The Eastern Michigan Eagles’ football team will be debuting three eye-catching alternate uniforms this season, and all three of them will be interesting to say the least.
The first uniform that the Eagles will be wearing is arguably one of the most unique in college football. I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of a team wearing a uniform that’s based on what a cross-country runner would wear, but here it is:
Here’s the reasoning behind this alternate:
As part of the ‘Tribute To a Legacy’ celebration scheduled to take place when EMU hosts Old Dominion, Sept. 5, the Eagles will debut their first of three new uniform styles. Made to honor the legacy of Hall of Fame cross country and track and field coach Bob Parks, the EMU football squad will sport green and gold uniforms symbolizing the cross country and track & field programs at Eastern. A green jersey with yellow down the sides and white piping running from the shoulder to the neck is paired with gold pants. In addition to being displayed on the front and back of the jersey, the jersey number is also on either shoulder. Keeping with the tribute to the track team, the numbers are written in a stopwatch-style script. Eastern is written across the chest above the number on the front, while Michigan is written below the number. The yellow pants, made to resemble the shorts worn by track & field athletes, showcase the jersey number on the left thigh. Complementing the tributary jersey is a green helmet denoting the jersey number on the left side and block ‘E’ with wings on the right.
Again, this is definitely going to be one of the most unique and interesting alternate uniforms in college football, and that’s saying something considering that this is college football.
The next two alts are more garden-variety designs, although they’re still very much unique designs as well. The team will debut a player-designed (or at least designed by the Seniors on the squad) uniform that they’ll be wearing for road games this season.
With diamond-plate numbers, a metallic finish on the outline of said-numbers, and metallic wings on the shoulders, you can’t help but think that this is probably what Oregon would look like had adidas gotten their hands on them. Still, I’m sure that the players are probably ridiculously excited to be able to say that they’re wearing something that they had significant input in designing.
Finally, the team will pay tribute to the U.S. Military by donning the Stars and Stripes on their shoulders for their home game on September 26th against Army.
The hero style jerseys will be auctioned off following the game, with all proceeds benefiting Washtenaw 100, which is a 40-year old organization of area business and government leaders whose mission is to support the families of active police officers and fire fighters who serve within Washtenaw County
So there you have it: Three interesting alt uniforms for the Eagles from Ypsilanti. What do you guys think? That cross-country uniform sure is wild, right?