UNLV changing up their helmet design

Written By:  •  Monday, July 16, 2012

UNLV Rebels NCAA Football new helmets - new helmet 2012 white with red outline

The Rebels will sport a slightly tweaked helmet design  for 2012. A little darker silver, grey facemasks, a white UNLV with a red outline, and a large stripe down the center.

UNLV Rebels NCAA Football new helmets - new helmet 2012 front with stripe

Front view, showing the wide stripe

It has been reported that UNLV helmets featured a center stripe from 1968 through 1988, but it has been absent since then and at the time, that it was a Scarlet stripe with a white outline. We have found this to be untrue.

UNLV Rebels NCAA Football new helmets - new helmet 2012 back with stripe

New helmet 2012 back with stripe and uniform number

One of UNLV football’s favorite sons, Randall Cunningham played for them from 1982-1984 and as you can see below, his helmet had a white stripe, bracketed by red, just like the new helmet.

UNLV Rebels NCAA Football new helmets - new helmet 2012 - Cunninghan 1984

Note the more metallic silver, and the Rebels words on the side

Another issue with that above statement, is that in 2008, the team had a single black stripe down the center.

UNLV Rebels NCAA Football new helmets - new helmet 2012 - 2008 team

2008 showed single black stripes on the helmets.

In any case, we believe the stripes and re-coloring look nice. Here is how they looked last year.

UNLV Rebels NCAA Football new helmets - 2011 design

This is the design from 2011, you can see the lack of a stripe

Do you like the new look? Does it make it more legible? Or is this just a small tweak for a small team, and not something you are interested in?



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