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[when?] shown on ESPN[citation needed], 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[when?] 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]

Division I FCS colleges[edit]

Discontinued usage[edit]

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