South Alabama to honor veterans, USS Alabama with new helmet design against Ark. State
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
As South Alabama plays their final home game of the season on Veteran's Day, the Jaguars will debut a new helmet design that sends a nod to all five branches of the military and honors the USS Alabama.
South Alabama will wear a white helmet with an American flag detailed "JAGS" decal with the battleship over the text The front of the helmet will feature ship's front gun turrets along with the ship's nickname "Lucky A." The back of the helmet shows stickers of the American flag and military seals. According to USA Football Equipment, each decal on the Jaguars' helmets have meaning and was a special project for the equipment staff.
The U.S.S. Alabama served in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters during World War II. It was home to a crew of 2,500 Americans. The 45,000-ton battleship culminated with BB-60 leading the American Fleet into Tokyo Bay on September 5, 1945. Nine Battle Stars for meritorious service were awarded the “Mighty A” during her brief three year tenure as the “Heroine of the Pacific," according to Battleship Park's website. The ship has been anchored in Mobile Bay since 1964 and opened as a museum in 1965. It was later designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986 and is a popular Mobile attraction today.
South Alabama's game against Arkansas State kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be streamed live on ESPN3. This will be the Jags' final home game and senior day for 20 South Alabama football seniors.