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The Evolution of the UK football helmet

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Check out this cool graphic showing all of the UK football helmets over the years, via The Helmet Project.

Which is your favorite?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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61 Comments for The Evolution of the UK football helmet



  1. for realz
    2:32 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    the years with the question marks are awesome, they should bring that back



  2. ONE LETTER !
    2:33 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    power K … all day



  3. Helmet man
    2:34 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Love helmets, but did anyone from KSR go to today’s coaches luncheon to give an update?



  4. dy9asty
    2:34 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    73-74 for me.



  5. Bourbon
    2:36 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    73-74



  6. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    2:36 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    3 – I watched the stream, there was nothing new to report, other than Mark Stoops wore a blue blazer.



  7. Easydoesit
    2:36 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    the question mark helmets should have been employed over the last 3 years



  8. lil c
    2:39 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    73-74 for sure!!



  9. jcatron
    2:39 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    97-02



  10. SuperTroy
    2:41 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I love the ’73-’74 and October 2, 2004 helmets. They should make those an alternate helmet. I’d rather have the big “K” than the UK. Always thought those were timeless. If they’re updated a bit, could be very cool. I’m all for different combos with the jerseys. Our colors are much cooler than Oregon’s so they would never look as ugly. Throw in some silver in there, and they could be epic.



  11. If
    2:41 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Please for the love of God let us use the 73-74 helmets once a year from now until I die or the football team disbands.



  12. 73-74
    2:41 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    73-74 is by far the best, though I like the “power K” as #2 calls it, and frankly I like that we used to be bama style just numbers. It is most interesting that it seems we have fallen into a lull with updates lately, that through the years we changed as often as every 3-5 years, maybe with the new black/grey helmets Stoops will take care of that. I think just the state of kentucky shape would be friggin bad ass we are KYs team after all and #louisvilledoesn’texist



  13. malibuken
    2:41 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    1973-74. Pretty sweet



  14. rainman
    2:44 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    75-92 Regular “K”!



  15. UK
    2:46 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I agree on the 73-74 helmets as well as the power K….but I really like the 72 helmet for whatever reason



  16. ian
    2:50 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I might be in the minority here, but i kinda dont like how kentucky basically dropped the wildcat logo, still used rarely but mostly they just use the UK now. i like the 90s logo with the wildcat reaching out from behind the UK



  17. Kansas K
    2:50 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Looks too much like Kansas when you just use the K. I know it’s old school, but people either think Kansas or Krzyzewski when they just see a K.



  18. Buddha
    2:52 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    all blue no stripe!

    2001- 2010

    But make the facemask platinum for 2013



  19. GP
    2:55 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I like the originality of the 72, but I totally want us to reuse the 90-96.



  20. JT
    2:56 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    The one from October 2nd, 2004 is a neat one, they should bring that one back.



  21. jcam1980
    2:58 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    The best 2 are the ones with the Wildcat head with the outline of the state. Says, this state is a Wildcat State!!!



  22. Honky Kong
    2:59 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    1990-96 was my favorite



  23. communistbasketball
    3:03 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    10, no way you will ever EVER see that helmet from October 2, 2004 again. One of most embarassing losses in program history was in that helmet at home against Ohio. I like the helmet used from ’90-96 that was white with black facemeask, blue stripe, block Uk on the side. Doesn’t get any better than that!



  24. Good times
    3:04 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I must be the only one that thinks the 73-74 helmets are horrendous. Easily my least favorite of the bunch. Favorite is probably the 90-96 as the K shows we represent the state in a much less gawdy way. Also, I have a soft spot for the 72′ helmet, but wouldn’t want that to be their every game helmet.



  25. communistbasketball
    3:05 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    If you have never been to the website that the info for this post came from google “the helmet project” awesome sight amazing the kind of time the guy has put into it. Helmets from every college program in the country along with CFL, NFL, DII, DIII, NAIA etc from last 25-50 years



  26. Good times
    3:11 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Also, interesting to note is that the more successful programs (the Alabamas and Georgias) tend to have less variations of their helmet over the years. I guess flashy new helmets are used to distract disgruntled fan bases. 🙂



  27. trey
    3:18 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    73-74 by far. The retro wildcat needs an immediate comeback in some way



  28. Rockfield, KY
    3:19 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    81-89



  29. DREWBLUE
    3:21 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    73-74 along with the same Wildcat emblem at midfield.



  30. whysoserious
    3:23 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I am a U of L fan, but I can remember I totally dug those 73-74 helmets way back in the day. Those are just tight.



