IU Takes Delivery of New Football Helmets
Aug 21, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - New helmets for Indiana University's football team started to arrive today at Memorial Stadium. A set of five new helmets will join last year's red, interlocking IU helmet for a new helmet inventory that has been extremely well received by Hoosier Nation. Director of Football Equipment Operations, and new father, Mitch Gudmundson along with Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass accepted delivery of the new helmets. Gudmundson and his staff are now busy preparing the helmets for the season.
A video revealing the five new helmet designs to the football team has received more than 300,000 views on YouTube (most viewed video ever produced by IU Athletics) and has been replayed by countless media outlets from across the country. The helmets feature a mix of new and old designs including the liberty and enlightenment torch from the state flag of Indiana, the "Block I" helmets worn by John Pont and Bill Mallory's teams, a throwback two-tone design with the player's numbers on the side reminiscent of helmets worn by IU in the 1950's, another version of the two-tone helmet with the interlocking IU on the side, and a "candy striped" chrome helmet. The various designs were created by Riddell Sports, Inc. and Hydro Graphics, Inc., with inspiration for some helmets coming from Johnny King, owner of Johnny King Design. Indiana will combine the helmets with its traditional uniform jersey and pants. In addition to the new chrome helmets, IU football has repainted existing helmets in new styles and is using interchangeable decals on the helmets for the different design variations ensuring maximum cost efficiency.
"This great combination of tradition and innovation in our football helmets has been very well received by our fans, current players and prospective student-athletes, as well as other icons of Indiana University athletics", said Glass. "We believe these helmets will help to generate excitement for our program and honor our traditions while also underscoring our commitment to future football success at Indiana".
As seen in a social media preview on June 3, the new helmets were enthusiastically received by the current players; IU football luminaries such as Anthony Thompson, Don Fischer, and Bill Mallory; as well as by former IU basketball players Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, and Christian Watford. The helmets were selected after screening several prototypes.
"When I saw them the first time, it almost made me faint. I love the new helmets", said Senior running back Stephen Houston. "It has the tradition, but at the same time we're starting a new trend here and moving forward. This was one of the best steps to take."
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