SWC Football Helmet History

Discussion in 'Locker Room' started by DrJ, Aug 4, 2001.

  1. DrJ

    DrJ 25+ Posts

    I don't know if this has been posted previously on this site, but here is a link to a photo history of SWC football helmets by school.

    Definitely some nostalgia in some of these older helmet designs:
    The Link

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  3. PhantomHorn

    PhantomHorn 1,000+ Posts

    Man, those jerseys from the early McWilliams era were butt ugly. Another reason why the late 80s really sucked to be a Hornfan.

    1987 7-5
    1988 4-7
    1989 5-6

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  4. DrJ

    DrJ 25+ Posts

    I seem to remember the bigger Longhorn silhouette on the helmet in the 1978 season - the year Texas whipped Maryland in the Sun Bowl. However, this site says the current Texas helmet has remained unchanged since Fred Akers' first year in 1977.

    Anyone else recall the bigger silhouette in 1978 or am I dreaming?
  5. ENlightened

    ENlightened Guest

    I don't recall any changes to the classic look since '77, except for the Cotton Bowl Classic logo put between the horns for the '82 CB vs. Alabama, plus the occasional individual variation (RW).

    Which reminds me of a trivia question. Disregarding teams that haven't used helmet logos (i.e., the Penn States and Alabamas of the world; even Notre Dame for a time had green shamrocks on its golden domes) and Michigan (which simply carried over the trim from its leather helmets; that insignia, while easily identifiable, has nothing to do with Wolverines), which is the only school to have utilized the same basic helmet logo longer than Texas, which introduced the steer head in 1961?

    (Small hint: Texas has played this team within the past 20 years, and it's not in the Big 12).

  6. Osler

    Osler < 25 Posts

    Tennessee? (a bit of a guess, but I know they have had the current logo from the mid 60s)

    "The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism." -Sir William Osler
  7. Osler

    Osler < 25 Posts

    I just realized how badly my math skills are slipping.We last played Tenn. in 1968 so I suppose I withdraw my guess.

    "The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism." -Sir William Osler
  8. DrJ

    DrJ 25+ Posts

    Very good question, ENlightened.

    Let's see....Miami?, Air Force?, North Carolina?, Iowa?....I'll guess Iowa.

    Edited by DrJ on 8/5/01 01:25 PM.
  9. DrJ

    DrJ 25+ Posts

    All right, I just pulled out my tape of Texas vs. Maryland in the 1978 Sun Bowl. The longhorn silhouette on the helmet is definitely bigger than today's silhouette.

    When Russell Erxleben walks to the sideline, the straight-on view of his helmet shows the horns curling around toward the front. The horns cannot be seen from this vantage point nearly as plainly today.
  10. Classic Rock

    Classic Rock < 25 Posts



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  11. ENlightened

    ENlightened Guest

    I will say only that the correct answer has been mentioned, but not guessed ... if that makes any sense. But Tennessee, Iowa and Auburn ... *sound of game-show buzzer indicating wrong answer*

  12. jgar

    jgar < 25 Posts

  13. Osler

    Osler < 25 Posts

    My 13 year old son has begged me to say that it is Georgia.Come on Enlightened, this is killing me!

    "The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism." -Sir William Osler
  14. Jalbert

    Jalbert < 25 Posts

    Air Force?

    I know UNC not to long ago had U N C staggerd diagonally down the sides of the their helmet not to long ago. so that eliminates them.
  15. DrJ

    DrJ 25+ Posts

    Don't plant a trivia question and leave it unanswered, EN!

    My (next) guess is Miami.
  16. TornJock

    TornJock 100+ Posts


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  17. DrJ

    DrJ 25+ Posts

    ENlightened....oh, ENlightened......

    Do we need to contact SL Xpress to corral the posse to string you up again? What is the answer to your trivia question?
  18. ENlightened

    ENlightened Guest

    SORRY. Geez ... Jalbert is correct. Air Force has had some form of that lightning bolt on its helmets since the late '50s. I've looked over a lot of old photos, and that's the only one that appears to pre-date the Longhorn.
  19. AlfondalUrlaydee

    AlfondalUrlaydee 25+ Posts

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