Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) adjusts his helmet before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Few Schools have a prouder history than the Trojans, making the USC football helmet one of the most iconic in the nation. With that comes an immense amount of tradition and its good friend, the resistance to change.
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It’s been a major talking point around USC of late, with the Trojans wearing chrome helmets in 2014 and there being never-ending rumors and subsequent fear that more alternates are coming.
But should those rumors be nightmare-inducing?
The first modern USC football helmet came to be in 1950 after the fall of leather helmets, and there have been several changes since, despite the misconception that the Trojans never touch their uniforms.
Let’s walk through all of the lids the team has ever worn.
1950: The First USC Football Helmet
The first hard shell USC football helmet was a simple one, featuring the school’s colors. It had a cardinal shell with a gold stripe that the Trojans would wear throughout the early 1950s, predominantly under head coach Jess Hill.
All-American and Hall of Famer Frank Gifford wore the first helmet, and USC made history in them by winning the 1953 Rose Bowl.
The first change would come five years after their introduction, as the team added a decal for the first time.