Iowa is paying tribute to Veterans by wearing alternative helmets for Saturday’s game against Northwestern. Per Hawkeye Football:
We will salute all Veterans and pay a special tribute to the memory of Nile Kinnick with this helmet for our Military Appreciation Game this Saturday | #Hawkeyes https://t.co/Ga1YS87qlj pic.twitter.com/OwtE48u57r
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) November 7, 2018
The American flag helmets are something we’ve seen before, as Iowa first wore them against Michigan in 2011 (they won that game if you recall), and has adorned them on and off since. What’s entirely new, though, is the #24 displayed on every helmet. Per Iowa’s press release:
The biggest change from year's past will be on the left side of the helmet where every Hawkeye player will wear a gold numeral 24 in honor of Nile Kinnick. Winner of the 1939 Heisman Trophy, Kinnick, was born 100 years ago (1918 in Adel, Iowa) and died 75 years ago (1943 in the Gulf of Paria off the coast of Venezuela). His jersey No. 24 is one of two retired numbers for the football program; Iowa Stadium was renamed Kinnick Stadium in 1972.
It's never a bad time to honor Nile Kinnick. The American flag helmets look darn good every time the Hawkeyes wear them and will unfortunately be the closest thing that Iowa gets to an alternate uniform all season:
No alternate uniforms, but sweet helmet decals for the Hawkeyes this Saturday vs. Northwestern. https://t.co/WQi1pp60Dz
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) November 7, 2018
Oh well. Go America Awesome!