The Cowboys’ helmets will look a little different than usual during their Week 9 clash with the Broncos on Sunday afternoon.
Instead of having a white stripe sandwiched by two blue stripes down the middle of the helmet, the jeans have added a red stripe to the mix. That means there will be three stripes in the center of the harness, one red, one white, and one blue.
Why do cowboys do this? There is a patriotic reason for it.
The Cowboys are using the stingray to “honor the US military and the winners of the nation’s National Medal of Honor” through the NFL’s “Salute to Service” campaign, via the official team website. It is the first time since 1976, the United States’ bicentennial celebration, that the team will include a red stripe on its helmet.
“This will truly be a special day for all of us as we salute the men and women around the world who protect and defend our country,” said Charlotte Jones, executive vice president of the Cowboys and president of the National Medal Museum Foundation. honorary. in a sentence. “We are honored to be attended by our Medal of Honor recipients, representing the 3,508 recipients of the nation’s most prestigious military decoration, who made heroic sacrifices, many of them the ultimate sacrifice, while preserving our freedom. .
“The red stripe on the helmet provides a beautiful ribbon to wrap this salute to those who currently serve our country’s military, and the patriotic love and appreciation we all share for those who came before them.”
What is the NFL’s “Salute to Service” campaign?
According to NFL.com, the Salute to Service campaign is “a year-round effort to honor, empower and connect our nation’s service members, veterans and their families.”
The NFL has annual “Salute to Service” games, taking place in Week 9 of this season, and recognizes military members at other contests and events throughout the calendar year. They also partner with nonprofit military organizations to further connect the league with the U.S. military.
Since the program launched in 2011, the NFL has raised $ 51 million for its nonprofit military partners. Some of these donations are generated through the sale of shirts and camouflage clothing sold by the league.