College Station, Tex. / Portland, Ore. (September 17, 2018) – Texas A&M University and adidas Football today unveiled the “’98 Aggies” Primeknit A1 alternate uniform for the Aggies’ Oct. 6 home game against the Kentucky Wildcats. Modeled after the 1998 squad, the new uniforms celebrate the 20th anniversary of an outstanding 11-3 season and the team’s double-OT victory over Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship game.
Inspired by the team’s story of perseverance, Texas A&M’s throwback uniform pays homage to the storied final games of the season. Going into the 1998 Big 12 Championship game, A&M was coming off a bitter loss to the Longhorns and the newly No. 10 ranked Aggies were set to face the No. 1, undefeated team in the country, Kansas State. Down 27-12 in the third quarter, A&M bounced back to secure two huge touchdowns in the fourth quarter, tying the game 27-27. After two consecutive overtimes, the underdog Aggies pulled ahead to secure a 36-33 win and a bid to the ’99 Sugar Bowl.
Seamlessly blending a retro design with cutting-edge innovation and technology, Texas A&M Athletics and adidas collaborated to replicate the aesthetic of the renowned team on the new Primeknit A1 Football Uniform. With retro detailing, such as an old-school A&M wordmark, a throwback SEC patch, and of perforated heat transfer application that creates a web-like appearance for the team moniker and numbers, the “’98 Aggies” uniform pays homage to the vintage mesh jerseys worn in the 90’s.
A new body-mapping jersey design features an all-new ribbed knit pattern on the chest and shoulder pads to produce a refined fit, while knit engineered mesh channels feature Climacool technology to provide enhanced breathability and cooling zones. The development of a new innovative chevron pattern on the chest of the jersey aligns with a player’s shoulder pads and generates increased durability for high-contact zones for protection and the inside of the jersey features silicon grip patterns on the shoulders to lock the pads in place.
Additionally, Primeknit finishes inspired by the adidas UltraBOOST and NMD are incorporated into the collar, sleeve cuff and hem for added comfort and a new infinity neckline delivers for a clean, iconic design that eliminates distractions and allows for a full range of motion. The revolutionary Primeknit A1 football pants have been re-engineered with just two seams and bonded pockets for added comfort and a clean compression look and feel, along ribbed Primeknit on the knees for added durability.
To complete the head-to-toe look, a special edition HydroSkin® helmet from Hydro Graphics Inc. (HGI) features a throwback oversized A&M logo. The TECHFIT compression baselayer and gloves feature a matching retro oversized A&M logo, and to complete the homage, the team will wear all black adizero 5-Star and FREAK cleats.