This year, Veteran’s Day coincides with the 11th week of the college football season. As one would expect, salutes and tributes to the five branches of the military reign supreme everywhere you look in college football this week. Universities around the country are finding different ways to honor fallen soldiers, or those who continue to serve in the armed forces.
On ESPN’s weekly “Football Fashion” segment, they took at what all five will be wearing on the field. For the most part, the academies are taking more subtle avenues to honor those who serve.
Other non-military affiliated programs are taking more overt forms of patronage, and the “Stars and Stripes” will be featured heavily across the landscape this week.
The Army is coming out in its traditional look, but will keep the number 28 off the field to honor a member of the academy that passed away. They will be retiring the number in 2019, the year Brandon Jackson would have graduated from the academy. Air Force’s throwback uni’s will have a patch on the shoulder commemorating their 70-year anniversary.
Meanwhile, the Florida International University Golden Panthers will be sporting their traditional uniforms, with the the design of the American Flag within the lettering of their helmets.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are taking on the Florida Atlantic Owls this week, and they’ll have a similar design on their helmets. The colors of the American Flag are up against a white helmet for a nice look.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are honoring alumni of their university who served in the armed forces this week. In addition a special decal on their helmet, they’ll have the names of members who served running vertically from the top of the cap to the back.
Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at TCF Bank Stadium. Our helmets – and the names on them – will recognize current @UMNews students and graduates who have served. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/IqpU5aaGzu pic.twitter.com/9q4xV8vWwh
— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) November 9, 2017
Louisville will be wearing these special cleats on Military Appreciation Day, as well as a specially designed decal to go against a white helmet.
— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) November 8, 2017
Decal for the helmet pic.twitter.com/ZVPCbZ9gi6
— 🇺🇸 Steve Young (@coachsteve5) November 8, 2017
But Vanderbilt takes the cake this week. If the Kentucky Wildcats have a hard time finding them on the field, it’s because they can’t see them running around out there.
— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) November 8, 2017