The Navy football team on Tuesday unveiled the alternate uniforms that the Midshipmen will wear for Saturday’s 117th Army-Navy Game in Baltimore. This year’s “Beat Army” uniforms were inspired by the uniforms Navy wore during the 1963 season, when the team finished 9-2 behind quarterback Roger Staubach and lost to Texas in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Navy wore a yellow uniform with blue stripes on the sleeves and the slogan “Drive for Five” on the back for the 1963 Army-Navy game, which was postponed one week following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The slogan referenced Navy’s ultimately successful quest for a fifth consecutive win over Army.
This year’s team, which saw its hopes of getting back to the Cotton Bowl dashed last Saturday in a 34-10 loss to Temple in the American Athletic Conference championship game, is driving for Navy’s 15th straight win over Army in a series that dates back to 1890.
Like Navy’s 1963 uniforms, the ones the Midshipmen will wear Saturday feature a block ‘N’ with four stars on each shoulder. “Beat Army” will appear on the jersey hem and on the gloves, while the helmet will have a blue stripe with stars down the center and anchor decals on the sides.
Navy raised the sartorial bar for Army-Navy Game alternate uniforms last season, when players wore hand-painted helmets featuring one of seven different historic Navy ships, depending on their position. Navy won, 21-17. Army came strong this year and will take the field on Saturday in a sharp look that honors the 82nd Airborne Division.