UGA Football Helmet Project
All of the following information was discovered through Patrick's personal extensive research and is not considered "official" in accordance to the University of Georgia. If you have any additional details/information or believe some sort of error or omission has been made, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1890s to 1920s
George Butler (1893)
1900 Georgia-GA Tech game
1912 Georgia-GA Tech game
Charlie Wiehrs (1923)
Homer Key (1931)
Jack Griffith and Homer Key (1932)
1941 to 1951
Frank Sinkwich and Lamar "Racehorse" Davis (1941)
Louis Woodruff (1941)
FRANK SINKWICH (1941)
Frank Sinkwich vs. Columbia in 1941
JOHN RAUCH (1946)
Billy Henderson at top, No. 76 Herb St. John at bottom in 1947
1952 to 1955
John Carson in 1952
Joe O'Malley in 1954
1955 UGA-Clemson game
1956 to 1958
Gene Littleton in 1956
Billy Hearn in 1956
Jimmy Orr in 1957
1959 to 1961
Charley Britt in 1959
1962 Georgia-Clemson game
1962 Georgia-Florida St. game
Wally Williamson in 1962
Larry Rakestraw in 1963
1964 to 1976
No. 53 Jack Davis, Leon Armbrester at bottom in 1964
Mack Faircloth in 1964
Taking field for season opener of 1969
James Ray in 1970
Phil Sullivan at top, Chuck Heard at bottom during 1970 GA Tech game
Andy Johnson in 1971
Phil Sullivan in 1971
Butch Box in 1975
Ben Zambiasi in 1976
1977 to 1995
Jeff Pyburn in 1977
Erk Russell and Vince Dooley in '77Norris Brown during '83 Sugar Bowl
In 1982, or for the second time in just six years, Georgia featured a helmet decal in memory of a deceased teammate. In the summer of '82 just prior to his senior season, lineman Phil Gray was killed in a farming accident. For the season, the Bulldogs wore black hearts on the back of their helmets in memory of Gray.
Daryll Jones in 1983
Andre "Pulpwood" Smith in 1984
For the 1983 season, the Bulldogs featured a small black logo on the back of their helmets depicting the official logo of the state of Georgia's 250th year anniversary. The state was founded in 1733 when General James Oglethorpe landed at what is now Savannah.
After several years of exhibiting the name of their helmet's manufacturer, the Bulldogs began featuring "DAWGS" on the front nameplate decal of their headgear in 1984. To date, Georgia continues to sport this front decal.
Rodney Hampton in '89 Peach Bowl
During seven seasons from 1983 to 1989, twenty "bone" stickers were given out to players who made game-winning or game-saving plays, beginning with roverback Terry Hoage for his game-saving tipped pass against Vanderbilt in '83. The bones were distributed for 12 different games, no player ever received more than one, and the stickers were displayed at the front of the helmet. The final bones were awarded to snapper Jimps Cole, safety Ben Smith, and tailback Rodney Hampton for their efforts against Florida in 1989.
John Allen in 1991
In 1991, head coach Ray Goff ended a 20-year tradition by discontinuing the white stars on the back of the players' helmets. Apparently, Goff and his staff felt the stickers had become too "individualistic."
At the request of the seniors on the team, the Bulldogs altered their helmet design for just one game during the 1991 season—the Independence Bowl versus Arkansas—by wearing a black facemask and adding a black stripe to the existing centered white stripe.
Robert Edwards in 1994
Players wore a black heart on their helmets throughout the 1994 season. The sticker was in memory of those who died in (or whose lives were shattered by) flooding that damaged parts of the state that year, as well as in memory of former SEC commissioner Boyd McWhorter and acclaimed writer and Bulldog superfan Lewis Grizzard.
1996 to 2000
Jermaine Smith (1996)
Hines Ward (1997)
Champ Bailey (1998)
When Jim Donnan became the Bulldogs' head coach in 1996, he slightly changed the helmet design by adding a black stripe to the centered white stripe (similarly to the two-tone stripe Georgia wore for the 1991 Independence Bowl).
During the 1997 season, Georgia featured an "NCAA" football logo, which was worn by other teams, as well.
For 1998, the NCAA logo changed in design from the year before. In seasons to follow, the Bulldogs began sporting an SEC logo instead of one from the NCAA.
Cory Robinson (1999- LSU)
Just hours after Georgia defeated Central Florida in the third game of the 1999 season, offensive line coach Pat Watson suffered a heart attack and would pass away later that night. In memory of Watson, the team displayed a white "PW" decal on the right side at the back of its helmet for the LSU game.
Raised "PW" helmet following victory in 2000 Outback Bowl
The "PW" decal was worn by the team throughout the rest of the '99 campaign.
2001 to Present
Jasper Sanks (2001)
When the Bulldogs opened their 2001 season against Arkansas State under new head coach Mark Richt, the team had dropped Coach Donnan's black stripe and returned to the same helmet design from 1977 to 1995 (although Richt's white stripe is supposedly slightly wider than the one featured during the Dooley and Goff eras).
David Pollack (2004)
Although the Richt regime returned the Bulldogs to a more traditional helmet design, a new tradition of sorts began under the head coach with the adding and changing of helmet decals at a near furious pace. It started in Richt's first season when Georgia began issuing award decals for the first time in over a decade. Starting in 2001 and continuing today, players are given white and black bones—white bones for onfield performance and black bones for academic performance.
Verron Haynes (2001)
Jon Stinchcomb (2001)Musa Smith (2003 Sugar Bowl)
Immediately following the 9/11 tragedy, Bulldog players featured an American Flag decal on the left side at the back of their helmets.
