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09.19.2018

THROWING IT BACK TO THE AGGIE ERA

Colorado State and Under Armour revisit CSU's agricultural roots for September’s Illinois State match-up

THROWING IT BACK TO THE AGGIE ERA

Colorado State and Under Armour revisit CSU's agricultural roots for September’s Illinois State match-up

Among Colorado State’s storied traditions, the color green has remained a constant that’s deeply rooted in the history of the University. Green represents the school’s agricultural roots dating back to its founding in 1870 as the Agricultural College of Colorado, is a reminder of the tree-lined Oval and mountainous campus and most importantly, echoes CSU’s outstanding commitment to sustainability initiatives.

On September 22, the Colorado State Rams will be throwing it back to their Aggie roots by wearing new green and Aggie orange throwback jerseys against the Illinois State Redbirds.

For 62 years, the Colorado State football team presently known as the Rams went by an entirely different name: the Aggies. The university itself was named Colorado A&M and was primarily an agricultural school, represented by a color palette of alfalfa green and “Aggie Orange”.

It was not until 1959 that the school adopted the Ram as their official mascot, however, the Aggie “A” painted on a hill above Hughes Stadium still receives attention from students each fall, when they hike the hill to pay homage and tend to the symbol with a fresh coat of paint. But the Aggie “A” isn’t the only thing getting an upgrade this season.

Accompanying the jersey will be a helmet design with Aggie orange Ram horns, as the Ram is a symbol of determination, action, initiative and leadership – qualities embodied by each Colorado State player who takes the field. The school’s current mascot, CAM the Ram, was named using an acronym for the former university title "Colorado Agriculture and Mechanical College".

“Colors mean so much to the history of this university, and we wanted to pay tribute to the meaning of each hue when designing this uniform. The Aggie orange is a tribute to Colorado A&M’s historic color, pumpkin, and green is inspired by the school’s agricultural beginnings. There is a story at the heart of every detail of these uniforms.”
- Nick Billiris, Senior Design Director of Team Sports at Under Armour
“Ag Day is our annual opportunity to come together to celebrate our heritage, and honor those in Colorado’s agricultural community today. Our Ag Day uniforms are a focal point for the annual celebration, and this Under Armour uniform design and color scheme honors and exemplifies the history of our great University”
- Joe Parker, Colorado State University Athletics Director

The game takes place on the annual “Ag Day” hosted by CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Colorado agricultural organizations and associations.I take great pride in coaching our team in this game every year,” said head coach Mike Bobo. “Our players also enjoy wearing the original colors — pumpkin orange and alfalfa green — and having a number of different uniform designs and combinations, and we appreciate the great partners we have at Under Armour for the terrific job they do in providing us a special Ag Day uniform and coaches’ apparel to wear.”

Even though the Rams will be wearing Aggie throwback jerseys, Under Armour is ensuring each player is ready to tackle this game against Illinois State and the entire season by upgrading to the toughest uniforms in football, powered by UA’s innovative, proprietary ArmourGrid technology. Strong, light and durable, the fabric construction makes them hard to rip and even harder to grab.

Fans interested in purchasing throwback-inspired CSU gear can visit UA.com and CSU book stores starting today.