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Historical Helmets


1957 - 1971 1972 - 1973 1972; 1974 - 1977
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1979 - 1980 1981 - 1982 2008
December 6, 2008;
October 30, 2010
November 6, 2010 1977 - 1978; 1983 - 2007;
2009 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below *see note 5 below

This is believed to be the complete set of helmet designs for Army for the period 1957 to present; if you are aware of any others, please let me know.

*1 In 1969, Army used a version of the "100" decal on their helmets; it was worn on the back of the helmet, just above the bottom, and would not be visible from the perspective I use at this web site. The football shape was some dark color (perhaps black, but quite possibly blue or some other color), outlined in white, and with white numerals. I have seen one photograph where some renegade player had placed the decal on the side of his helmet, but the rear placement was clearly the standard position for it. The 1969 helmets were otherwise identical to this one.

*2 This design was used throughout the 1972 and 1973 seasons with the exceptions of games #3 and #4 in 1972; for those games (vs Lehigh and Penn State), the logo was absent and the helmets therefore resembled the one shown above labelled "1972; 1974 - 1977".

*3 "Camouflage" helmets were worn during the 2008 game against Navy and again during the 2010 home game against Virginia Military Institute.

*4 This design was used during the 2010 home game against Air Force "as a tribute to the U.S. Corps of Cadets and the Long Gray Line".

*5 Army first used black faceguards for the 1977 game against Navy; gray ones had been used for all earlier games that season.


1955 - 1960 c.1962 1964 - 1965
1966 - 1968 1969 1969 - 1977
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
1978 regular season October 28, 1989 December 22, 1978 - 1997;
additional games in 2009
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
1998 1999 - 2004 December 30, 2011
*see note 4 below
October 13, 2012 2005 -

A couple of people have brought to my attention some information posted at BYU's web site which appears to contradict some of the information I have gathered. At this link, about three-quarters of the way down the page, you can see a "year-by-year breakdown of the evolution of the BYU helmet". The page lists the following for the years 1955 to 1965: "1955-1960 -- White helmet replaced with a plain, silver helmet; 1961-1963 -- Blue player numbers are added to the silver helmet; 1964-1965 - Silver helmet is replaced with solid blue helmet." No mention, however, is made of the two-color helmet that you can see quite clearly in the photo below:

Notice that the caption appears to confine this picture to either 1962 or 1963. All of the (few) photographs that I have seen from 1962 and 1963 show this two-color helmet without any numerals or logos on the sides, and I have seen no photographs of the alleged silver helmet with blue numerals. If such a design was ever used, it was apparently used in 1961 only - I would greatly appreciate any photos of BYU helmets from the 1961 season.

*1 In 1969 the "100" logo was worn on the left sides of BYU's helmets and the "Y" logo was worn on the right sides.

*2 During the 1989 game at Hawai'i, BYU used a "logo" of a red circle on the left sides of their helmets (see photo below); the usual "Y" logo was in place on the right sides. Highlights from the game can be see at YouTube: . Previously I asked here if anyone knew why BYU was wearing these red circles during this game - three possible explanations have been offered. From one visitor to the site: "As the BYU Sports Info people tell me, it was to support a Hurricane Food Drive that was going on at that time. It was the only game they wore such a logo and there is apparently no sports documentation to indicate that this is in fact the case." (This game did take place about five weeks after Hurricane Hugo caused extensive damage and loss of life in South Carolina and several Caribbean islands.) Another visitor to the site brought to my attention the newspaper article at this link. It describes an anti-drug use program occurring in the state of Utah at that time, and while there is no mention of football helmets, it does mention that some BYU football players would be speaking to local elementary school students during "Red Ribbon Week". A third person suggested that the red circles were worn as a gesture of friendship towards the large Japanese immigrant population of Hawai'i (the Japanese national flag features a red circle on a white background, and there is a related school - BYU-Hawai'i - in Laie, Hawai'i). Any other definite information would be appreciated. If you know any former members of the team, please ask them why they used these and then report back to me. :)

*3 This helmet design was first used during BYU's appearance in the inaugural Holiday Bowl game against Navy at the end of the 1978 season. Site Visitor Dan C. reported that both blue and white faceguards were used by different players on this helmet in games from 1979 to 1983, although blue was always the predominant color. This design was used once again during the home game against Utah on November 28, 2009, in observance of the 25th anniversary of BYU's 1984 "national championship", and again during the Las Vegas Bowl game against Oregon State at the end of the 2009 season (December 22).

*4 Worn during the 2011 Armed Forces Bowl game vs Tulsa at Dallas, TX. Those parts of the helmet normally blue in color (the oval-shaped logo and the two outer stripes) were replaced with a camouflage pattern during this game.


1959 - 1962;
September 10, 2011
1963 November 12, 2011
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
October 6, 2012 1964 -

The shamrock helmet logo was introduced in 1959 by Notre Dame's head coach Joe Kuharich; it was used through the 1962 season and replaced with white numerals the following year. New head coach Ara Parseghian brought back plain gold helmets in 1964 and the team used those during every game for 47 seasons, until the shamrock was brought back for use during the 2011 game at Michigan.

*1 Worn during the 2011 game at Michigan. The shamrock logo worn during this game appeared to be a near-perfect copy of the one used during the 1959-1962 era.

*2 Worn during the 2011 game vs Maryland played at Landover, MD. The helmet image here may imply that the design involved "camouflage" but this is not the case - the shell was covered with circular, gold "reflectors" (for lack of a better word) that tended to more or less color the helmet in two shades of gold (dark and light).