The Arizona State football team is partnering with the Pat Tillman Foundation to honor veterans and active members of the U.S. military with a one-of-a-kind “Brotherhood” uniform.
The Sun Devils plan to unveil the uniforms on Nov. 4, during their game against the Colorado Buffaloes, according to an Adidas press release. The design was inspired by Tillman, an Arizona State alumnus and former safety for the Arizona Cardinals.
In 2002, Tillman set aside his successful football career to enlist in the U.S. Army in response to the horrific 9/11 terror attacks. He was killed in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan.
To recognize Tillman’s sacrifice and the sacrifices of thousands of other men and women, Arizona State’s players will wear tan uniforms inspired by Army fatigues with a design reminiscent of the Sun Devils’ jerseys in 1996, the season the late football star helped lead Arizona State to the Rose Bowl.
The alternative uniforms will debut during the school’s “Salute to Service” initiative.
It’s the helmets, though, that are particularly noteworthy. On the back of each player’s helmet will be the names of the Arizona State athletes and coaches who have served in the U.S. armed forces:
Arizona State will honor Pat Tillman Nov. 4 vs. Colorado. Back of camouflage helmet lists all ASU player/coach who served in U.S. Military pic.twitter.com/pUorumcqtc
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 23, 2017
While the NFL is embroiled in a seemingly unending fight over protests during the national anthem, it looks like the Sun Devils will be commemorating the people for whom we should all stand.
Here’s to you, ASU.