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Penn State football helmet ranked No. 2 all-time

The Nittany Lions’ iconic helmet design was ranked as the second-best helmet in the sport.

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Dec 28, 2019; Arlington, Texas, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the game against the Memphis Tigers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Despite its simple design, it is one of the most beloved and recognized helmets in the sport of college football. The Penn State football helmet, which features a plain white design with a single blue stripe, is often debated by college football fans, though according to 247 Sports, it is one of the coolest and most-iconic helmets in the sport.

Penn State football helmet ranked No. 2 in college football by 247 Sports

There are few things in this life that never truly change. One of those things is the famed Penn State football uniform — the black shoes, the basic blues, no names on the jerseys, and all game on the field. These are all things that Penn State and college football fans can rely upon every fall Saturday when the Nittany Lions take the field at Beaver Stadium and Beyond.

Recently, 247 Sports ranked college football’s top 10 coolest and most-iconic helmets. Penn State football graced the list as the No. 2 team, only behind fellow Big Ten team Ohio State.

Three Big Ten programs make the top 10

Three Big Ten teams made 247’s list: Ohio State (1), Penn State (2), and Michigan (6) all made it into the top 10. If you count USC as a Big Ten program, they also made the list, coming in at No. 10. While it was undeniably a controversial pick, the Penn State football helmet has been ranked as the second-best helmet in college football history.



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