As good as gold? Irish fans embrace special Notre Dame football Cotton Bowl uniforms

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Dressing for success?

Under Armour on Friday splashed the Notre Dame football team’s special Cotton Bowl uniforms all over social media, with a mostly enthusiastic response from the Irish fan base.

No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) faces No. 2 Clemson (13-0) Dec. 29 in a Cotton Bowl/College Football Playoff semifinal game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. For the third time in four games they’ll be wearing an alternate uniform.

"This a special moment in our partnership,” said Nick Billiris, senior design director of team sports at Under Armour. “Notre Dame aiming to close out an undefeated season with a national championship, and Under Armour having our first team in the College Football Playoffs.

“We wanted to keep the uniform traditional and true to Notre Dame, but dial it up to pay homage to the school's history with gold, and mark this incredible accomplishment"

The Rush 4️⃣ Gold is headed to the #CFBPlayoff.#GoIrish ☘️ #IrishWearGreenpic.twitter.com/ih48IPnKnU

— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 7, 2018

Per the Under Armour press release, “the ‘Rush 4 Gold’ mantra is inspired by the ubiquity of gold across the University of Notre Dame campus, with nothing more representative than the Golden Dome – the heartbeat of the campus.”

The gold will run prominently throughout Notre Dame’s playoff uniform, including the trimming around the numbers,, the Notre Dame monogram on the shoulder and the Cotton Bowl patch on the chest. The phrases “Rush 4 Gold” and “God, Country, Notre Dame” are embroidered in gold into the jersey.

The team will be wearing Kelly green cleats and gloves.

I actually like the away jerseys all white, its clean. But the pants and the helmets should match or be close to matching. Think 1988.

— Eric Guenette (@irish557) December 7, 2018

Perfect.

— Jim Kenny (@NoFunJim) December 7, 2018

Have green numbers and get rid of hot mustard colored pants

— Brian Farmer (@BrianFa85ND) December 7, 2018

Only crotchety ND fans will complain about a white jersey

— mike b (@mjb32982) December 7, 2018

Excellent in a "less is more" type of way. Go Irish

— Brian AReali (@RBrianareali) December 7, 2018

— Dos Leprechauns (@dosleprechauns) December 7, 2018

ND is the Oregon of the Midwest

— Kevin Calabria (@KevinCalabria1) December 7, 2018

Clean and classy. Green is a nice touch given the push for that color this year.

— Dillon Allie (@DillonAllie_) December 7, 2018

pic.twitter.com/gSEkneKBBn

— Donnie Braciole. (@AlfanoDonal) December 7, 2018

Amazing! Wish they were blue! Love the gold trim! The blue would pop more

— GoldenDomer945 (@domer945) December 7, 2018

I like the shiny gold trim, with green shoes/gloves. Overall, subtle but still traditional.

— Nazagreen ♻️ (@anazpk) December 7, 2018

New uniforms were good luck vs Syracuse....so why not? Btw, I'm going to Dallas for the game.

— Joseph (@JosephDelGrippo) December 7, 2018

As long as they beat Clemson I don’t care what they wear.

— Bill Gaughan (@gaughan_bill) December 7, 2018

Just another money grab. Can't blame em. We are all sheeple.

— Davie Dave (@Davie_Dave_40) December 7, 2018

I might get one!

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) December 7, 2018

The Notre Dame football team will wear special alternate jerseys in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.
The Notre Dame football team will wear Kelly green cleats in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.
The Notre Dame football team will wear Kelly green gloves in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.
The Notre Dame football team will wear special alternate jerseys in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.
The Notre Dame football team will wear special alternate uniforms in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.