Northwestern sent out a tease yesterday that it will be wearing special uniforms for its home game against Illinois on Sunday, and today the Wildcats announced those uniforms will be "By the Player" uniforms. Confused? We'll try to clear it up.
Basically, Under Armour sat down with the players and asked them what they thought should be on the jerseys. They came up with 25 items that Under Armour could work with. The result is this:
You can read more at the official release, but here are a few of the things spotlighted:
FAMILY, BROTHERHOOD and TRUST: The three words the players and coaches identified as the terms that embody the NU basketball team. They are placed around the school logo on the uniform.
JOHN HANCOCK CENTER: Not only a fixture in the Chicago skyline, this building has been the site of many team bonding and recruiting experiences.
CHICAGO SKYLINE: NU is "Chicago's BIG10 team" so the skyline was integrated into the uniform to represent the great city they play for.
EH! EH! EH!: As NU takes the court, you will undoubtedly hear the team chanting "Eh! Eh! Eh!" as they prep for battle.
HEART-SHAPED BASKETBALL: Coach Collins has a mantra he reiterates to his team day-in and day-out: "Love the game!" The heart-shaped basketball icon is a representation of this saying.
POUND THE ROCK: The teams' call to arms, their battle cry is "Pound the Rock."
So... what do you think? Different, for sure, but good? You can view more photos here.