It may not have national title implications, but Army-Navy is one of the nation’s great football rivalries, and this year, as with the last few, Nike is supplementing each school with special edition uniforms designed to honor the rich heritage of each service academy. First up, the new Army football uniforms.
As the away team — though the game is at a neutral field — Army will don a white-and-grey uniform that honors the legacy of General Winfield Scott, nicknamed “Old Fuss and Feathers” due to his commitment to formal military dress. Scott was the longest-tenured general in the history of the US Military, and is especially known for leading his company of soldiers to a victory over the British in battle in the War of 1812, the first US victory on open ground.
As an homage to General Scott, Army will wear the same color of grey that he wore on that summer day in 1814 on its redesigned base layer and uniform pants. The base layer, meanwhile, embraces elements of the West Point crest — on one sleeve olive branches, representative of peace; on the other, oak leaves, conveying strength.
In addition to a new look, Army’s uniform also incorporates the apex of Nike’s performance technology, including a thermo-regulated base layer, Dri-FIT Max twill construction and the like. The team will also wear Nike Alpha Pro Cleats and Vapor Jet 2.0 Shield gloves.
Check out everything below, and check out the new Navy football uniforms here, featuring similarly historical inspiration.