The Mississippi State football team will be breaking out some incredible alternate uniforms when they take the field at Scott Field on Saturday, November 17 for Senior Day. The Bulldogs will be wearing a special “Statesman” alternate uni against the Arkansas Razorbacks which will honor Mississippi State alum and World War II hero Sonny Montgomery.
The uniforms are inspired by the C17 plane which was named in “The Spirit of Sonny Montgomery.”
The uniform is all-grey, with black numbers, and silver and maroon accents. The painting on the helmets closely resembles the writing on the wings of the C17 while also showcasing various military medals across the back.
Check out the incredible video which Mississippi State used to unveil the uniforms below.
And here are various angles of the uniform, including an up-close look at the incredible helmets the Bulldogs will be wearing.
Introducing the adidas Primeknit A1 “Statesman” uniform.
Inspired by the Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III, the Spirit of G.V. ‘Sonny’ Montgomery.
— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) October 29, 2018
Broadcast plans and a kickoff time for the Saturday, November 17 clash between No. 21 Mississippi State and the Razorbacks at Davis Wade Stadium has not yet been set.
Who Is Sonny Montgomery?
Montgomery graduated from Mississippi State in 1943 and served in the United States during World War II as a second lieutenant. When Montgomery retired, he held the rank of Major General. In World War II, Montgomery was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, Legion of Merit and Combat Infantry Badge.
After his military career, Montgomery was elected to the Mississippi State Senate. He served in the legislature for 10 years before moving on to the U.S. Congress where he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years and was an advocate for veterans issues and strong national defense. It was Montgomery who enacted a GI Bill that gave members of the military funds to pay for college.
In November 2005, Montgomery was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President George W. Bush.