Patriot League


BUCKNELL COLGATE FORDHAM
"Bison" "Raiders" "Rams"
Lewisburg, PA Hamilton, NY Bronx, NY
GEORGETOWN HOLY CROSS LAFAYETTE
"Hoyas" "Crusaders" "Leopards"
Washington, DC Worcester, MA Easton, PA
LEHIGH
"Mountain Hawks"
Bethlehem, PA

Comments

Georgetown, Lafayette and Colgate each used new helmet designs in 2016 (shown above).


Historical Helmets

BUCKNELL

c.early 1960s(?) 1966 - 1968? ? - 1964; 1969? - 1975
*see note 1 below
1976 - ? ? - 1982 1983 - 1986
1987 - 1988 1989 - 2001 2002 - 2003
2004 - 2012 2013 -

*1 This helmet image was added to the site (if I remember correctly) based upon the photograph below which was sent to me several years ago by a visitor to this website; the sender stated that the photograph appeared in a book entitled "Rutgers Football Vault". I now have some suspicion that the photograph has been artificially colored, and that Bucknell may have not used a helmet having this shade of blue. The green colors in the photograph (grass and distant trees) do not look natural, and there is an absence of color among the people sitting in the background stands. Furthermore, I have not located any other photographs showing Bucknell using a relatively light blue color as is depicted here; the university has digitized its yearbooks and published them on the internet, but no color photographs appear in those yearbooks during the range 1960 to 1963. By at least 1964 Bucknell was using dark blue helmets, and this color apparently remained in use until 1976.


COLGATE

1966 - 1968 1969 1970 - 1972
1977 - 1982 1993 - 1994 1995
1983 - 1992; 1996 - 1999;
2004
September 3, 2005- 2000 - 2003; 2005 - 2013
'A' 'B' 'C'
2014 - 2015 2014 2015
'D' 'E' 'F'
2015 2016 - 2016 -

In 2016 Colgate used two of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: E-E-E; F-F-F; E-E-F; E.

In 2015 Colgate used: C-C-D; C-C-D; A-C-A; A-C-A; A-A (the last three games being FCS playoff games at New Hampshire, at James Madison, and at Sam Houston State)

In 2014 Colgate used: A-A-B; A-B-B; A-B-B; A-B-B.

During at least 1960 and 1961 Colgate used white helmets with numerals and an "arrow" of unknown color; below are some photographs from these years. Note the two different styles of numerals. I have received a report that the 1962 Yale media guide contained descriptions of opposing teams' helmets, and that the Colgate helmet was described thusly: "White helmet w/maroon and gold markings & maroon numerals". "Markings" presumably refers to the arrow logo.

The report I received earlier indicating that the 1969 Colgate helmet featured a version of the "100" logo has been disproven by the photograph below (and others), which reveal that the team actually used a "150" logo, recognizing the college's 150th anniversary. All of the photographs appear to show additional small letters (or something) after the "0", but whatever it is is not legible.


FORDHAM

1983? - 1984? 1996 - 1998 1999? - 2004?
*see note 1 below
2005? - 2011 September 20, 2014 September 19, 2015
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
2012 -
*see note 2 below

I have received very incomplete - and often conflicting - information for this team; following are descriptions of some of Fordham's other historical helmet designs:

*1 It has been reported that a helmet design identical to this one, but with a maroon-white-maroon stripe sequence, was used at some point during the late 1990s.

*2 From 2012 through 2014 the "F" logo was used only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side white uniform numerals were used (as shown below).

*3 Worn during the 2014 game at Columbia.

*4 Worn during the 2015 home game vs Columbia. The red and white "stripes" were present on the left side only of this design; the right side was blue with a pattern of white stars (as represented below).


GEORGETOWN

1964 - 1968 1969 - 1992 1993 - 1999
*see note 1 below
'B' 'C' 'D'
2015 2015 2016 -
*see note 2 below *see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'A'
2000 -

In 2016 Georgetown used two different helmet designs in the following sequence: A-A-D; D-A-D; D-A-A; D-D.

Georgetown used three different helmet designs in 2015 in the following sequence: A-B-B; B-A-C; C-C-C; A-C.

*1 The Georgetown football team played at the club level prior to 1970. In 1970 and 1971, the team played at the NCAA College Division level (precursor to Division II) and moved to Division III in 1972 when the College Division was split. The team moved to Division I-AA in 1992.

*2 The left side of both designs 'B' and 'C' were "blank" but the right sides of both featured the numeral 2 on all helmets (as represented below), in honor of team member Ty Williams, who suffered a serious injury during Georgetown's first game of the 2015 season (at St. Francis (PA)).

*3 The 'bulldog' logo is present on the left side only of this design; the right side features blue uniform numerals (as represented below).


HOLY CROSS

c.1967 c.1971 c.1970s
c.late 1970s - 1984 c.1985 - c.early 1990s c.1992 - 1998?
1999 only? 2000 - 2001 2002; 2005
2003 - 2004; 2006 - 2014 2014 -

Holy Cross has used purple helmets for many consecutive years, but the team is reported to have previously (c.mid 1970s) used white helmets with a purple "HC" logo and purple/white/purple stripes (I have not yet received any photographs verifying this alleged design).

I received a report a few years ago indicating that the 1995 - 1998 helmet design was similar to its predecessor, but with a white "HC" logo on the sides, rather than numerals. I have subsequently received photographs showing that an "HC" logo was in use by at least 1993, and possibly in 1992, also. Below is a photograph from 1993.

Little information has been received for the years prior to 1983.


LAFAYETTE

c.1982 c.1990 ? - 1998
1999 2000 - 2001 2002 - 2003
November 19, 2011 2014 2004 - 2013;
November 22, 2014;
2015 -
*see note 1 below
2016 -

I suspect that there are a large number of other historical helmet designs for this team, though no information has been received for any helmets used during the 1960s and 1970s.

*1 Worn during the 2011 game at Lehigh.


LEHIGH

1960 - 1964 1965 1966 - 1967
1968 - ? ? - 1976 1977
1978 - 1982 1983 - 1984 1985 - 1994
'B' 'A'
1995 - 1997 November 22, 2014; 2015- 1998 -

In 2016 Lehigh used two of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: A-A-A; A-A-B; B-B-B; B-B-A (the last game being a playoff game at New Hampshire)..

In 2015 Lehigh used: A-A-A; A-A-B; B-B-B; B-A.

During at least two games in 1964 Lehigh used a small helmet logo which appears to be a modified version of the cartoon 'engineer' logo shown below. The helmet version appears to lack the train and airplane, and the position of the arm is apparently different. I would appreciate any clearer photographs of this 1964 Lehigh helmet.