Helmet sticker

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Helmet stickers, also known as reward decals and pride stickers, are stickers that are affixed to a high school or college football player's helmet. They can denote either individual or team accomplishments.

History[edit]

The practice of awarding helmet stickers is often credited to Ernie Biggs, trainer at Ohio State under legendary coach Woody Hayes. But as recently[when?] shown on ESPN[citation needed], the practice of awarding stickers has been credited to Jim Young, former assistant coach at Miami in 1965, two years before they were used by the Buckeyes.

An even earlier[when?] attribution is given to Gene Stauber, freshman coach at Nebraska (1955-1957) by head coach Pete Elliott.[1] Stauber routinely used stickers throughout his tenure as assistant coach at Illinois (1960-1970), as a 1962 photo of All-American linebacker Dick Butkus indicates.[2] The stickers stem from fighter pilots marking their planes with stickers after kills and/or successful missions.[3]

Current usage[edit]

Division I FBS colleges[edit]

  • Arkansas-Hog Head logo
  • Akron- Blue Star
  • Buffalo - White State of New York
  • BYU - Gold Cougar(Personal Goals) and Blue Cougar(Team Goals, Wins)/"HC"(used only on throwback helmets)
  • Central Michigan
  • Clemson - Paw Print
  • Duke- Grim Reaper(only for defensive players)
  • Florida Atlantic
  • Florida State - Tomahawk (tomahawks given for academic achievements have "ACADEMIC" written up the handle of the tomahawk)
  • Georgia - White Bone (football excellence) and Black Bone (academic excellence)
  • Illinois- Blue State of Illinois(athletic achievement) and White State of Illinois(off field achievement)
  • Kent State
  • Louisiana Lafayette - Fleur-de-lis/Gold Fleur-de-lis
  • Louisiana Monroe- Maroon Star/Warhawk Talon
  • Michigan State - White Block 'S'
  • Middle Tennessee State-Pegasus logo
  • Northwestern University - White Wildcat
  • Ohio State University - Buckeye Leaf
  • Purdue-Train
  • South Florida-Green Bull Logo
  • Stanford - Axe Blade
  • Tennessee- "63"
  • Toledo- Yellow Rocket
  • UNLV- Sledgehammer
  • Western Kentucky- 'WKU' Red Towel logo

Division I FCS colleges[edit]

  • Alabama A&M
  • Florida A&M - Snake Heads
  • Fordham University - Ram Head
  • Illinois State - Reggie Redbird
  • North Carolina A&T
  • Youngstown State - White Star
  • New Hampshire
  • Butler - Dog Bone
  • South Dakota State

Discontinued usage[edit]

  • Air Force - Lighting Bolt
  • Arizona - Wildcat Paw
  • Arkansas State- "I Will"
  • Baylor-Green Star
  • Bowling Green-'BG' logo
  • California - Football (football with big C and "WIN" on it)
  • Cincinnati
  • Colorado - Buffalo
  • Eastern Michigan
  • East Carolina - Skull Pirate Logo
  • Fresno State - White Bone, Yellow Bone, and Black Bone
  • Georgia State - Panther, a block "M" (standing for magnanimatas, or "greatness of spirit" in Latin), and a gold star for academics
  • Hawaii - Warrior helmet and cross spears [4]
  • Houston-White Paw
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky- White Wildcat Paw/Blue Wildcat Paw(only on white helmets)
  • Louisville - Cardinal
  • Marshall - Green Horn
  • Maryland-Red Turtle and Yellow Turtle
  • Memphis - Tiger Paw
  • Miami(Ohio)-Star/Tomahawk
  • Michigan - Wolverine, Yellow Football
  • Mississippi State - White Bone
  • Missouri - Tiger Paw
  • North Carolina State - Wolf Fang
  • New Mexico State-Aggie "A"
  • North Carolina - Tar Heel
  • Northern Illinois-White Bone
  • Oklahoma State - Cowboy
  • Pittsburgh - Panther Fang
  • Rice - Owl
  • Rutgers - Sword
  • San Jose State
  • SMU-Warrior helmet and spears
  • Southern Miss - Eagle
  • South Carolina - Gamecock foot with spur
  • Temple-Diamond
  • Texas Tech - Red Star [5]
  • Tulane-Fleur-de-lis
  • Tulsa - Skull and Crossbones
  • UConn - Huskie/"C" logo
  • UCLA-Blue Bear Paw
  • Utah - Utes logo
  • Vanderbilt - Ship Anchor(only on gold helmets)
  • West Virginia - Musket
  • Wyoming - Small Bucking Horse

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