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With all the anti-Americanism we have been seeing from football players lately, we finally have some positive news from the football scene. Although obviously, it’s not from the NFL!
The NCAA Arizona State University football team is now joining forces with the Pat Tillman Foundation in order to honor veterans and active members of the United States military with a one-of-a-kind alternative “Brotherhood” uniform they will wear for some of their games this season.
The new design was inspired by Tillman, an Arizona State alumnus and former safety for the Arizona Cardinals NFL team.
Tillman retired from his successful football career in 2002 to enlist in the U.S. Army in response to the now almost forgotten 9/11 terror attacks perpetrated by the Religion of Peace.
This selfless hero was killed in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan.
The Sun Devils plan to unveil their alternative uniforms on November 4th during their Colorado Buffaloes game where in order to recognize Tillman’s sacrifice and the sacrifices of thousands of other men and women in our military.
ASU players will be wearing tan uniforms reminiscent of Army uniforms, with a design that also reminds us of the Sun Devils’ jerseys worn back in 1996, the season then late football star helped lead Arizona State to the Rose Bowl.
Arizona State Honors Pat Tillman and Our Nation’s Veterans with Special Edition “Brotherhood” adidas Football Uniforms
Arizona State University and Adidas today unveiled the Sun Devils’ special edition “Brotherhood” alternate football uniforms.
Designed in collaboration with Sun Devil Athletics and the Pat Tillman Foundation, the uniform pays tribute to our nation’s active U.S. military and veterans and will be worn on Saturday, November 4th when ASU takes on Colorado at Sun Devil Stadium.
The game is part of Arizona State University’s campus-wide Salute to Service initiative.
In 2002, Pat Tillman, an Arizona State University alumni and safety for the Arizona Cardinals, proudly put his professional football career on hold to enlist in the U.S. Army with his brother, Kevin.
During his career at ASU, Tillman helped lead the team to the 1997 Rose Bowl after an undefeated season, earned three consecutive selections to the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team, a first team Academic All-American honor, as well as the NCAA’s Post-Graduate Scholarship for academic and athletic excellence.
In April 2004, Pat lost his life while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in eastern Afghanistan.
Inspired by Tillman’s legacy, the special edition “Brotherhood” uniforms are centered around the tan colors of Army fatigues and accented with the Sun Devils’ iconic maroon and gold colors.
Building off the theme of previous uniforms, Adidas designers worked in tandem with ASU to research the typography and sizes of the wordmark and numbers from the Tillman era in order to recreate the look that the 1996-1997 team wore during their Rose Bowl season.
Additional design details include the phrase “Give ‘em Hell,” a line from the ASU fight song which Pat famously uttered to his teammates prior to beating defending National Champion Nebraska 19-0 in 1996.
The phrase is tonally knitted into the side of the jerseys using Primeknit technology and also located inside of neck liner for players to see as they don their jerseys and get ready to take the field.
The nod to the military continues onto the TEHCFIT baselayer. Utilizing an overspray design found on military vehicles, equipment, etc., the PT-42 logo is prominently placed on the chest and left sleeve, while the U.S. flag is featured on the right sleeve.
Further paying homage to Tillman and the U.S. Military, a tan camouflage helmet is highlighted with the word “Brotherhood” on the back of the helmet. Underneath are the names of any ASU player or coach, past or present, who has served or is serving in the U.S. Military. Additionally, the PT-42 badge is highlighted directly above the Arizona State moniker at the crest of the jersey collar.
To complete the theme, an overspray graphic of the PT-42 logo is featured on the inside of the adizero 5-Star cleats and adizero 5-Star gloves.
The adizero cleats are the lightest cleats in the game and adizero gloves feature 4-way stretch mesh for compression fit and GripTack for consistent control in all weather conditions.
The special edition “Brotherhood” alternate uniforms are at the forefront of design and innovation, providing players theperfect blend of style and technology for elite performance.
Made with a cutting-edge, proprietary yarn blend that increases durability and abrasion resistance, Primeknit is the premier compression uniform system, featuring the latest generation of adidas TECHFIT technology. Primeknit helps keep players cool and increases range of motion, giving athletes an unrivaled level of comfort and allowing them to perform at their highest levels.
The jersey’s padlock system secures tension over the shoulder pads, while the bodymap fit adheres to the player, making it difficult for opponents to grab, hold or tackle.
Pat Tillman Bio:
At ASU, Tillman thrived on the field and in the classroom. The linebacker helped his team to achieve an undefeated season and to make to the 1997 Rose Bowl game. He won the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and was selected as the ASU Most Valuable Player of the Year in 1997.
Tillman also earned awards for his performance as a student, winning the Clyde B. Smith Academic Award in 1996 and 1997; the Sporting News Honda Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997; and the 1998 Sun Angel Student Athlete of Year.
Tillman was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1998 National Football League (NFL) draft. Over time, he earned his place as a starting player and set a new team record for the number of tackles in 2000.
Loyal to his team, Tillman turned down a lucrative contract with the St. Louis Rams to stay with the Cardinals in 2001.
When the United States’ invaded Afghanistan, Tillman decided to put his professional career on hold in order to join the U.S. military. “Sports embodied many of the qualities I deem meaningful,” he said in 2002.
“However, these last few years, and especially after recent events, I’ve come to appreciate just how shallow and insignificant my role is . . . It’s no longer important.”
After finishing the 2001 season, he planned on enlisting in the U.S. Army with his younger brother, Kevin. His decision to leave the sport to join the military garnered a lot of media attention; some had a hard time believing that Tillman would give up all of the perks of being a professional athlete in order to fight for his country.
Yet Tillman turned down a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Cardinals enlist. Before starting his military service, Tillman married his high-school girlfriend Marie.
Tillman and his brother went through training to become Army Rangers and were assigned to the second battalion of 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Washington.
Tillman served in several tours of duty, including time in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as a stay in Afghanistan to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom.
On April 22, 2004, Tillman was killed in action while in a canyon in eastern Afghanistan. The first reports indicated that he was shot during a clash with enemy forces during an ambush.
Many questions remained unanswered about Tillman’s death at the time, but a week later this account of his death became recognized as the official story, and General Stanley McChrystal approved for the soldier’s Silver Star nomination.
Pat Tillman was honored in a nationally televised memorial service on May 3, 2004, in which Senator John McCain delivered the eulogy.
This is great news for any of us who enjoy football but have decided to boycott the NFL over its enabling of their spoiled, ungrateful ball tossers they employ.
Even though NFL TV ratings, ballpark attendance, and their merchandise sales continue to sink with each passing week, team owners and the very Commissioner refuse to put a stop to the players’ disrespect of our flag, our nation, and the people who have given their lives for her.
At least now we can happily watch and root for a team who share our values and morals.
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