Northwestern Football to Honor Military

Charles EadieNorthwestern University’s football team will be honoring the military in their next game on November 16th according to ESPN. Instead of wearing their normally purple colored jersey they will be wearing special red, white, and blue uniforms. The uniforms were made by Under Armour and the effort by the University will help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, “a nonprofit organization whose goal is to empower service members wounded in battle.”

Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald consulted Under Armour to make sure the uniforms were distinctly colored from head to toe. He wanted to ensure that the red, white and blue matched throughout the jersey to have the best impact possible.

There was a bit of an outcry based on how the uniforms were being perceived. People felt that the pattern on the uniforms resembled blood on the American flag. Under Armour released a statement saying that the look of the flag has a distressed pattern to emulate a flag that has flown proudly over a long period of time and that a bloodied flag was never the intention.

Players will not have their names on the back of the jersey and instead will have “one of the following words: duty, honor, courage, commitment, integrity, country or service.”

After the game, the jerseys worn will be auctioned off and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.