1970's Game Worn


"Ladies and gentlemen, one of the most famous football coaches of all times has just led the Temple Owls to an upset win of Florida and set a record for career wins, one that may never be surpassed. Following their Sugar Bowl heroics, this is indeed a new era for Temple football." Fantasy? The ravings of a madman frustrated with Temple's woeful football legacy? No, this is a glimpse into the unknown and proud past of Temple football, a team led by Glenn "Pop" Warner who won his final record-setting game with the Owls. Yes, the Temple Owls, invited to play in the very first Sugar Bowl game defeated a mighty Tulane Green Wave 20-14. Unfortunately, these wonderful memories date back to the mid-1930's and the modern era has been much tougher. The beautiful cherry red helmet, a distinct shade of red that the Owls introduced to college football, was worn by those who spent the 1950's and '60's as a mediocre entity in the lower end of Eastern College football. Battling the likes of Hofstra, Susquehanna, Gettysburg, and traditional rival Bucknell, Temple gave rise to #39, RB Bill Cosby and little else. Expectations were raised in the 1970's when former Navy head coach Wayne Hardin (see HELMET HUT'S SERIES OF NAVY HELMETS) was hired and systematically upgraded the schedule to include Boston College, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Penn State. He also won, going 80-52-3 from 1970-82. Thus this helmet represents a successful period of transition that took Temple into the big time. Although the past fifteen years have been dismal, this good-looking helmet reminds the faithful that Temple has had success and can do it again!