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The Seminole Helmet

The Seminole Helmet

FSU Helmet

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 others.

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.

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