Specially designed for the 2021 Army vs. Navy game, this is the second of two commemorative limited edition Midshipmen footballs for the 2021 season, following the USMC Leatherneck edition for the 9/11/21 game against Air Force. This groundbreaking design includes sweeping jet trails from the laces to logo and lace support stitching sewn to look like fighter planes in flight toward the USAF Roundel. From the Navy uniform release page:
When attempting to land on an aircraft carrier, a naval pilot will communicate with the Landing Signal Officer their side number, aircraft type, their distance behind the ship and “call the ball.” This signals to the ship they have a visual on the optical landing system to the side of the landing strip nicknamed the “meatball.” To confirm, the LSO will then reply “roger ball” and give the pilot the winds and deck state.
This year’s exclusive game ball by Team Issue features the silhouette of an F/A-18 Super Hornet, the US Military Roundel and color scheme, as well as an intricate stitching design around the laces.