The Arizona State Sun Devils may not be having a great season on the field, they're only 4-3 and fighting for a chance to play in a bowl later this season, but, thanks to sports apparel company adidas, the team at least looks like a bunch of complete badasses. That's because adidas unveiled some custom-made threads for the Sun Devils that are incredibly awesome.
Named the "Brotherhood" uniforms, these Arizona State football uniforms are more than just a beige and maroon color that just looks cool upon staring at it. No, these unis have so much more meaning, as they were made to pay tribute to every player and/or coach who served in the U.S. Military, most notably, Pat Tillman, a former ASU safety who was famously killed in 2004 while deployed in Afghanistan. Tillman left his post as the starting safety for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals to help protect his country in 2001.
In a statement from adidas, here's how they described the entire initiative for the "Brotherhood" unis:
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."
And, after just one look at them, it's easy to see the resemblance between Army fatigues and the core colors of Arizona State. But the uniforms themselves aren't the only thing that looks cool, because that helmet has some crazy uniqueness, too!
Collaborating on the design with the Pat Tillman Foundation, the uniforms' helmets resemble a camouflage one that would be worn by soldiers. And, with the names of all the players and coaches from the school that have served in the military, it's a nice little added touch.
The uniforms will be worn during the November 4 home contest versus Colorado, and is part of the university-wide "Salute to Service" initiative. Kudos to both the Sun Devils and adidas for wearing these — especially given the current mood around the country with NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, which is just one of many other silent protests going on in sports.
Lead image via adidas.