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 shown on ESPN, 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 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]

  • 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
  • Vanderbilt - Ship Anchor(only on gold helmets)
  • 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
  • Arkansas - Sledgehammer/Hog Tusk
  • 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
  • West Virginia - Musket
  • Wyoming - Small Bucking Horse

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