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]

ESPN says the practice of awarding helmet stickers is often wrongly credited to Ernie Biggs, trainer at Ohio State under legendary coach Woody Hayes.[1] They instead claim that the practice of awarding stickers began with Jim Young, former assistant coach at Miami in 1965, two years before they were used by the Buckeyes.[1]

An even earlier[when?] attribution is given to Gene Stauber, freshman coach at Nebraska (1955–1957) by head coach Pete Elliott.[2] 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.[3] The stickers stem from fighter pilots marking their planes with stickers after kills and/or successful missions.[4]

Current usage[edit]

Division I FBS colleges[edit]

  • Arkansas: Hog Head logo
  • Arizona State: Pitchfork
  • Akron: Blue Star (unconfirmed)
  • 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: Yellow Block C
  • Clemson: Paw Print
  • Duke: Grim Reaper (only for defensive players)
  • Florida Atlantic: Owl Talon
  • 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: Golden Flashes logo
  • Louisiana Lafayette: Fleur-de-lis/Gold Fleur-de-lis
  • Louisiana Monroe: Maroon Star/Warhawk Talon
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State: White Block "S"/Spear
  • Middle Tennessee State: Pegasus logo
  • Nevada: Axe
  • Northwestern University: White Wildcat
  • Ohio State University: Buckeye Leaf
  • Pittsburgh: Blue paw print
  • Purdue: Train
  • Stanford: Axe Blade
  • Toledo: Yellow Rocket

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
  • Appalachian State: Mountaineer
  • 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 [5]
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rice: Owl
  • Rutgers: Sword
  • San Jose State
  • SMU: Warrior helmet and spears
  • Southern Miss: Eagle
  • South Carolina: Gamecock foot with spur
  • South Florida: Green Bull Logo
  • Temple: Diamond
  • Tennessee
  • Texas Tech: Red Star [6]
  • 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)
  • Western Kentucky: "WKU" Red Towel logo
  • West Virginia: Musket
  • Wyoming: Small Bucking Horse

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