Submitted by cbrad on June 9th, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Anyone know of a store selling winged helmets for practice purposes in metro Detroit area? My son is going to the big man camp in a couple of weeks and you have to bring your own helmet.

Semi-OT: The winged helmet thread

Semi-OT: The winged helmet thread

Submitted by oriental andrew on February 9th, 2011 at 12:05 PM

NOTE: People couldn't view the images when hotlinked from Helmet Project (Nationalchamps.net), so I copied them all over to imageshack.  Let me know if you're still having issues.

Saw a piece on Pat Devlin's draft prospects (remember him?  Former 4* QB who originally committed to PSU, but transferred to Delaware after 2 seasons, following the Joe Flacco model) and saw his Blue Hen winged helmet.  Made me wonder which college teams are currently sporting these helmets.  So, thanks to wikipedia and the Helmet Project,  I've put together a summary (with images!) of all winged helmets currently used in college today, as well as some historical helmets (ie, no longer used or from defunct teams).  Don't know if I've missed anything while scanning through Helmet Project, but should be as comprehensive a list back to the 1950's as you'll find.  

For additional reference, you can always check out the excellent write-up on the history of Michigan's winged helmet at the UM Bentley Historical Library website.  And because I know some Sparty-sympathizer will bring it up, there is also an unofficial "Official" history of the winged helmet courtesy of Spartan Jerseys (and unlike UM teaching notre dame to play football or our marching band teaching ohio state's how to spell, msu just used it before UM; UM drew no inspiration from them.  If anything, Michigan "inspired" msu to STOP using it after a 50-0 beatdown.).  

Fyi, there are 3 teams in the list called the Wolverines (UM, Grove City, and San Bernadino Valley).  

Div 1 FBS:

University of Michigan  

Div 1 FCS:

Delaware Blue Hens

Princeton Tigers

Div III:

Grove City College (PA) Wolverines

Gustavus Adolphus (MN) Golden Gusties

Middlebury College (VT) Panthers

Nichols College (MA) Bison


San Bernadino Valley (CA) Wolverines


No longer used:

Graceland College (IA) Yellowjackets (NAIA )

Alfred State (NY) Pioneers (JuCo, ?-2009)

Carleton College (MN) Knights (DIII, ?-2000)

Averett College (VA) Cougars (DIII, 2002)

Olivet (MI) Comets (DIII, 2002-2004)

Franklin (IN) Grizzlies (DIII, 1991-1999)

William Paterson (NJ) Pioneers (DIII, 2003-2004)

Southwest Baptist (MO) Bearcats (DII, 2005-2007)

Pace (NY) Setters (DII, ?-2005)

Maine Black Bears (DI-AA, 1951-1975)

British Columbia Lions (CFL, 1950s-1961)

Philadelphia Eagles (NFL, 2007, special throwback helmet)


Defunct teams:

Connecticut Coyotes (Arena, 1996)

Blackburn College (IL) (?-1999)

St Peter's (NJ) (1999-2002, 2005-2006)