When it comes to football rivalries, none are as steeped in American history as Army versus Navy. In honor of the team’s 2013 meeting, Nike Football designed uniforms highlighting each academy’s rich heritage and drawing inspiration from key historical figures within each respective military branch.
NIKE FOOTBALL NAVY UNIFORM
Navy’s uniform design pays tribute to the dying command of Captain James Lawrence: “Don’t Give Up the Ship.” Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry flew a flag emblazoned with the statement during the decisive Battle of Lake Erie, one of the biggest naval battles of the War of 1812. Perry’s charge engrained a never-say-die attitude in the U.S. Navy and the sentiment remains to this day. Mimicking the burlap fabric of the “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flag on display at the Naval Academy, Navy’s baselayer serves as poignant reminder of action-based tradition. The baselayer top also acts as the root for the uniform, which matches a navy jersey to white pants – in step with the Navy’s dress uniform. A Naval officer’s cover serves as inspiration for the helmet design with a thick gold stripe representing the traditional gold braid.
Both the Army and Navy Nike Pro Combat uniforms work as unique systems built from the inside out, as the athlete’s baselayer works in concert with his jersey and pants. The Nike Hyperwarm Shield Max Mock provides athletes with a streamlined, thermo-regulated baselayer that doesn’t sacrifice warmth. This piece features lightweight panels to reduce bulk as well as side mesh gussets allowing for a full range of motion and extra breathability. Nike Dri-Fit Max twill accelerates the pull of moisture from the skin, keeping the body dry and helping to eliminate chill. Nike Shield Technology provides additional water repellency on the arms to prevent outside moisture from contacting the skin.
Both teams will wear the Nike Alpha Pro Cleats and Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Shield Gloves. Made using seamless Nike Hyperfuse construction on the back of the hand for wind and water-resistance, the Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Shield Glove is equipped with a fleece lining on back of hand for extra warmth. The palm features Nike Magnigrip material to catch in any condition. With a 3/4 length Phylon wedge at the midsole, the Nike Alpha Pro Cleat promotes forefoot control through low profile cushioning. The bladed cleat base provides 360-degree traction for precise cuts on all surfaces.
The 114th meeting between Army and Navy takes place on December 14 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA.
Eye On Annapolis will be on the field reporting live.