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Oct. 6, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. | By: Max Moore
College football teams across the country celebrate military appreciation. Most teams create a special uniform to celebrate. Some have details of digital camouflage, others dawn stars and stripes scattered throughout.
The Northwest Missouri State football team takes the design a step further.
Sergeant First Class of the Missouri National Guard Dustin Wells says he and head coach Rich Wright wanted to make the uniform more personal to the players.
"This idea, have to give it to the man, Coach Wright, sitting down in his office one day talking, and we wanted to make it more personal for the players. He had the idea of each one of the players give us names of their family members in the military and put it on the helmet. This is what Coach Wright and Tucker (Peve) came up with and I think it's awesome."
The detail on the helmets include a stripe down the middle with names of player’s family members who served in the military, on the back bumper a different word or phrase used to represent the military, the usual stars and stripes Bearcat paw and a sticker variation of a blue star banner representing players who have family members actively serving in the military.
The helmet goes along with the gray and white uniform combination.
Equipment manager for Northwest, Tucker Peve, says the uniform is a way to honor the military in a small way.
"They do so much for us everyday, and really just one game to honor them is the least we could do for everything they do."
Members of the Northwest Missouri National Guard Show-Me-Gold program were invited to apply the stickers to the helmets.
Sgt. 1st Class Wells says growing up a Bearcat fan makes this experience even more special.
"I grew up at South Nodaway, and I always idolized the Bearcats, so this is kind of cool for me as well to be here and be part of this. And to put together helmets, this is not work for us. This is a reward, so we definitely enjoy that."
View the full uniform through the Northwest Equipment Twitter handle here.