “All-Americans” nickname, having represented each of the then-48 states. The uniforms also include an "All-American" patch on the front.
Members of the 82nd Airborne led the invasions of Italy, Normandy and Holland with little to no reinforcements.
"Our team is extremely inspired and humbled to be wearing a uniform that represents the 82nd Airborne," coach Jeff Monken said in a statement. "We always talk about the brotherhood and those who have come before us. I don't believe there is a better way to honor those soldiers of valor, courage and sacrifice, than to wear their patches and adopt their mottos for the greatest rivalry in sports."
Army (6-5) will take on No. 25 Navy (9-3) on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore at 3 p.m.
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