  31. Laker Cat 18
    3:30 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care what they look like as long as they’re Riddell. Schutt helmets suck.



  32. jlove
    3:31 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    ’73-74, but I never anticipated that would be the clear favorite. It’s simple but different from every other team that just throws their logo on their helmet.



  33. JR
    3:35 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I like the 97-02. Also the Blue UK of recent. Should do that with the multiple white stripes. That would be a good touch



  34. brian
    3:40 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    17. What people? Kansas has never used just a K, they always use the KU logo. And if the first thing someone thinks of when they see the Power K is Coach Krzyzewski then they have a pretty big hard on for him or an unhealthy hatred/obsession for him. Those are two of the worst reasons I’ve ever heard against the Power K. Well actually they’re the only ones I’ve ever heard. You probably shouldn’t speak for “people”.



  35. Eight Letters
    3:43 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Bring back the “Black Watch” Defense. Let he players earn the black face mask and helmet trim.



  36. pfife
    3:44 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    The funny thing about the ‘power K’ and old Wilcat logo is that you have to pay Nike extra for their ‘vintage’ line of apparel to get them.



  37. clam
    3:44 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Give me the “power K,” please! I love that look. I just don’t want the 1990-6 version with the black face mask, because it brings back too many awful memories of the Bill Curry years. The 70s and 80s versions were awesome. Now can we also have Mark Higgs wearing one?



  38. WeAreUK69
    3:51 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    90-92 Blue face mask & the Power K !!



  39. RYNE
    4:02 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I wish they would go back to the “Power K”, or the wildcat on the 2004 helmet. If I had to chose I would go with power K



  40. OBUMMER
    4:19 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I have that 73 – 74 helmet



  41. 9-asty
    5:13 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t remember the black face masks, but those look like crap. I’m not a big fan of any of the blue helmets either. Keep em white and fresh.



  42. NotSatire
    5:34 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I’d like to see a matte black helmet with a big blue K on it.



  43. niaps
    5:38 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    97 to 2002 by far the best. The old block K on the side always made me think it was the Kick our asses years. The state outline way to unrecognizable unless up close just a bad blur from the stands. Always thought a Wildcat Claw would be cool too complete with scratch marks.



  44. Mr. Wrestling II
    5:42 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    73-74 (and October 2004) need to make a comeback–I would also request the Colts-esque jersey the Cats wore on October 2004.



  45. Ltm
    7:02 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I like the power K. It looks the best.



  46. Tooblueforyou
    7:07 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Bass boat blue has been my fav for a while



  47. grumpycat
    7:33 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    73-74



  48. Big Blue Earl
    7:44 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I have always liked the Blue helmets compared to the White ones



  49. Go Cats
    8:01 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Have always loved the Power K and the State with the Cat head



  50. Football time in the Bluegrass..
    8:07 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink


  51. Larry
    9:37 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Those Nike concept helmets are sweet. Check those out on the link above. Hope Coach Stoops sees them. The blue with the UK logo and cat are awesome. I vote for the bright royal blue ones. I think they would look great with all blue jerseys or the away unis.



  52. Cody
    10:00 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    1972 is the bomb!



  53. the Captain
    10:06 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    The K looks the best. 90-96, but could use better color face guard.



  54. dWade
    10:14 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    97-02



  55. Yep
    11:12 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    The Charles Sollars UK Concept Helmet is the best I’ve seen, instant classic.



  56. T.J Harrel
    11:23 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Copied directly from house of blue forum



  57. Kentuckiana Kat
    12:13 am August 3, 2013 Permalink

    After seeing the new gray helmet, it is difficult to pick, but I vote ’97-’02



  58. YSR2KSR
    12:25 am August 3, 2013 Permalink

    gotta do 73-74 when playing uk teams. all blue with numbers only on side for sec games. 72 for non bcs oppentents. and the new black matte ones once a season for getting the crowds wild cat



  59. YSR2KSR
    12:31 am August 3, 2013 Permalink

    sorry meant 73-74 when playing ky teams (specifically would be friggin awesome if when playing lville they wore the same helmet in a red version with a cardinal and the commonwealth outline) not uk teams. its late



  60. Go Big Blue
    9:05 am August 3, 2013 Permalink

    50/51 Nike helmets are awesome!! I think we need one that has a wildcat on it. LSU and Ark have the coolest Nike helmets. When I first started looking at this I was power K but I think we need a break from our football tradition and move into a new era.



  61. GRob
    3:15 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    ’70-’71. Awesome.