Most teams bust out their scrub and practice jerseys for their annual spring game. Not the Oregon Ducks, however.
One of the first teams to really go all-out in terms of ultra-modern athletic gear, the Ducks have yet again enlisted the services of Nike to unveil some of the slickest spring uniforms (and uniforms in general) we have seen to date. The threads will honor service men and women of the United States. According to GoDucks.com, the military commemoration was inspired by current coach Bill Bowerman.
Nike’s co-founder and University of Oregon Coach Bill Bowerman’s time in the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army provided inspiration for the white away football uniform design. Bowerman’s division wore an all-white uniform and was trained for mountain terrain and arctic conditions.
The olive home uniform design was inspired by legendary Oregonian Art Miller’s lifetime of military service in the 41st Division of the US Army. Miller played linebacker for the Ducks as a freshman in 1939 before joining the National Guard and being called to active service. Miller served the country for a little more than 29 years and eventually retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was honored in a pregame ceremony along with other former Oregon football players who served in the military prior to the Ducks’ Sept. 18, 2010 game vs. Portland State.
There is an all-white set as well as a “titanium carbon” home set that feature wings on both the helmet and shoulders, as well as the “Support our Troops” chestplate. Obviously, everyone involved is excited about the new look.
“This is a proud moment for University of Oregon Football program and Nike to give back to the community” said Todd Van Horne, Global VP and Creative Director for Nike Football. “We are proud to honor both Art Miller and Bill Bowerman with these new uniform designs in order to honor Oregon’s men and women of service.”
“Words cannot express our gratitude to the men and women who serve our country and this is why we will continue to salute our armed services as part of our Spring Game,” Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said. “Obviously we are extremely fortunate that Nike has chosen to play a major role with their innovative uniforms designed for this special day.”
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