Notre Dame and adidas unveiled a new retro style jersey that the Irish will wear when they travel to Ann Arbor for the first night game in Michigan Stadium, and as expected, Notre Dame will be sporting shamrocks on their helmets in addition to the iconic gold paint.
Unlike some of the crazy jerseys that have become the norm in college football, the retro style (these are not exact throwbacks) are pretty reserved and shouldn’t upset too many fans. Michigan will be wearing special jerseys as well, but theirs are a little more on the crazy side.
Here’s what Brian Kelly had to say about the special jerseys his team will be wearing 3 months from today.
“We are happy to partner with adidas to help commemorate the first night game at Michigan Stadium with new uniforms. It seems fitting that the two schools with the two best winning percentages in college football play in this historic game. I know our players are looking forward to the contest and both teams’ new uniforms will only add to the excitement in the Big House on September 10.”
Notre Dame last wore special jerseys for last year’s Army game in Yankee Stadium and also wore a special jersey for the 2007 USC game when Notre Dame honored the 1977 national champions by wearing the same green home jersey the ’77 squad wore. Hopefully the results on the field will be much better for the Irish this time around.
This won’t be the first time Notre Dame will have shamrocks on its helmets for a game. Notre Dame featured the shamrock on its helmets from 1959-1962 under the coaching of Joe Kuharich. In 1963 the shamrock was replaced with a numeral on the side of the helmet. When Ara Parseghian took over the head coaching duties in 1964, Notre Dame returned to the traditional plain gold helmets.
For anyone interested in buying one of these jerseys, adidas has said that they will be available starting August 1 and there will be a full line of shirts, hats, etc for the “Under the Lights” game.