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The Michigan helmet isn't a ripoff per se. It was in fact brought to Michigan by the guy who designed it, Michigan (and former Princeton coach) Fritz Crisler. Crisler designed it at Princeton to be worn just by receivers, so that they were easy to see down-field. Eventually, it caught on at many schools, then thinned down so that Michigan ended up being the only D-1A (College Football Bowl Subdivision if you must) Team to use it.

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The Michigan helmet isn't a ripoff per se. It was in fact brought to Michigan by the guy who designed it, Michigan (and former Princeton coach) Fritz Crisler. Crisler designed it at Princeton to be worn just by receivers, so that they were easy to see down-field. Eventually, it caught on at many schools, then thinned down so that Michigan ended up being the only D-1A (College Football Bowl Subdivision if you must) Team to use it.

Wasn't the helmet based loosely from the pattern on top of the old leather 'helmets' players wore in the early days?

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actually, per the athletics website linked above, U of C reinstated varisty football in 1969.

I believe UChicago is also tied to the origins of the Cardinals, as the team had used, faded U of C uniforms and thus were the Chicago Cardinals. Or so that story goes.

argh!

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In most of these cases it's unfair to characterize the designs as "ripoffs." When most were designed, there was no such thing as "intellectual property" and no army of lawyers to take you to the Supreme Court if your logo even vaquely resembled someone else's. Even a large school's athletic budget probably didn't allow for hiring a designer even if you could find one back then.

Besides, in most cases copying a design was done to pay homage to the original. Good examples include the number of teams who have the Packer-esque "G" logo or Iowa going to their Steeler look-a-like unis.

Take off your designer hat and relax. It's not the end of the world if some college or high school has the same look as a pro team.

i'm not mad or even worked up...its just interesting, is all

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The Michigan helmet isn't a ripoff per se. It was in fact brought to Michigan by the guy who designed it, Michigan (and former Princeton coach) Fritz Crisler. Crisler designed it at Princeton to be worn just by receivers, so that they were easy to see down-field. Eventually, it caught on at many schools, then thinned down so that Michigan ended up being the only D-1A (College Football Bowl Subdivision if you must) Team to use it.

Wasn't the helmet based loosely from the pattern on top of the old leather 'helmets' players wore in the early days?

Yes, I believe that the stripes fit in with the pattern of the leather helmets/

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