SALT LAKE CITY- May the fourth be with you. Who doesn’t love Star Wars Day with all its bad puns and social media fun? Utah Football joined Wednesday’s festivities by posting a throwback to their uniform reveal for their award-winning USS Salt Lake City one-offs last season with wide receiver Solomon Enis.
Not so long ago, in a galaxy down the street
Utah’s creative team took advantage of the poor air quality last summer due to the California wildfires to promote their special uniforms for Oregon’s big game in November.
Although the breathing conditions weren’t ideal, the smoky mist throughout the valley provided a perfect backdrop for the uniform photoshoot. Coupled with the mystique of the Salt Flats, the photos and videos from the set took on an otherworldly effect that Enis said resembled Star Wars and is hard to argue against.
A fleet of ships
The Utes have a short but growing history of creating unique and one-of-a-kind uniforms that feature hand-painted helmets. The tradition began in 2016 with a custom drum and circle helmet and has since featured a new custom hand painted design.
Last season, they celebrated the incredible story of the USS Salt Lake City and her crew for Veterans Day. The World War II heavy cruiser saw more combat engagements than any other cruiser in the Pacific Fleet. Each uniform featured a single star on the right shoulder so that when 11 players were on the field, it represented the 11 different Battle Stars the ship had earned.
It was revealed on the latest episode of “22 Forever” that the Utes plan to honor their deceased teammates Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe with hand-painted helmets this season. There were no further details about the game that Utah plans to wear the helmets, although they are hosting USC in October and the game has some symbolic significance in the history of Jordan and Lowe.