NFL Honors 150th Anniversary Of First College Football Game With School-Specific Helmet Decals

Written By:  •  Monday, November 4, 2019

This week marks the 150th anniversary of college football’s first game, which is why the National Football League allowed players from the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants to wear helmet decals with their alma mater’s logo during Monday Night Football.

The first college football game took place on Nov. 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton. The Scarlet Knights — then known as the Queensmen — won 6-4. 

College football programs across the country have worn either a CFB150 patch on their jerseys, a helmet decal or throwback uniforms to mark the momentous occasion. But this is the first time this season the NFL has acknowledged the anniversary of the game that turned many of its athletes into household names.

It’s just too bad this is a one-time thing instead of a permanent fixture on the back of the players’ helmet.

Photo via @dallascowboys on Twitter

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Andrew Lind is the Ohio State football beat writer and photographer at Buckeye Sports Bulletin; founder and graphic designer of The Ohio State Uniform Database; and the NCAA Writer for Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewMLind.