Even when neither team factors significantly into the BCS picture, the Army-Navy game is one of college football’s great rivalries, all things considered. And to help celebrate the 114th instance of the meeting, Nike has put together special uniforms for each team. We’ve already covered Army, and now we take a look at the new Navy football uniforms.
As the Army uniform was inspired General Winfield Scott, the Navy uniform is also an homage to a historical figure from its respective branch of the military, in this case Captain James Lawrence and his dying dictum: “Don’t give up the ship.” That command succinctly embodies Navy’s never-say-die mentality and even adorned a flag that Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry flew during the Battle of Lake Erie, one of the decisive naval battles of the War of 1812. That flag is now on display at the US Naval Academy.
And now the phrase appears on Navy’s base layer, a reminder of the branch’s history and refusal to surrender. The base layer ties in with the rest of the uniform as well, perfectly marrying the navy jersey to the white pants, an aesthetic inspired by Navy’s formal dress uniform. Finally, the white helmet with thick gold striping represents the naval officer’s cover and traditional gold braid.