U. of Maryland Unveils Jerseys Adorned With Star-Spangled Banner Lyrics
The University of Maryland football team unveiled a new patriotic look this week, displaying the words of the Star-Spangled Banner on their helmets and jerseys.
The design, by Under Armour, honors the 200th anniversary of the Francis Scott Key poem that would become the National Anthem and pays homage to the 1814 Battle of Baltimore.
The jerseys will be worn in tomorrow's game against West Virginia.
Here's more from The Washington Post:
That is to say the Terps will wear uniforms with the cursive script of Francis Scott Key’s poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which later became our national anthem, emblazoned on its helmets and jersey sleeves. Key composed the poem after watching American troops defend Fort McHenry against the British Royal Navy’s bombardment on the night of Sept. 13, 1814, during the War of 1812.
Maryland’s helmets will feature an outline of the star-shaped Fort McHenry and an image of the flag that flew through the night during the Battle of Baltimore. According to the school release, the 15-star and 15-stripe flag is the only flag in American history in which the blue field is touching a red stripe. The uniforms highlight this detail with red and blue stripes on the helmet, shoulders, pant legs and socks.
Maryland captains will wear red belts as American military captains did during the Battle of Baltimore, and players’ names will be replaced by the word “TRIUMPH” on the back of their jerseys.
The Terps announced the new designs on Instagram and with a YouTube video: