Ben Volin has the full story:
War metaphors are common in football, but the South Carolina Gamecocks really will look like they are heading to battle this weekend when they host the Florida Gators.
The Gamecocks are wearing camouflage cleats and special black jerseys with camouflage on the shoulders as part of the Wounded Warrior Project, which honors all those who have served or currently serve in the military. Instead of players’ names, the backs of the jerseys will have words like courage, loyalty, integrity and service.
The project is sponsored by Under Armour, and Maryland will also wear camouflage uniforms this weekend against Virginia Tech.
The jerseys, gloves, shoes, etc. will be auctioned off after the game, and proceeds will go the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services and programs for wounded soldiers in Washington, D.C.
The Gamecocks will have three wounded veterans serve as honorary captains this Saturday. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier already had one speak to his team this week – a man named Stephen Diaz who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq and spent 20 months “getting healed and put back together,” Spurrier said.
The Gators likely won’t wear the special uniforms, but Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer have been featured on ESPN all week thanking our nation’s military personnel.
“We’re honored to be able to participate,” said Spurrier, whose school is located 15 miles from from Fort Jackson, the Army’s largest training base. “I think Florida and us both realize this is a way of us honoring our servicemen and women.”
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