When Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis and his teammates take the field against Michigan on Saturday, the Wildcats will trade their familiar purple for a set of patriotic uniforms like no other -- stars and stripes across the shoulders and a distressed pattern that to some looks like blood stains on a flag.
They're simply the latest push by companies that supply athletic equipment to schools to honor the military, and the players love it -- especially when they help raise money for soldiers injured in the line of duty.
"I'm proud we get to wear them," Ellis said. "It's just reassuring that we're (supporting) a good cause, so much bigger than just the game. It's about the project, and it's about supporting the troops that go out there and fight for our freedom."
The jerseys, designed by Under Armour, will be auctioned after the game, and the school said all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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