The annual Army-Navy football rivalry game is always a must-watch spectacle to close out the regular season. Ahead of this Saturday's latest matchup between the two, Army just provided yet another reason to tune in.
The Black Knights Twitter account released a video revealing new Nike-made jerseys paying tribute to the 82nd Airborne Division that fought in World War II. The black and dark gray attire includes a 48-star American flag shoulder patch, player name tapes, full-color historical unit patches and an improvised camo base layer, according to Army's website dedicated to explaining the history behind the threads. The helmets also mirror the netted tactical helmets worn by the division during the WWII era.
AIRBORNE! ALL THE WAY!https://t.co/nxhNsSOUB3 pic.twitter.com/OoMJvd0vib— ArmyWestPoint Sports (@GoArmyWestPoint) December 5, 2016
Inspired by World War II 82nd paratroopers, we honor the past by re-telling stories of valor, courage & sacrifice. https://t.co/nxhNsSOUB3 pic.twitter.com/xU1q5vjghO— ArmyWestPoint Sports (@GoArmyWestPoint) December 5, 2016
This isn't the first time this year that a military football program has donned special jerseys commemorating and honoring those who served in WWII. In September, Air Force debuted an alternate "sharktooth jersey" that paid homage to the fighter planes that were used during the era. Going a little further back in American history, Navy opted to give a nod to the Naval 1864 victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay in last year's rivalry game with the Black Knights.
You can check out the latest uniforms to be put in action when Army plays Navy at 3 p.m. ET Saturday in Baltimore.