By Mike Jones on November 7, 2018 at 10:13 am
Iowa's flag helmet.

via @HawkeyeFootball


Iowa is paying tribute to Veterans by wearing alternative helmets for Saturday’s game against Northwestern. Per Hawkeye Football:

The American flag helmets are something we’ve seen before, as Iowa first wore them against Michigan in 2011 (they won that game if you recall), and has adorned them on and off since. What’s entirely new, though, is the #24 displayed on every helmet. Per Iowa’s press release:

The biggest change from year's past will be on the left side of the helmet where every Hawkeye player will wear a gold numeral 24 in honor of Nile Kinnick. Winner of the 1939 Heisman Trophy, Kinnick, was born 100 years ago (1918 in Adel, Iowa) and died 75 years ago (1943 in the Gulf of Paria off the coast of Venezuela). His jersey No. 24 is one of two retired numbers for the football program; Iowa Stadium was renamed Kinnick Stadium in 1972.

It's never a bad time to honor Nile Kinnick. The American flag helmets look darn good every time the Hawkeyes wear them and will unfortunately be the closest thing that Iowa gets to an alternate uniform all season:

Oh well. Go America Awesome!

View 16 Comments