When Army and Navy meet for their annual football game on December 12 — a matchup that dates back to 1930 — the Midshipmen hit the field in some truly awesome helmets.
Yesterday, Navy unveiled seven different helmet designs, one for each position, that feature the different ships of the naval fleet. That on its own is pretty great, not to mention game-changing. I mean, helmets are supposed to have a team’s logo, right? But as if that weren’t enough, these helmets are also hand painted. So not only are they special, they’re beautiful, too.
Here’s a look at all the designs, along with what position will wear it, what ship is on it, and the job the ship has (pulled from the Navy website):
Quarterback: Aircraft Carrier
The QB of the Naval Fleet, the aircraft carrier is the ultimate decision maker; the "quick strike" weapon of the Naval fleet.
Wide Receiver: Submarine
Predominantly utilized as blockers, wide receivers play a key role in driving the Navy rush attack, taking on a stealth-like persona as they blend into the rhythm of the offense but bring significant fire power when called upon, just like a Naval submarine.
Running Back: Littoral Combat Ship
Like running backs, these fast and nimble ships can navigate through both crowded shallow and deep waters.
Lineman: Amphibious Assault Ships
Just as a lineman's job is the create a hole for a running back or linebacker, these ships are utilized to establish the "beach head" that enables the invading force to gain access and ultimately accomplish their objective.
Provides anti-air defense and packs the biggest punch of Naval surface ships representative of the linebackers on the Navy football team.
Defensive Back: Destroyer
Known for significant fire power, speed, and anti-missile defense as are Navy's defensive backs.
Kicker/Special Teams: Minesweeper
Much like the specific task of the Navy special teams, this small ship has a unique mission of identifying and eliminating mines.