Florida Gators 1962 Gator Bowl Authentic Helmet Gray 2bar (last one)
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Prod. Code: College Full Size Football Helmets
This design was used during just one game, the Gator Bowl vs Penn State.
The 1962 Gator Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Penn State Nittany Lions an independent and the Gators of the University of Florida representing the SEC. Florida upset Penn State, 17–7.
Take another look at the picture Below. That’s the 1962 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Penn State versus Florida, played in late December. That’s Dave Robinson on the left, Penn State’s star defensive end and one of the best players in the country, a future Pro Football Hall of Famer with the Green Bay Packers. And that, on the right, on the helmet of a Florida football player, is the confederate flag.
Those flags were added to Florida’s helmets especially for this game, replacing the Gators’ traditional block numbers. They were a way of hyping up an otherwise meaningless bowl game, one in which Penn State was heavily favored but had little motivation to win, and one in which Florida, under coach Ray Graves, had decided to motivate his 6-4 team by playing up the regional (North versus South) aspect of this game, which of course was an unsubtle way of playing up the racial aspect of this game, since Penn State’s program was desegregated and Florida’s was not. Graves framed the criticism of his team as akin to criticism of the south itself. Before kickoff, the Florida marching band took the field playing Dixie and waving a massive confederate flag.