At least one Staten Islander will be paying special attention to Saturday’s 122nd Army-Navy college football game at 3 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
His name is Dennis Simone of Pleasant Plains, whose company Dennis Simone Studios, along with PaintZoo Studios in Philadelphia, have designed the new-look helmets that will be used for the first time in the annual clash between the two military teams. .
âI am more than proud to be a part of this legendary game,â Simone said on her Facebook page.
Both branches of the military normally release alternate uniforms for the game and this year will be no different as both will sport new Under Armor uniforms and helmets.
Simone, a graphic designer, was responsible for the design of the hand-painted helmet, which features the F / A-18F Super Hornet on one side and a US Air Force cockade on the other side. The backs of helmets also feature Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, and Crew wings.
âIt was a team effort,â said Simone, 58. âThe helmet was painted by Franny Drummond of PaintZoo Studios in Philadelphia. It is thanks to him that I was able to design this helmet.
âThe whole process took over six months from design to painting. Several designs were submitted to the Navy until we came to the final design. Once the design was finalized, it took Franny about six months to make 210 helmets. I was hired by Franny to make this design. I owe him this opportunity.
Kevin Plank, Founder and Executive Chairman of Under Armor, noted that on the side of the helmet, the cockade represents the aircraft powered by all different branches of the military.
“As much as we love the family jeers that occur between the Army and the Navy, [we are] recognizing that everyone is fighting for the same cause and the same beliefs, âPlank said.
Simone is no stranger to having his work shine in the spotlight as he designed the look of the Team USA hockey goalie face mask for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
His professional athletic work dates back to 1994 when he designed goalie masks for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins, then worked for other hockey teams for the next seven years until a 10-year hiatus when his daughter, Victoria, was born.
Eventually he returned and has been very successful since then and his latest creation will be on full display at Saturday’s big game.
Last week, Uniswag tweeted about a preview of the Navy helmets hand-painting process.
Monsignor Farrell’s product John Kelly III will get a first-hand look at the helmet, as the senior will wear one while playing the Raider position (a mix between defensive end and linebacker) for the Midshipmen on Saturday. Kelly wears the n Â° 55.
There are no other Staten Islanders on each team’s roster.
For a better look at the Navy helmet and uniform, please click on the video below.
Navy leads the overall series, 61-53-7, heading into the 2021 game.
This is the first time the game has been played at MetLife.
Simone will not be at the game on Saturday.
âI’ll watch from home, hoping they talk about the headphones,â he said.