Designed to the specifications of the head gear worn by Roger Staubach as he wrested the spotlight in Navy’s 34-14 drubbing of Army in 1962, these (2) full-size helmets are autographed by the heroic signal caller in black marker (both “10” strength) and inscribed “Heisman 63.”
Each replica souvenir is a gold-colored plastic shell with size “7-3/8” crown suspension padding, jaw pads and a chin strap. The inspiration of oft-controversial Navy coach Wayne Hardin, the design strays from the tradition Navy “all-gold” as a “Jolly Roger” skull and crossbones decal is adhered to the front center and Chinese characters that translate to “Beat Army” adorn the sides. These were decidedly bold fashion statements during that era. The “Jolly Roger” label was simply meant to instill fear because of imagery alone. It was only coincidence that “Roger” gained widespread recognition that day as the Midshipmen trounced Army before a national television audience. As for the Chinese characters, well, they were intended as a dig mocking Army first-year head coach Paul Dietzel who, during the previous year at LSU, had gained acclaim mentoring a swarming defense that earned the nickname “Chinese Bandits.”
In any event, these are pristine souvenirs with bold endorsements. The “break” value is nice and at the same time, one can never have too many Roger Staubach mementos!