Terps unveil new football uniform that honors 'Star-Spangled' anniversary

Baltimore Sun Media Group

Through its partnership with Under Armour, Maryland’s football team has sported different, unique and creative uniforms during the past several years.

On Saturday, the Terps will wear something new, a mostly white uniform with gold helmets intended to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Saturday will mark 200 years to the day that soldiers successfully defended Fort McHenry during the historical Battle of Baltimore amid the War of 1812.

The effort inspired Francis Scott Key to compose what became known as "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Words to the song can be seen on both shoulders of the new uniform as well as on the helmets.

In addition, the logo on the helmets and pants feature an outline of Fort McHenry as well as an image of the famous flag that flew through the night of the battle.

Team captains will also don red belts, just as American military captains did during the battle. And instead of players having their last names on the back of the jerseys, the last names will be replaced with the word “triumph." The phrase “conquer we must” will is displayed on the baselayer.

Maryland unveiled the new uniforms Tuesday, the same day it announced a 10-year partnership extension with Under Armour that will keep the Tide Point-based apparel company as the official outfitter of the Terps’ varsity sports through at least the 2023-24 school year.

“Just take a look at the uniform, take a look at the apparel that they have. They are always trying to outfit the athletes with better things to help them perform at a higher level," Maryland football coach Randy Edsall said of Under Armour. "Also, from the standpoint that their headquarters are located right here in Baltimore and that Kevin Plank is a Maryland football player really makes it special. To have them being a partner with us and helping us with our branding and with the things that we want to do to market and to develop our program, it's just very, very special to be a part of the Under Armour family and to have that partnership with them.”

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