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Academy awards

Ever wonder how college football teams started awarding players decals to stick on their helmets? Here's a comprehensive history.

Updated: November 17, 2005, 2:16 PM ET
By Paul Lukas | Special to Page 2

In 1968, Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes and trainer Ernie Biggs decided to change the team's uniforms. They added names on the backs of the jerseys, put stripes on the sleeves, and, in a football first, decided to reward players who made big plays by putting a little decal on their helmets, sort of like getting a gold star from the teacher.

Nearly 40 years later, Hayes is remembered primarily as a blowhard who punched out an opposing player on national TV (preserved for posterity ...

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