During the late 1960s or what Wisconsin football calls their lean years,
the Bucky Badger mascot was placed on each side of the newly painted
cardinal red helmets. As we have stated in the past,
changes to helmet logos and color schemes usually symbolize a failing team's
effort to rebuild it self. This helmet is no exception... but black?
The Savage award is what they called it. The award was presented by the
coaching staff to the most aggressive player of the game. He was issued this
black helmet and was to wear it from that point on, in practice and in all
We were able to spend a little time with DE Bill Gregory (shown above) a 1969
Senior and one of the few recipients of the this rare one year award. As Mr.
Gregory was telling us how this award and helmet came to be, he was
interrupted by a fellow offensive team mate. "Hey
Bill, how come the offense did not have their own award?" Bill
said, "This was a team award; an offensive player could have
won it if you guys didn't stink!" Both laughed and
exchanged a friendly embrace. The mascot was removed the very next year
and the Savage award was no more.