Florida State's trademark gold helmet with garnet and white spear is
well known throughout all of college football. This design was first
introduced during Bobby Bowden's first year as head coach in 1976. Prior
to that season, FSU had used a variety of different helmets ranging from
gold with a garnet FSU, blank gold with garnet and white striping, an
image of the state of Florida with STATE running down it, and various
For one season in 1962 the Florida State Seminoles took the field with
three different helmets. Coach Bill Peterson's three-team system
featured the two-way Chiefs, the defensive Renegades and the offensive
Warriors. Each group wore a different helmet. By 1963 the Seminoles were
back to just one helmet, an all-gold version which once again lasted
just one season as the word "STATE" was added to the helmet in 1964.
Florida State's coaching staff and academic staff award tomahawk decals
to individual players for great plays or contributions on the field and
in the classroom. Players may get a tomahawk for a crucial play, a
score, a touchdown, saving tackle or various other achievements on the
field. In 1997, the Seminoles began receiving tomahawks for outstanding
academic achievements as well. They look identical except the word
academics runs down the handle of the tomahawk.
What many fans don't know is that Florida State players can lose
tomahawks as well. Poor performance on the field or in the classroom can
cause a player to be stripped of the coveted decals.