Ahead of their season-opener against UCF on Saturday, ECU football announced its uniform color combination for the game, as well the social justice patch that will be worn by players […]
Ahead of their season-opener against UCF on Saturday, ECU football announced its uniform color combination for the game, as well the social justice patch that will be worn by players throughout the season.
In a video posted to their twitter, linebacker Bruce Bivens showed off the purple chrome helmets, purple tops and white pants the Pirates plan to wear on Saturday. In 2019, ECU donned that combination only once, a 46-43 loss at home against Cincinnati.
A short while after posting their threads for game No. 1, the Pirates unveiled a social justice patch designed by the players. The video shows it in sticker form on ECU’s helmets, but a decision by the NCAA earlier this off-season would also makes it possible for the Pirates to wear it in patch form on their uniforms.
“Our football student-athletes, led by the program’s Leadership Council, met regularly during preseason camp to share different ideas about a uniform patch and had conversations about a unified message,” ECU Athletic Director Jon Gilbert wrote in a “From The Helm” letter. “This was a deliberate process with the goal to be a part of meaningful change and use their platform to be voices for unity. The group decided on joined black and white hands with the words ‘Be The Change and Black Lives Matter.’ The intent is not to make a political statement. It’s an ethical statement of support.”
The department released a video that can be found below featuring the sticker. Quarterback Holton Ahlers and defensive tackle Hozey Haji-Badri appear in the video and explain what it means to the program.
Jon Gilbert’s full “From The Helm” letter can be viewed here.