West Virginia University honors John Denver with new “Country Roads” uniforms
Watch West Virginia University paying tribute to the late great John Denver.
We all know the song, and chances are you’ve belted it out at a karaoke bar at some point in your life. Or any bar…
We’re talking about Denver’s 1971 hit, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” one of the most recognizable country songs of all time.
And of course, the song nods to West Virginia where Denver sings:
“Almost Heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life there is old, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze
Country roads, take me home
To where I belong
West Virginia, Mom of the Mountains
Take me home, country roads…”
Of course, many argue that Denver is actually singing about West Virginia based on the geography of the lyrics and the fact that John Denver had never even been to West Virginia at the time the song was written:
Nonetheless, John’s co-writers, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert (who actually wrote most of the song), remember listening Saturday night jamboree, a radio show from West Virginia, so they seemed to have the state of West Virginia in mind.
Either way, the song is essentially the official anthem for all things West Virginia, and now West Virginia University is paying tribute with its new uniforms.
They have officially unveiled their brand new “Country Roads” uniforms for their upcoming rivalry game against Pittsburgh, widely known as the “Backyard Brawl”.
The helmets will feature the state of West Virginia, with the “WV” logo inside, as well as the state’s notable I-79 freeway and a number of other country roads the state is for. known.
The game is scheduled for Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Acrisure Stadium, both home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers.
Pitt will enter the game at number 17 in the country and WVU will not be ranked, but any time you have a rivalry game on your hands, nothing is guaranteed.
Charles Wesley Godwin is going to be JACKED.