The Navy football team will wear Under Armour mascot-inspired uniforms for the 2018 Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. at 3:00 p.m. on CBS.
The Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen have a deep-rooted rivalry that goes back more than 100 years. Each year, this epic college football competition comes to a head in a match-up that draws in college fans from across the country. For the 2018 game, Navy will take on Army in a uniform that honors the rivalry and draws on an emblem of the school’s pride – Bill the Goat.
The Navy Goat mascot came to be in 1893 when officers from the USS New York, a United States Naval transport ship, gifted a goat named El Cid to the Naval Academy. The Naval Academy appointed this goat the honorary mascot for the fourth-ever Army-Navy game, in which Navy beat Army in a momentous victory. To commemorate the win, the goat was appointed team mascot and became a valued symbol of the Navy football program.
Sixty years later, the goat made headlines after a group of cadets from the United States Military Academy kidnapped it ahead of the 1953 Army-Navy game. The media storm that ensued prompted then President Dwight D. Eisenhower to order the goat’s return back to the Midshipmen. Since this historic kidnapping, Navy has protected their goat diligently and with great pride, keeping close watch for weeks leading up to the game vs. Army each year.
The Navy Goat uniform tells the mascot and academy story through an assortment of distinct design details. The sleeves of the jersey are navy blue in color and feature two stripes on the outside with the Navy logo in the center. This color-blocking look was inspired directly from the trim of the blanket popularly worn by Billy the Goat. In addition, the goat is depicted on the sides of the helmet, charging forward and wrapped in its blanket.
To match the jersey, the pants were designed in the same shade of navy blue with a stripe down the panel of the pants that features six breaks. This same design is also echoed on the helmet, which is a nod to the school’s history since the United States Navy was founded by Congress with six frigates.