EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern University is apologizing for any misconceptions about football uniforms it plans to wear against Michigan next week.
The Wildcats will trade their familiar purple for the patriotic red, white and blue when they host the Wolverines on Nov. 16 to honor the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports wounded service members.
The Under Armour jerseys with the stars and stripes will be auctioned off after the game, with all proceeds going to the project.
The uniforms show what to some look like blood stains on an American flag. Northwestern spokesman Paul Kennedy said this week it’s a “distressed pattern on both the stars and stripes that was inspired by the appearance of a flag that has flown proudly over a long period of time.”
Kennedy apologized “for any misinterpretation.” He added that Boston College used a similar design last year.
Instead of the players’ last names, the back of each jersey will have one of the seven core value embellishments: duty, honor, courage, commitment, integrity, country and service.