Entering its 71st year, the Florida State football helmet has seen more than 20 designs with the current style winning multiple fan favorite comments, including competitions hosted by ESPN, as best college football helmet.
The Florida State gold football helmet featuring garnet spears on either side made its debut in 1976, Bobby Bowden’s first year and has endured for more than 40 years with minor alteration. On the back of the helmet is a feature unique to Florida State. These Tomahawks stickers are awarded to players for outstanding performances in academics as well as athletics.
By contrast, in the 30 years prior to 1976 the helmet design changed frequently. From 1947 to 1963 there were few distinguishing design features but from 1964-68 the helmet featured the outline of the state of Florida with a large Seminole head logo marking FSU’s location in Tallahassee. In 1969 the Seminoles’ helmets commemorated the 100th year of college football with college football’s 100-year logo, a football with the number 100 on it.
From 1970-74, the helmet had a garnet stripe and two white strips down the middle, along with a logo of the state of Florida on the side and the word STATE written through it.
The Florida State helmet design continues to power through trends and remain iconic.