After standout defensive lineman David Jacobs suffered a career-ending stroke in a mid-November practice in 2001, teammates featured a "99" decal—Jacobs' jersey number—on their helmets. Like pictured Stinchcomb, some players placed the sticker on the centered white stripe, while others placed them towards the back near the left ear hole. Also highlighted in this photo is the "SEC" decal worn at the time.
Through the 2013 season, Georgia had made trips to three BCS bowls—all of which were Sugar Bowl appearances in 2003, 2006, and 2008. For all three games, the Bulldogs featured a "Bowl Championship Series" decal on the centered white stripe of their helmets.
David Greene (2003)
Brandon Coutu (2004)
Brannan Southerland (2005)
After UGA defensive back Decory Bryant suffered a career-ending neck injury against Alabama-Birmingham in 2003, Bulldog players featured a white No. 22 (Bryant's jersey number) decal on the back left side of their helmets.
From 2001 until 2004, the American Flag decal was moved back and forth on the back of Georgia's helmet until settling on the right side, where it remains today. The actual design of the team's American Flag has varied over the years.
Following the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Bulldogs, like a number of schools in the area, exhibited a helmet sticker including the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to honor the victims of the storm.
Thomas Brown (2006)
Following the death of the aforementioned Erk Russell on September 8, 2006, the Georgia football team paid tribute to its one-time legendary assistant coach by wearing a black "ERK" decal on the back of its helmet.
Tripp Chandler (2007)
Demiko Goodman (2008)
During the 2007 season, a black "TEAM" sticker was placed approximately where the "ERK" decal had been located.
For discovering this one, I can thank my 6-year-old son, Trip, who saw a photo from the 2008 Georgia-GA Southern game and asked, "Daddy, what did the 'JW' sticker mean?" After former Bulldog snapper Josh Willis of Americus was killed in a car accident on Feb. 4, 2008, Georgia featured a black "JW" decal just above the American flag on the back of its helmets for the first two games of the 2008 season.
Shaun Chapas (2009)
For the second game of the 2009 season, Bulldog players wore stickers on their helmets honoring the Georgia-based 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during their game against South Carolina.
2009 UGA-Florida game
In a change in uniform, and a 41-17 loss—both occurrences many Georgia fans would like to forget—the Bulldogs wore an alternate outfit for their game against No. 1-ranked Florida in 2009. The new uni included a black helmet with a red facemask, and an oval "G" outlined in red.
Israel Troupe (2009)
Darryl Gamble (2009)
By the Auburn game in 2009, some players displayed a big black bone sticker at the bottom-right on the back of their helmets, which evidently acknowledged grade point averages of 3.0 to 4.0 (notice Troupe's "3.0"). Also against Auburn, the Bulldogs honored injured UGA baseball player Chance Veazey by wearing helmet decals of a baseball with the letters "CV."
Capping the season of seemingly endless helmet/decal changes and additions, the Bulldogs featured a black-boned "UGA VII" sticker beginning with the 2009 Kentucky game in memory of school mascot Uga VII, who died of heart failure on November 19th of that year.
Hutson Mason (2010)
For the final few games of the Bulldogs' 2010 regular season, players featured an "MSU 36 NB" decal on the back of their helmets. The sticker was in memory of Miss. State's Nick Bell, who passed away earlier that season from cancer. Bell's final game came against Georgia that same year.
Less than two years after the uniform snafu against Florida in 2009, Georgia again donned a one-game alternate uniform for its 2011 season opener. Facing Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Bulldogs dressed in their Nike Pro Combat uniform, which included a silver helmet with a broad (and I mean broad) red centered stripe spilling over on a primarily black facemask.
Bruce Figgins (2011)
For the sixth game of the 2011 season against Tennessee, the Bulldogs wore a pink bow decal with “KDF” initials in tribute to Bruce Figgins' mother, who is battling breast cancer. Figgins continued wearing the sticker in games that followed.
Aaron Murray (2011)
Greg Pyke (2013)
Todd Gurley (2014)
Jeb Blazevich (2014)
Following the death of Larry Munson on November 20, 2011, the team honored the long-time "Voice of the Bulldogs" by wearing a decal depicting Munson for its final regular-season game against Georgia Tech and for the SEC Championship Game versus LSU.
Raising awareness that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and in working with the nonprofit Curing Kids Cancer, Bulldog players featured a white Coaches Curing Kids Cancer logo on their helmets for their 2013 home opener on September 7th vs. South Carolina.
Four days following the death of Paul Oliver—a standout Bulldog cornerback from 2004 to 2006—Georgia players featured a helmet decal of Oliver's initials and his jersey #8 for their game against LSU in 2013.
A week after his death at 93 years old, Georgia athletics icon Dan Magill was honored beginning the 2014 season by the team donning a helmet decal spelling "MAGILL" with the Georgia power "G" used in the lettering. Magill was involved in numerous roles with Bulldog athletics from the 1930s through his retirement in 1995, including as sports information director, head men's tennis coach, and founder of the Georgia Bulldog Club.
As part of the "Blow the Whistle on Kids Cancer!" campaign, and as was the case the season before, Georgia wore "Players Curing Kids Cancer" helmet stickers for its game against South Carolina in 2014.
2015 vs. South Carolina
Since September is both Prostate Cancer and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Georgia honored both causes against South Carolina in 2015 by wearing respective decals. The Prostate Cancer decal included the name "SLIVE" for former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, who battled prostate cancer.
For the Southern U. game in 2015, Georgia replaced the SEC "SLIVE" sticker with a standard red and white SEC decal. In that game, Southern player Devon Gales suffered a spinal injury. Rallying around the severely injured Gales, UGA was supportive in many ways, including wearing a "33" (Gales' jersey number) decal for the Bulldogs' next game vs. Alabama.