The Nebraska Cornhuskers have released a slightly tweaked uniform which will be worn in celebration of the 100th year of Memorial Stadium, where the team plays its football games.
The stadium opened in 1923, and Nebraska has put together a bit of a retrospective looking back at memories of the building.
The team has produced a really nice video which contains fans’ memories of the stadium, interspersed with a few looks at the special uniform, which is a tad over three and a half minutes in length (embedded below). But first, let’s take a look at the “new” uniform.
At first glance, it appears to be their regular home uniform. But look more closely and you notice the white uniform numbers are outlined in blue.
There is also a new uniform patch located on the left side of the chest, and a bit of writing inside the two cream stripes on the jersey.
Here are closeups of the uniform patch and the wording on the sleeve stripes:
Why the blue outline on the numbers? From the Nebraska Athletic Department:
On Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, when Nebraska hosts Northwestern at Memorial Stadium, the Huskers will wear an alternate adidas uniform that features the 100-year stadium patch and a blue outline around the numbers. The blue outline has historical significance as the Huskers wore blue uniforms in the first ever game played at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 13, 1923, against Oklahoma. Nebraska wore blue uniforms that day to avoid confusion with Oklahoma who had only traveled with its crimson uniforms. Nebraska was victorious against the Sooners, winning the first ever game at Memorial Stadium 24-0. Memorial Stadium was officially dedicated the following week, Oct. 20, 1923, before the Husker’s game against Kansas.
And the inscription on the sleeve stripes? That comes from the four corners of the stadium, which have an inscription from UNL philosophy professor Hartley Burr Alexander:
Southeast: “In Commemoration of the men of Nebraska who served and fell in the Nation’s Wars.”
Southwest: “Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.”
Northwest: “Courage; Generosity; Fairness; Honor; In these are the true awards of manly sport.”
Northeast: “Their Lives they held their country’s trust; They kept its faith; They died its heroes.”
So now that you’ve seen the tweaked uniform and know the story behind the blue outlines on the white numbers, let’s take a look at a very nicely produced (I won’t say “hype”) video about the stadium and the uniform.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFootball) August 15, 2023
There had been some Internet rumors (and justifiable fear) that the Cornhuskers would introduce a new blue jersey for the October 21 game against Northwestern — since they graciously wore blue jerseys in the first game ever played there — but instead have opted to commemorate that with a nice, simple blue outline around the numbers. I think it’s a nice touch.
It’s not easy to make a uniform “celebrate” an edifice, but the Huskers have done an admirable job here!