Northwestern's "Wounded Warrior" Uniforms Spark Controversy (PHOTOS)

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Northwestern's "Wounded Warrior" Uniforms Spark Controversy (PHOTOS)


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November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO, Ill. (NBC Chicago) -- Northwestern University's football team is making some people uncomfortable with a new uniform design meant to support the country's wounded veterans.

The team on Monday unveiled the special uniforms, to be worn during the Wildcats' Nov. 16 game against University of Michigan, saying the design was created to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that helps army veterans.

Instead of names, jerseys will feature words like "courage" and "honor." But that's not the first thing some noticed.

Some critics became offended by the uniforms' splattered red coloring, which they say resembles blood. The website Deadspin was especially harsh and called the design "gore porn." Some people took to Twitter to show their confusion over the artistic choices of the design.

Other people commended the players for their sense of patriotism, though. Players will auction off their jerseys after the game, and all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. The school will also donate 10 percent of the earnings from replica jerseys purchased on the university's website.

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