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College Football Team Unveils Special Uniforms That Pay Homage to America -- Can You Tell What's on the Sleeve?

"Pays homage to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry."

(Source: University of Maryland Athletics)

The University of Maryland has unveiled special new uniforms, and history buffs and lovers of America are sure to appreciate the semi-hidden message on the jerseys and helmets.

Take a look at the slideshow below and see if you can tell what it is:

Besides the emblem on the helmet, there's cursive lettering on the jerseys and the helmets. That writing is actually the text of Francis Scott Key’s poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which would become the Star-Spangled Banner.

"This weekend, the Terrapin football team will take the field in a historically inspired uniform that pays homage to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry and the Star Spangled Banner," a university press release says.

The Washington Post has more on the specifics, including what the players will be wearing underneath their uniforms:

Maryland’s helmets will feature an outline of the star-shaped Fort McHenry and an image of the flag that flew through the night during the Battle of Baltimore. According to the school release, the 15-star and 15-stripe flag is the only flag in American history in which the blue field is touching a red stripe. The uniforms highlight this detail with red and blue stripes on the helmet, shoulders, pant legs and socks.

Maryland captains will wear red belts as American military captains did during the Battle of Baltimore, and players’ names will be replaced by the word “TRIUMPH” on the back of their jerseys. The team’s base layers will include the phrase “Conquer We Must,” which was included in Key’s “Defence of Fort McHenry,” but left out of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The uniforms are made by Under Armour, which is based in Baltimore.

(H/T: Deadspin)

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