For the second straight season, Rutgers will wear a special commemorative helmet when it plays Army on Saturday.
Last year, the helmet was white and the block R was in a stars and stripes pattern. This year, the helmet is silver with the block R in stars and stripes, and a strip down the top of the helmet in stars and stripes as well.
"This is just our way of honoring all of the men and women around the world that serve our country and protect our country the entire year," coach Kyle Flood said Monday. "So we're excited to do it, and hopefully the people around the world will get a chance to see the game. They'll draw some pride from it the way we have."
Flood then relayed his own story about what it means to play a service academy team.
"I worked on a staff one time with somebody who had worked at the United States Military Academy, and we were getting ready to play one of the academies," Flood said. "I was just asking them about the lifestyle and the type of player and the program, and he said something very insightful, and I've never forgotten it since playing these type of games. What he said was you have to remember is that for those players at West Point, football practice is the easiest part of their day."