Sept. 13, 2011
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nike officially unveiled the design of the uniform the Black Knights will wear in the 2011 Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Dec. 10 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Army will be one of only nine teams in the nation to be outfitted with uniquely designed, highly advanced Nike uniforms for at least one game during the 2011 season.
Each uniform design incorporates a story-telling element that reflects its school's history and heritage.
Tradition. Honor. Army's Team. These are the cornerstones of Army's legacy. And this season, the Black Knights will celebrate that heritage while nodding to the future by lacing up in the distinctively designed and highly- advanced Nike Pro Combat system of dress against archrival Navy on December 10.
Army's new look pays homage to the timeless teams that have produced some of the strongest squads to grace the gridiron. The uniforms draw inspiration directly from the 1944 and 1945 undefeated national championship teams that came during and just after World War II. Gold pants combined with a clean white jersey give the Black Knights a traditional, yet intimidating look to match their on-field style of play.
To display their uniformity, "West Point" overtakes the name plates on the back of the jersey, and coach's mantra "Sing Second," a nod to the tradition of the winning team singing its alma mater last, is also stitched into the collar of the jersey to remind players that to the winner goes the spoils. Sewn into the top of the team's socks is the slogan "This We'll Defend." The game's latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates (41°22'N 74°3'W) with accompanying Morse code location are fitting for a team who is always prepared for battle.
The traditional uniform design also meets technologically advanced innovation in the Nike Pro Combat system of dress. Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding eliminates unnecessary bulk, allowing the Black Knights to hit top speeds without worrying about damage to crucial impact areas. Carbon fiber plates in the baselayer can also be moved to the player's preference to maximize mobility and form a durable armor for when the team engages in on-field combat.
The fully integrated uniform system, which the University of Oregon debuted during the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, incorporates the latest in performance innovation and design from the world's most renowned athletic outfitter. The redesigned base layer facilitates the uniform's overall innovation, delivering the ultimate in breathable protection for maximum speed. Strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones also help minimize distraction and optimize protection.
Oregon, LSU, Georgia and Boise State were the first four teams to wear the special uniforms during their opening-weekend contests. In addition to the Army-Navy Game, dates include Michigan State vs. Michigan (Oct. 15) and LSU vs. Auburn (Nov. 15) .