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PHOTO
DESCRIPTION
YEARS USED
COMMENTS
PHOTO UNAVAILABLE
 
Brown or black leather helmet, of various styles.
 
1917-1933
 
No particular brand or style was worn during these years, and a few players, up through 1928, played bare-headed!
 
White leather helmet, maroon or dark frontal wing with dark or maroon stripes running from front to back of cener of helemt and on either side.
 
1934
 
Secondary type leather helmet worn by a few players during this season.
 
Dark or Maroon leather helmet, white painted leather stripes starting from top and running down front, sides, and back of helmet.
 
1934
 
Predominant helmet worn during 1934, although another type of leather helmet was worn during the same season (see above).
 
White leather with maroon ear flaps, maroon stripe from front to back intersected by maroon stripe running from side to side.
 
1935
   
 
Maroon leather helmet, white frontal wing with stripe from front to back intersected by white stripe running from side to side.
 
1936-1943
 
Very popular Texas A&M leather helmet look, as this helmet was worn by the 1939 National Championship team, of which my second cousin was a member, and recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of that squad.
 
White leather with maroon ear flaps, maroon stripe from front to back intersected by maroon stripe running from side to side.
 
1943-1945
 
Dates are uncertain, but evidence shows that A&M was wearing these helmets in 1943, in tandem with the above leather helmets. These helmets were also worn in 1935.
 
Maroon shell with white stripe.
 
1946-1948
Photo evidence suggests that this football helmet was worn in 1947, and may have been worn in 1948. Helmet shells are Riddell RK.
 
White shell with maroon stripe.
 
1949-1954
 
The great Aggie teams of the 1950s wore this helmet, including Coach "Bear" Bryant's Aggies. Helmet shells are Riddell RK.
 
White shell with maroon stripe, gray facemask.
 
1955-1956
 
Only change is the addition of facemasks. Helmet shells are Riddell.
 
White shell with black player number on sides, gray facemask.
 
1957-1958
 
Only change is the addition of player numbers. Helmet shells are Riddell.
 
White shell with gray or plastic facemask.
 
1959-1962
 

Photo evidence suggests that some players may have worn a thin maroon lightning bolt on the sides of these helmets in 1962. More information concerning the lightning bolts can be found on the excellent Helmet Hut website, with information furnished by Dr. Ken Leistner.

Helmet shells are Riddell and Wilson.

 
Maroon shell. Gray facemasks. Photo evidence also shows that several players wore helmets with a white stripe during this year as well.
 
1963
 
These helmets were worn for the majority of the 1963 season, and numbers were added on the sides for the last game of the season against Texas. Helmet shells are Riddell and Wilson.
 
Maroon shell with white stripe, white player numbers on side. Gray facemasks
 
1964
 
A&M also added a single white stripe. Helmet shells are Riddell and Wilson.
 
Maroon shell, aTm on sides in white. A and M are small and even with the baseline of the larger "T"ray facemasks
 
1965-1971
 
The predominant helmet worn during the Gene Stallings years. Helmet shells are Wilson, Riddell, and Macgregor.
 
White shell, aTm on sides in maroon. A and M are small and even with the baseline of the larger "T". Gray facemasks
 
1972-1977
 
This look was introduced under the tenure of Coach Emory Bellard. It would change for one season in 1978. Helmet shells are Macgregor and Rawlings.
 
White shell, aTm on sides in maroon. A and M are larger and on either side of the larger "T". Maroon-large white-maroon stripes, gray facemasks
 
1978*
 
These helmets were worn for all of the 1978 season, except for the Texas game and the bowl game, and the stripes added reflected the wide stripes on the A&M jerseys. Helmet shells are Macgregor and Rawlings.
 
White shell, aTm on sides in maroon. A and M are larger and on either side of the larger "T", gray facemasks
 
1978*
 
This helmet was first seen in the Texas game, and it also was worn for the 1978 Hall of Fame Bowl against Iowa State. On a side note, in both games, the Aggies wore new white jerseys with maroon and gray stripes on the sleeves, and maroon numbers outlined in gray, with "TEXAS A&M" in maroon on the front outlined in gray. Helmet shells are Macgregor and Rawlings.
 
Maroon shell (began wearing metallic maroon shell in 2000), aTm on sides in white. A and M are larger and on either side of the larger "T", maroon facemasks
 
1999-2003
 
Same helmet as below, but the white face mask was discarded in favor of a maroon mask. Helmet shells are Riddell.
 
Maroon shell, aTm on sides in white. A and M are larger and on either side of the larger "T", white facemasks
 

1979-1998
2004-2011

 
In Coach Tom Wilson's first full season as A&M coach, he re-introduced the maroon helmet while enlarging the aTm on the sides. This look became very popular and was retained by A&M for the next 20 seasons. Metallic shells were introduced in 2000. Helmet shells are Riddell, and Kelly from 1979-1983.
 
White shell, aTm on sides in maroon. A and M are larger and on either side of the larger "T", maroon facemasks
 
2009
 
A&M used white helmets for the first time since 1978 in the Arkansas game. A great look returns. Worn for two games in 2009 and then retired.
 
Maroon shell, aTm on sides in white. Special commemorative ribbon in maroon outlined in white that wraps around "T", white facemasks
 
2009
 
A&M unveiled special commemorative decal to commemorate the bonfire tragedy. Unveiled for Texas game in 2009.
 
Maroon matte finish shelll, smaller aTm on sides in white, gray facemasks.
 
2012-Current
 
New A&M helmet (with new retro 1977 uniforms) for 2012. Unfortunately, A&M has removed the white facemask for gray.
 
White shell, smaller aTm in maroon on sides, gray facemasks.
 
2012-Current
 
New A&M white helmets for 2012. Great looking helmet with the new retro uniforms. Best look for A&M in 2012. Hopefully we'll see these helmets worn at home, too.
 
Black shell, smaller aTm in white on sides with state of Texas outline in white, black facemasks.
 
2012
 
Special "black out" helmet and uniform worn against Mississippi State. A&M's version of the "black out" look that other schools are using. Maroon stripes on the jersey gets lost in the black.
 
White shell, aTm in patriotic red/white/blue on sides, gray facemasks.
 
2013
 
Worn to commemorate veterans in 2013.
 
Maroon shell, smaller aTm in white on sides with state of Texas outline in white, maroon facemasks.
 
2013
 
New look helmet replaces black helmet of 2012 and worn with both new gray uniforms and maroon uniforms.
 
White shell, smaller aTm in gray/silver on sides, white facemasks.
 
10/11/2014
 
Special "ice" uniforms and helmets unveiled on Oct. 11, 2014. The ice decals do not show up very well on the white helmet.
 
To order many of the above as full-size replica suspension Texas A&M helmets,
please click HERE to visit Gridiron Memories
 
Thanks to Greg Bond for contributing the leather helmet photos.
 
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