Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Rutgers to wear special helmet vs. Army
By Andrea Adelson
Rutgers already has rocked a pretty cool look this season, wearing all black uniforms with a black helmet and block letter R.
Now the Scarlet Knights are changing things up for their game Saturday against Army at Yankee Stadium. In honor of the Armed Services, the Rutgers helmet will be white with a block R that has the pattern of the stars and stripes.
Rutgers will be wearing these helmets when it plays Army on Saturday.
The move is not only a tribute to all American forces, it also pays homage to Army and coach Rich Ellerson. It was a little more than a year ago that Rutgers player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed after making a tackle against Army. Coach Greg Schiano repeatedly praised Ellerson for his prayers and concern for LeGrand and Rutgers through such a trying period.
"The class that Rich Ellerson and the Army football program showed towards Rutgers in this last year has been incredible," Schiano said. "When Eric got injured in that game, Rich Ellerson and his entire football team stayed in constant contact, whether it be through notes -- the whole team wrote him notes at one point -- gifts, Army memorabilia, things that were special to them that they gave, to even as late as this summer, Coach Ellerson and members of his team coming down to our stadium club and having lunch with Eric.
"So I just feel like certainly it's going to be an incredibly competitive environment, and we're both playing to win the game, but in college sports, the level of class that Coach Ellerson and his program have shown and the level of caring towards our program, I think is what makes college sports special. So we just felt it was a good time to do that. And that's why we're going to be wearing that helmet on Saturday."