TWENTY COOLEST FOOTBALL HELMETS FROM DEFUNCT COLLEGE PROGRAMS

dog-in-football-uniformWith so many divisions of college football not playing any games this fall, Balladeer’s Blog’s readers have been asking for at least SOME kind of additional pigskin content. In that spirit here’s a look at some of the coolest football helmets from now-defunct college programs.

Enjoy this latest Top 20 List For 2020:

Canisius golden griffinsCANISIUS COLLEGE GOLDEN GRIFFINS

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 2002

Comment: “Oh, those Golden Griffins/ Oh, those Golden Griffins” … Remember the Golden Grahams commercial? Oh, forget it.

Cal State northridge matadorsCAL STATE-NORTHRIDGE MATADORS

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 2001

Comment: The name Matadors is cool if you remind yourself that no bulls were killed during any of this team’s football games.

evansville purple acesUNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE PURPLE ACES

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 1997

Comment: Purple helmets never fail to catch the eye and there’s a certain Riverboat Gambler feel to the name Purple Aces.

chicago circle chikasUNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO CIRCLE CHIKAS

Division: NCAA Div 2

Dropped Football: 1973

Comment: That was certainly a fairly unique helmet logo to go along with the unique name Chikas.

oregon tech hustlin owlsOREGON TECH HUSTLIN’ OWLS

Division: NAIA

Dropped Football: 1992

Comment: Whatever you do, do not play pool with these owls, people! They will hustle you!

Boston U TerriersBOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 1997

Comment: As always, the dog lover in me just can’t resist a team named after pooches … even though the logo doesn’t show the dog in question.

Concordia (AL) HornetsCONCORDIA COLLEGE HORNETS

Division: USCAA

Dropped Football: 2015

Comment: What a terrible shame to let such kickass helmets go unused now! 

fairfield stagsFAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY STAGS

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 2002

Comment: The Stags hockey team has become THE team to watch at Fairfield in recent years but I still miss their football program.

la salle explorersLA SALLE UNIVERSITY EXPLORERS

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 2007

Comment: Great team name and helmets that were a cool shoutout to the explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.

new jersey city u gothic knightsNEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY GOTHIC KNIGHTS

Division: NCAA Div 3

Dropped Football: 2003

Comment: You have got to love an unusual team name like Gothic Knights and that was one great logo!

Menlo Oaks helmetMENLO COLLEGE OAKS

Division: NAIA

Dropped Football: 2014

Comment: The Oaks still shine at basketball and other sports but said goodbye to their football team, unfortunately. 

wichita state shockersWICHITA STATE SHOCKERS

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 1986

Comment: You may think their name is Shockers as in Wichita Power Company/ Wichita Lineman but actually Shockers is short for Wheatshockers. It’s similar to the way the Trolleydodgers eventually became just the Dodgers.

haskell indiansHASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY INDIANS

Division: NAIA

Dropped Football: 2014

Comment: There was always something incredibly majestic about these helmets! 

hofstra prideHOFSTRA UNIVERSITY FLYING DUTCHMEN

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 2009

Comment: The Flying Dutchmen changed their quirkily enjoyable team name to “the Pride” and ultimately dropped football completely.

iona gaelsIONA COLLEGE GAELS

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 2008

Comment: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams were ditching football almost all at once at the turn of the century.

saint peters peacocksSAINT PETER’S COLLEGE PEACOCKS

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 2006

Comment: With apologies to Michigan, there is just something very eye-catching about these helmets.

Tampa SpartansUNIVERSITY OF TAMPA SPARTANS

Division: NCAA Div 2

Dropped Football: 1974

Comment: Maybe I’m alone on this, but I get a real kick out of the highly stylized rendition of the letters “UT” on these lids.

xavier musketeersXAVIER UNIVERSITY MUSKETEERS

Division: NCAA Div 1

Dropped Football: 1973

Comment: Musketeers has got to be one of the coolest team names ever, but unfortunately that coolness seldom translated to gridiron success.

belleville lynxUNIVERSITY OF LINDENWOOD AT BELLEVILLE LYNX

Division: NAIA

Dropped Football: 2018

Comment: The Lynx always had a certain panache, as exemplified by their helmets.

urbana blue knightsURBANA UNIVERSITY BLUE KNIGHTS

Division: NCAA Div 2

Dropped Football: 2020

Comment: After following the Blue Knights from their NAIA years through their move to NCAA Division 2 awhile back, I was sad to see that this entire school – not just the football team – folded.

Helmets courtesy of the Helmet Project. 

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8 responses to “TWENTY COOLEST FOOTBALL HELMETS FROM DEFUNCT COLLEGE PROGRAMS

  1. Dang, man, that was a stupendous read! In spite oft he “sad” or regretful that goes with it all, it put me to mind of the “olden days.” Watching television in B&W which was hardly visible sometimes for all the fuzz. Names like Hopalong Cassidy – geeze, I can smell turkey in the oven. Ah yes, football was football then. No hype, no overpaid analysts, you got to watch the bands march at halftime, no mega-million primadonnas… Great reas, man, great read!

  2. This is great.

    I’ve read that Wichita State was/is exploring a return to playing football.

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