When the Black Knights of West Point take the field against Navy Saturday, they’ll do it in a brand new Army uniform that pays tribute to 1944 — the year the football team went undefeated en route to a national championship and the Army troops won an historic victory in the Battle of the Bulge.
Most notably, the new Army uniform features a map of the Ardennes region — the European region where the battle took place — appearing in the numbers, letters, helmet-stripe, base layer and gloves.
Topping off one of the best uniforms we’ve ever seen, at least in terms of storytelling, is the newly-revamped helmet. Donning a deep gold tone and black spade on the side, the new lid pays tribute to the 101st Airborne Division, who played a crucial role in the Allies’ successful counteroffensive at Ardennes.
Check out Navy’s new uniform here and look for the new gear to debut Saturday, in the deciding game of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
Also, Nike has released a bunch of new gear to support the new uniform, including the jersey, t-shirts, hats and the like. You can buy most of it here.