Navy to make history by wearing 7 different awesome helmets vs. Army today
If you’re watching the Army-Navy game today, good luck trying to pay attention to the actual game.
The Midshipmen will be busting out some big guns in today’s game. Seven of them actually, as in seven different helmets.
Navy will be wearing the different lids in relation to the specific position unit. A tweet from @GameDaySeries claims that it’s the first time in NCAA history that a team will have different helmets based on position. Take a gander:
All seven of Navy's helmets, with each design to be worn by a specific position unit. pic.twitter.com/A5i8Gs8UFH
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 11, 2015
In a release, the team stated that it will be wearing Under Armour-Designed “Navy Fleet” uniforms and hand-painted helmets for the annual game, which will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 3 p.m. ET on CBS. The uniform is inspired by and pays homage to seven of the historic ships that make up the U.S. Naval Fleet. Each ship is detailed on one of seven hand-painted helmets that each player will wear.
Each specific ship corresponds to a set group of player positions, and the school gave its own rationale for each (some good, some not as good).
• Linebacker: Cruiser- Provides anti-air defense and packs the biggest punch of Naval surface ships representative of the linebackers on the Navy football team
• Defensive Back: Destroyer- Known for significant fire power, speed, and anti-missile defense as are Navy’s defensive backs
• Wide Receiver: Submarine- Predominantly utilized as blockers, wide receivers play a key role in driving the Navy rush attack, taking on a stealth-like persona as they blend into the rhythm of the offense but bring significant fire power when called upon, just like a Naval submarine
• Lineman: Amphibious Assault Ships- Just as a lineman’s job is the create a hole for a running back or linebacker, these ships are utilized to establish the “beach head” that enables the invading force to gain access and ultimately accomplish their objective
• Quarterback: Aircraft Carrier- The QB of the Naval Fleet, the aircraft carrier is the ultimate decision maker; the “quick strike” weapon of the Naval fleet
• Running Back: Littoral Combat Ship- Like running backs, these fast and nimble ships can navigate through both crowded shallow and deep waters
• Kicker/Special Teams: Minesweeper- Much like the specific task of the Navy special teams, this small ship has a unique mission of identifying and eliminating mines
The rest of Navy’s uniforms are pretty sweet, too, with “Damn the Torpedoes” on the pant legs.