Last Updated on December 5, 2021 by Daniel Cuttridge
Helmet stickers as commonly known around the world sometimes as reward decals. There are also pride stickers, they are all used to display on a high school or college football player’s helmet. They are used most times to show off the player or team’s achievement.
If you are a fan of football, then you must have noticed that in many college football matches each player on the team has stickers placed on their helmet. Well, those stickers are not for media advertising or anything like that, they are just helmet stickers seen as reward decals. In football, there are several football teams playing at the college level. Almost every college in the United States has a football team allocated to them. Every college team has different conditions which they use to select the kinds of stickers used. For instance, we have offense, defense, and special team accomplishments.
Each player putting on that helmet on the field has to respect the stickers because of what they entail. We don’t know what it is all about but it is like a little tradition that they all have. This article today would be telling you what the stickers on the helmets mean. Remember we said every team has its criteria, we will be giving you different teams with each criterion which helps you know the set of players playing their best on the field.
The History Of College Football Stickers
According to history, it is said that this all began in Ohio state, their football trainer in 1968 named Ernie Biggs was trying to do something to make his players motivated as they played the championship campaign. He had to give them stickers that would help them know their different achievements during the game. After he had adopted the idea, different colleges all over the country saw how effective it was on the players and then they all adopted the idea too. Although different colleges started developing different criteria to use before awarding a sticker. The stickers are mostly given out to the players because of their achievements. These stickers are done mainly because some of these achievements were thrown out of history so the stickers are used to remind the players that the team is appreciating their efforts. It is just a ritual thing that has been placed in most of the player’s heads.
Ohio State Buckeyes Helmet Stickers
The name Ohio state Buckeyes was gotten from a popular tree named buckeye. It is found mainly in the Midwest and it has three to six points on every leaf. One time, an issue arose that the leaves looked just like marijuana leaves. Now, the buckeye sticker has its set of accomplishment rules too. For instance, in a single match, the defense is able to get five three and outs, the players will become liable for the buckeye sticker. Also, if the offense can make up to ten plays in a single game and gain 12 yards, the whole offense players would be given the. Sticker.
Recently, Ohio State is focused more on what the team can do instead of giving accolades to only one player. This is only normal because everybody has a selfish bone in the body, this means that every player can pursue personal glory without making the team get a good win.
Michigan State Helmet Stickers
Michigan State gives out a sticker shaped in a block of S and sometimes a Spartan spear sticker. Every player on the team gets an S for every single game the Spartans win. The sticker is placed on the right side of their helmet following their tradition. The spear sticker is given to the player that gives the team good points coupled with field excellence.
Florida State Helmet Stickers
Florida, they have successfully given each player they have good ways to either win or lose stickers. Their motto says that as long as the head coach gave it to you, he can take it back from you when he feels like you don’t deserve it anymore. Just like the usual, the players are given their tickets based on their performance on the field. This goes for both the defense and offense. In the same way you got that sticker, you also stand a chance to lose it if you cost the team any unnecessary penalties or losses.
Georgia Bones Helmet Stickers
The Georgia team has started using stickers sincere the year 1971, just three years after Ohio State created the whole thing. They stopped this whole thing later on. They brought it back again in 2001 after they played against the Bones, they awarded their players with stickers based on merit. Georgia is not like other schools when it comes to awarding these stickers because they do not have any specific way in which they follow when awarding the stickers to players. The coach gives it to you if he feels like you earned it.
Northwestern Helmet Stickers
These guys are funny, they only give out their stickers to players during winning seasons. The players get these stickers and keep them throughout their career in college football.
Purdue Train Helmet Stickers
Purdue stickers are also known as the boilermaker special. Well, the name isn’t that important, they give out their stickers based on the performance on the field. They stopped giving out these stickers at some point in 2006 but then it started again when Neil Armstrong died.
Stanford Axe Helmet Stickers
Players are given the Stanford ax stickers when the team gets one achievement for the year. They have to win their biggest rival Cal. They started this in 2009 for the practice sessions and performances during the game.
Tennessee 63 Helmet Stickers
Butch Jones created a tradition in this team where the stickers on the helmets would be given out to the players only if every play takes six seconds and three efforts.
Seeing as we now know some of the stickers from each team and what they entail, hopefully, we have been able to educate you on helmet stickers in football.