Nebraska Football Helmet – A History

Since the 1960s, Nebraska has maintained a very consistent design of a football helmet. They always had a very conservative design; they never had an unusual or unusual design, even for special occasions like Bowl Game. In 1960, Nebraska had a red helmet with a white strip and a number of players on the side (eg 22). In 1961, apparently there were forces that felt that even that design was too diverse and full of action and instead decided to wear a black helmet with black numbers on the side. This helmet design in Nebraska is as clean as you can get for a football helmet. In 1966, the numbers changed to red, and the red vertical line appeared on the helmet for the first time. The white background and red strip have never left the helmet since then.

The red numbers lasted only one regular season before they completely fell out. Instead of the number of players on the side of the helmet, the letters "NU", came to the helm of Sugar Bowl in 1967 and remained 2 full seasons. During the third season with this helmet design (1969), "100" appeared on the front of the soccer helmet. It was in blue color in blue, and the red ones were white numbers. "100" was celebrated 100 years ago from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

From 1970 to 1981, Cornhuskers retained the same design. The helmet had a white background, a red vertical line, and the letter "N" replaced "NU". This football helmet resembles today's design with one exception. In 1982, the team switched from a basic gray mask to a red face mask. Almost 30 years, the same design has remained. "N" is as clear as you can get. It has no serifs and looks like your basic Arial font is the capital letter "N" you can type in any word processing program. Probably fits well into the image of the program as a hard-working, middle western school, where they like to drive the ball to the middle. In many ways this is an antithesis of some of the glittering projects in schools such as Oregon, Maryland and Boise State. There is not even an attractive logo, such as Texas Longhorn or a Florida dive. Looking at this football helmet, you can begin to see why it's cold weather, the Rust Belt Big Ten schools have quickly received Cornhuskers for a full membership in the 2010 conference.