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Oklahoma football to wear 'Thunderbird' emblem on helmet vs. Army

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws during an NCAA college football game against UCLA, in Norman, Okla. The pressure on Murray just increased now that running back Rodney Anderson is out for the season. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma football will wear a special helmet decal for its game against Army on Saturday.

The Oklahoma National Guard announced the Sooners will wear a 'Thunderbird' emblem on the back of their helmets.

“We are honored to have the legacy of the Oklahoma National Guard proudly displayed on the helmets of the University of Oklahoma football team,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma, in a statement. “As somebody who had a son attend West Point and another son attend OU, I am a general divided. We wish the Sooners luck and hope the Thunderbird guides them on the football field as it guides our Soldiers on the battlefield.”

The insignia worn on OU's helmets Saturday was first worn on the sleeves of Oklahoma National Guardsmen in 1939. It is a Native American symbol, which is still worn by units of the Oklahoma Army National Guard today, per a release.

Oklahoma faces Army at 6 p.m., Saturday. The game will be available to watch through FOX Sports Pay-Per-View.

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